Bangui (Central African Republic)
The next destination is Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Formerly part of French Equatorial Africa, Central African Republic is a small landlocked country in central Africa and gained independence from France in 1960. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo to the south and Cameroon to the west.
The Central African Republic is nearly completely covered in forest, with much of it being very inaccessible. This rainforest harbours many endangered species and has the largest concentration of hippos in the world. However, the country’s population is extremely impoverished, and it is currently placed second last on the UN’s Human Development index with a Gross domestic product per capita of just 475.72 (USD).
The main religion of practice in the Central African republic is Protestant Christianity with over 50% of people following this faith.
Our fourteenth leg starts here, and makes its way South East for 1,485km deep into the rainforest of the Congo. This leg arrives at the Congo River (Kisangani, DRC)