Wonders of the Central African Republic
The enormous Central African Republic most certainly keeps many secrets that still need to be discovered. The country is very diverse – here is a dormant rainforest with pygmies, savanna, granitic inselbergs, and mighty rivers. Known landmarks include beautiful waterfalls, megalithic monuments, and diverse cliff art.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 17 wonders of the Central African Republic
Impressive, 250 m wide and up to 50 m tall waterfall.
Some 40 – 70 m tall waterfall on Mbi River.
Group of three impressive falls, falling from the same overhanging cliff. Falls are some 10 – 15 m high.
Pipi natural bridge
This natural bridge is carved by the river – it crosses the Pipi gorge and is some 9 m above the river.
Djako Arc of Triumph
A natural arch.
Approximately 70 – 80 m tall waterfall on Koumbala River. Around the falls is a lush forest, contrasting with the surrounding savanna.
Waterfall on Kotto River.
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Rapids on Ubangi River.
Waterfall on Kotto River.
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.
Large monolith with spacious shelter in it. Shelter contains cliff paintings in white, black and red colors. Paintings show people, elephants, buffaloes.
Koumbala rock shelter
Cliff formation with rock shelter that contains cave paintings.
Djebel Méla rock shelter
Rock shelter with interesting cave paintings of lizards, felines and other motifs.
Tata Palace of Sultan Senoussi
Ruins of a fortified palace and settlement that were built and inhabited in the 17th – 18th centuries AD. The remaining walls are up to 5 m high.
Group of cave refuges in the impressive granitic inselbergs. Here were hiding Gbagga people who were trying to escape from the slavery of sultan Senoussi. They closed their caves with massive stone slabs.
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.
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 an open conflict fuelled by competing political forces.