Security precautions in RCA

You must understand that while the people of the Central African Republic are a wonderful lot, because of the poverty in the country there is a small section of the population that has taken to theft and robbery. You should be very careful about your money and luggage, and travel in a group always. Also, malaria is particularly prevalent there, so you should take care to equip yourself with adequate mosquito repellants and other precautions. Also, unprotected sex with the locals is to be strictly avoided as AIDS is a major epidemic in that country. And you shouldn't swim at all - as the waters here are full of parasites that cause a pernicious disease called bilharzias.

Here are the best places to visit:

Manovo-Gounds St. Floris National Park: This huge wildlife sanctuary has one of the most precious collections in the world of a vast variety of flora and fauna, and is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage site. It's open only from December to May. In the rest of the year this national park is kept free from human visitors as this is the mating period for animals, which need peace and quiet during this time. Understandably so!

Bamingui-Bangoran National Park: This is another vast wildlife sanctuary located at the north-east of the country and is known for its lions, leopards and rhinos.

Dzanga-Sangha National park: This national park is right at the heart of a vast rainforest and is a must visit for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Chutes de Baliis: This is an incredibly HUGE waterfall that has a height of over 50 meters, as it drops at a great height from high up on a mountain. It's quite an extraordinary site during the rainy season and is said to be stronger in terms of the thickness of the water than even the Niagara Falls. In full flow, the Chutes de Baliis is an extraordinary sight that has been captured in many movies filmed in Africa.

Ma Baiki: This beautiful little village is right in the middle of a huge coffee plantation and is only a half an hour drive away from the city of Bangui. As a tourist, you will simply love the thick aroma of coffee and you may have as many cups of coffee you want to, as you relax in the pleasant ambiance of this cozy little place.

Ubangui River: The Ubangi is the biggest river in the Central African Republic and you may traverse the length and breadth of this deep river on the commercial boats and barges that dot its landscape. Don't forget to bring your best camera along, as you sail through the river and find yourself surrounded by thick forests on either of its banks.
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