Attractions

The Republic of Congo has some really exciting attractions but doesn't yet have the infrastructure to support tourism. The country is considered mostly safe for foreigners, although petty crime is a problem, and roads arein a poor condition and sometimes impassable, making it difficult to reach many ofthe amazing destinations the country has to offer. As a result, tourists tend to stick to the two largest cities, Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, which both have international airports and are linked by rail.

Both cities have sights of interest for visitors and there are many natural wonders nearby to explore: the beaches of Pointe Noire are particularly popular; Brazzaville is situated on the banks of the massive Congo River; and the dramatic Diosso Gorge is easily accessible. However, it seems a pity not to venture beyond the cities into the Congolese wilderness, as the rainforest and its wildlife are really the Congo's greatest asset. The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world. The best place to experience the country's famous but relatively unexplored flora and fauna is the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, where visitors can seek out forest elephants and gorillas, which are now so endangered that it is difficult to find them anywhere in the wild.


Sunset in Pointe Noire

Pointe Noire

Pointe Noire is the second largest city in the Republic of Congo, the commercial hub of the country, and a very popular tourist. It is the centre of the oil industry in the region and a major sea port. Tourists flock to Pointe...  see full details



Congo River at dusk

Brazzaville

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville is located on the mighty Congo River, just opposite the sprawling city of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the only place in the world where two capital...  see full details



African Forest Elephant

Odzala National Park

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is in the northwest of the Republic of Congo, and is one of the most amazing protected wilderness areas in the world. The park was founded in 1935 and remains one of the most important strongholds for forest elephants and...  see full details



Diosso Gorge

Diosso Gorge

Diosso is a town in the Republic of Congo, situated about 15 miles (25km) north of Pointe Noire in the Kouilou Department. The town is conveniently close to Pointe Noire and has a few attractions including a small museum, a mausoleum, and the...  see full details