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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Geography and Landscape

Basic information
Official languageFrench, Sangho
CapitalBangui
Area622,984 kmĀ²
Population4,814,361  (2019)
CurrencyCFA-franc  (XAF)
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Code.CAF
Tel.+236

General

As the name suggests, the Central African Republic is located in Central Africa. The republic is bordered to the north by Chad, to the east by Sudan, to the south by Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and to the west by Cameroon. The area of the Central African Republic is 622,984 square kilometers.

Central African Republic Satellite photoPhoto:Publc domain

Landscape

Central African Republic LandscapePhoto:David Holt Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic no changes made

The north of the country is dry and fairly barren, but dense tropical forest grows along the rivers in the southwest. Vast savannas lie between these landscapes. At the border with Cameroon, the land rises to 2000 meters. The Chari River crosses the Central African Republic from east to west.

Climate

Tropisch savanneklimaat overheerst in Centraal-Afrikaanse Republiek Photo:Ali Zafan Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International no changes made

The climate in the Central African Republic is tropical. Temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius and in April, just before the rains start, daytime temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season lasts until October and most rain falls in August and September. The best time to travel is from December to February.

Plants

Banana trees Central African RepublicPhoto:Rameshng Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported no changes made

The Central African Republic has a lot of variety in vegetation. There are both rainforests and savannas. Common in the Central African Republic are acacia, banana, groundnut, cotton, coffee, mahogany, okoumé and palm.

Animals

Western lowland gorilla Central African RepublicPhoto:Tim Strater Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic no changes made

The Central African Republic is one of the countries of Africa with a very varied animal life. There is a large bird population and there are many beautiful butterfly and insect species, bats and snakes. Antelopes, buffaloes and elephants can be found on the savannas and hippos, crocodiles and rhinos live along the rivers.

In the heart of the Congo River basin, in the south of the Central African Republic, the Western Lowland Gorilla lives. Lowland gorillas live in a very dense and inaccessible area and it is almost impossible to observe these animals directly.

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Sources

Elmar Landeninformatie

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated April 2021
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