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Papilio lornieri in Sangha forest, Central African Republic
Papilio lornieri in Sangha forest / bayanga85, CC BY-SA 2.0

The enormous Central African Republic most certainly keeps many secrets which still need to be discovered. Country is very diverse - here is dormant rainforest with pygmies, savannah, granitic inselbergs and mighty rivers. Known landmarks include beautiful waterfalls, megalithic monuments and diverse cliff art.

Natural landmarks

Waterfalls

  • Boali Falls - Ombella-M'Poko. Impressive, 250 m wide and up to 50 m tall waterfall.
  • Kembé Falls - Basse-Kotto and Mbomou. Powerful falls which are similar to steep, some 10 - 15 m tall rapids. Formed on Kotto River.
  • Mbi Falls - Ombella-M'Poko. Some 40 - 70 m tall waterfall on Mbi River.
  • Toutoubou Falls - Mambéré-Kadéï. Group of three impressive falls, falling from the same overhanging cliff. Falls are some 10 - 15 m high.

Other natural landmarks

  • Djako Arc of Triumph and Pipi natural bridge - Haute-Kotto. Two natural arches.

Man made landmarks

Rock paintings and engravings

  • Djebel Méla rock shelter - Haute-Kotto. Rock shelter with interesting cave paintings of lizards, felines and other motifs.
  • Koumbala rock shelter - Bamingui-Bangoran. Cliff formation with rock shelter which contains cave paintings.
  • Lengo cliff art - Mbomou. More than 500 engravings and hundreds of cupules on a huge, horizontal laterite slab. Drawings show animals, geometric symbols, arms.
  • Toulou shelter - Bamingui-Bangoran. Large monolith with spatious shelter in it. Shelter contains cliff paintings in white, black and red colors. Paintings show people, elephants, buffaloes.

Megaliths

  • Bouar megaliths - Nana-Mambéré. In the surroundings of Bouar city are found some 70 groups of megalithic stone settings (tajunu), most likely created in the Neolithic age. Sites contain burial cists and upright stones. Tallest stones are up to 5 m high.

Other man made landmarks

  • Bangui Notre Dame Cathedral - Bangui. Catholic cathedral, constructed in fine Neo-Renaissance style.
  • Kaga-Kpoungouvou caves - Bamingui-Bangoran. Group of cave refuges in the impressive granitic inselbergs. Here were hiding Gbagga people, trying to escape from the slavery of sultan Senoussi, caves were closed with massiv stone slabs.
  • Tata Palace of Sultan Senoussi - Bamingui-Bangoran. Ruins of fortified palace and settlement, built and inhabited in the 17th - 18th centuries AD. Remaining walls are up to 5 m high.

List of described attractions by prefectures

Central African Republic is divided into 14 prefectures, 2 economic prefectures and 1 autonomous commune - Bangui.

Bamingui-Bangoran
Bangui
Basse-Kotto
Haute-Kotto
Haut-Mbomou
Kémo
Lobaye
Mambéré-Kadéï
Mbomou
Nana-Grébizi
Nana-Mambéré
Ombella-M'Poko
ArrowBoali FallsWaterfalls
Ouaka
Ouham
Ouham-Pendé
Sangha-Mbaéré
Vakaga

Map of Central African Republic

Featured: Boali Falls

Boali Falls, Central African Republic
Boali Falls / The EITI, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Boali Falls belong to the best known landmarks in Central African Republic. This impressive waterfall is some 50 m high and 250 m wide.

Recommended books:

Making Sense of the Central African Republic

Despite its position at the center of a tumultuous region that has drawn substantial international attention and intervention over the decades, the Central African Republic is often overlooked when discussions turn to questions of postcolonial development, democracy, and change in Africa.

The Unravelling: Central African Republic

Published as the recipient of the 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award, "The Unravelling: Central African Republic" by Marcus Bleasdale documents the recent breakdown of order and outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Working with Human Rights Watch (HRW) award-winning photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale traveled to remote areas of CAR where once friendly neighbors were in open conflict fuelled by competing political forces.

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