City Guide, Bangui
Bangui , capital city of the Central African Republic, a port on the Ubangi River,
near the Congo (Kinshasa) border. Bangui is an administrative, trade, and communications
center. Its manufactures include textiles, food products, beer, shoes, and soap.
Bangui's port handles most of the country's international trade; the chief exports
are cotton, timber, coffee, and sisal. Bangui is at the hub of the nation's road
network. The city was founded in 1889. The Univ. of Bangui is located here.
The main tourist attractions are hunting, fishing, the waterfalls, and the many
varieties of wild animals. Of special interest are the falls at Boali and Kembé,
the megaliths of Bouar, and the Pygmies at Mongoumba. Features include waterfalls
near the capital city Bangui, primate safaris with gorilla watching, elephants,
rhinoceros and buffaloes as well as pristine rainforests in untouched settings.
Culture and entertainment
Local culture is also very much connected with religion and often expressed in
art from their colorful clothes to crafts, dancing, singing and so on. Traditional
art is usually represented by pottery; decorative objects made of leather, ivory,
wood and can be found in special markets while modern art is present especially
in art exhibitions organized by different institutions like the French Cultural
Centre, local museum and so on.
Food and drink
Western food is only available in the capital, Bangui. Most of the top-class
hotels have good restaurants. The standard of these restaurants is high, but they
do tend to be expensive. Bars are numerous in Bangui with both table and counter
service. Drinking and smoking are not encouraged in Muslim society; in Muslim areas,
drinking is best done in private. Elsewhere, there are numerous beer halls offering
beverages of a high standard.
Bangui has reasonable shopping facilities, notably for ebony, gold jewelry, butterfly
collections and objets d’art made from butterfly wings.