Most interesting landmarks of Central African Republic
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, savanna, granitic inselbergs and mighty rivers. Known landmarks include beautiful waterfalls, megalithic monuments and diverse cliff art.
Natural landmarks of Central African Republic
- 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 of Central African Republic
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 spacious shelter in it. Shelter contains cliff paintings in white, black and red colors. Paintings show people, elephants, buffaloes.
- 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 of Central African Republic
- 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 massive 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.
Described landmarks of Central African Republic
Featured: Boali Falls
Boali Falls belong to the best known landmarks in Central African Republic. This impressive waterfall is some 50 m high and 250 m wide.
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