1. Central African Republic is a landlocked country located in the center of Africa (commonly shortened to CAR).
2. It’s the 21st largest
country in Africa and the 44th largest country in the word.
3. Its capital and largest city is
4. Major ethnic groups: Baya (33%),
Banda (27%), Mandjia (13%), Sara (10%), Mboum (7%), M’Baka (4%), Yakoma (4%),
5. Major languages: Sangho and French
(both official); CAR is one of the few African countries to have an African
language as their official language.
6. Major religions: Christianity (80%),
Islam (10%), Indigenous or other beliefs (5%), no religion (5%)
7. Today’s CAR has been inhabited for
millennia, but its current borders were established by France, which ruled the
country as a colony beginning in the late 1800s.
8. CAR gained independence from France in
9. Despite its significant resources,
such as uranium reserves, crude oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, lumber, and
hydropower, CAR is one of the least developed African countries and among the 10
poorest countries in the world.
10. CAR has diverse and beautiful landscapes,
which include grasslands, deserts, waterfalls, rainforests and mountains.
11. Things to do in Bangui include the
national museum – Musée Ethnograhique Barthélémy Boganda, Central Market, Notre
Dame Cathedral, the presidential palace, and canoe rides on the Oubangui River.
12. The two biggest tourist attractions are
the Chutes De Boali (164-foot waterfalls) and Dzanga-Sangha National Park (home
of western lowland gorillas and forest elephants). Visits and stays with the local
Pygmy communities are also popular.
13. CAR is one of the least visited
countries in Africa and not currently considered safe for travel due to ongoing