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Wonders of the Central African Republic

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

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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.

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WorldViolet Top 17 wonders of the Central African Republic

Geological wonders

Boali Falls


Impressive, 250 m wide and up to 50 m tall waterfall.

Boali Falls at low water, Central African Republic
Boali Falls at low water / Philippe Jimenez, / copyleft Art Libre
Mbi Falls


Some 40 – 70 m tall waterfall on Mbi River.

Toutoubou Falls


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.

Matakil Falls


Approximately 70 – 80 m tall waterfall on Koumbala River. Around the falls is a lush forest, contrasting with the surrounding savanna.

Kembé Falls


Waterfall on Kotto River.

Elephant Rapids

Ombella-M’Poko and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rapids on Ubangi River.

Ngolo Waterfall


Waterfall on Kotto River.

Archaeological wonders

Bouar megaliths


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. The tallest stones are up to 5 m high.

Toulou shelter


Large monolith with spacious shelter in it. The shelter contains cliff paintings in white, black, and red colors. Paintings show people, elephants, and buffaloes.

Koumbala rock shelter


Cliff formation with rock shelter that contains cave paintings.

Djebel MĂ©la rock shelter


Rock shelter with interesting cave paintings of lizards, felines, and other motifs.

Architecture wonders

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.

Kaga-Kpoungouvou caves


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.

Bangui Notre Dame Cathedral


A Catholic cathedral, constructed in a fine Neo-Renaissance style.

WorldYellow 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 an open conflict fuelled by competing political forces.

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