Destination Information for Congo
The Republic of Congo is in Central Africa, not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a much larger country bordering it to the East. The entire population of Congo is concentrated in just two main urban areas, the cities of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, or in the smaller villages and towns along the railway line connecting them. Around 80% of the country is covered by tropical rainforest, making it a fabulous destination for wildlife watching in the Congo’s many reserves and national parks. The longest dry season in the Congo is May – September, and most tourists find that this is the best time to visit.
The country’s most famous national park, the Odzala National Park is known as one of the most important places in Africa for the conservation of forest elephants and gorillas. There are a number of camps at the reserve with luxury tourist lodges, where you can begin a safari adventure to see amazing birds and animals in their natural habitat. If you’re visiting Brazzaville, make sure you take in the sight of the rapids of the Congo River, where the power of the water is most impressive to watch. There are plenty of places to enjoy a meal, with a variety of cafes, restaurants and hotels in the city, where you can sample ‘Palm Wine’, a local favourite.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Congo. Please contact the FCO for advice.