Top Ten Central African Republic Attractions

Top Ten Central African Republic Attractions

       The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It borders Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. The CAR covers a land area of about 240,000 square miles (623,000 km²), and has an estimated population of about 4.4 million (2008). Bangui is the capital city. Most of the CAR consists of Sudano-Guinean savannas but it also includes a Sahelo-Sudanian zone in the north and an equatorial forest zone in the south. Two thirds of the country lies in the basins of the Ubangi River, which flows south into the Congo River, while the remaining third lies in the basin of the Chari River, which flows north into Lake Chad. Since most of the territory is located in the Ubangi and Shari river basins, France called the colony it carved out in this region Ubangi-Chari, or Oubangui-Chari in French. It became a semi-autonomous territory of the French Community in 1958 and then an independent nation on August 13, 1960. For over three decades after independence, the CAR was ruled by presidents who either were not freely elected or took power by force. Local discontent with this system was eventually reinforced by international pressure, following the end of the Cold War. The first multi-party democratic elections were held in 1993 with resources provided by the country’s donors and help from the UN Office for Electoral Affairs, and brought Ange-Félix Patassé to power. He lost popular support during his presidency and was overthrown in 2003 by French-backed General François Bozizé, who went on to win a democratic election in May 2005. Inability to pay workers in the public sector led to strikes in 2007, forcing the resignation of the government in early 2008. A new Prime Minister, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, was named on January 22, 2008. The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world and among the ten poorest countries in Africa. The Human Development Index for the Central African Republic is 0.369, which gives the country a rank of 179 out of 182 countries with data.

  1. Manovo-Gounda St.Floris National Park


    Manovo-Gounda St.Floris National Park is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Central African Republic prefecture Bamingui-Bangoran, near the Chad border. It was inscribed to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1988 as a result of the diversity of life present within it. Notable species include black rhinoceroses, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, red-fronted gazelles and buffalo. But it is under threat due to its rare wildlife dying and animals species being wiped out. People are working on breeding programs to revive the natural wildlife.
    Links: National Parks, Top Ten African National Parks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manovo-Gounda_St_Floris_National_Park,
  2. Bangui

    Bangui is the capital of and the largest city in the Central African Republic. The majority of the population of the Central African Republic lives in the western parts of the country, near Bangui. Though located within Ombella-M’Poko prefecture, it is an independent commune, and thus politically independent of the surrounding prefecture.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangui,
  3. Links: Top Ten Countries that Need Help, Attractions, African Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Republic,