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Wonders of the Central African Republic

Boali Falls
Boali Falls / Teseum, Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

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

Ombella-M’Poko

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

Boali Falls, Central African Republic
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.

Pipi natural bridge

Haute-Kotto

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

Haute-Kotto

A natural arch.

Matakil Falls

Bamingui-Bangoran

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

Kembé Falls

Basse-Kotto

Waterfall on Kotto River.

Elephant Rapids

Ombella-M’Poko and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rapids on Ubangi River.

Ngolo Waterfall

Basse-Kotto

Waterfall on Kotto River.

Archaeological wonders

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.

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.

Koumbala rock shelter

Bamingui-Bangoran

Cliff formation with rock shelter that contains cave paintings.

Djebel Méla rock shelter

Haute-Kotto

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

Architecture wonders

Tata Palace of Sultan Senoussi

Bamingui-Bangoran

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

Bamingui-Bangoran

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

Bangui

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

Bangui Notre Dame Cathedral

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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