Originally known as Ubang- Shari, this former French colony was renamed Central African Republic (CAR) following independence in 1960. CAR is landlocked and shares her borders with Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Sudan. The country’s population is approximately 5 million and the capital city is Bangui.
Central African Republic: Climate and Wildlife
The CAR’s climate is tropical with hot, dry winters and mild to how wet summers. The terrain varies with vast flat to rolling plateaus and scattered hills and rainforest in the North East and South West. Like much of Africa visitors can get to see wildlife in the nations wildelife parks. Some of the popular game parks are Bamigun Bangoran national park, Dzanga Sangha National Park, Dzanga Sangha special reserve among others. The parks are home many wild animals including elephants and gorillas.
Central African Republic: People and Language
The official language is French though Sangho and other tribal languages are widely spoken in the country.
Other Facts from Central African Republic
Due to political instability, CAR remains among the least developed countries in the world. In CAR, some of the main sources of export revenue include uncut diamonds and timber. Due to widespread poverty much of the nation remains engaged in subsistence farming. Over 70% percent of the country’s population live in rural areas and the nation’s economy has suffered significantly from lack of suitable infrastructure. Which is especially important given that agriculture and lumbering makes the greatest contribution to the national economy. The political instability has persisted and the most recent events were a peaceful coup d’etat in March 2013. The President has since fled and the nation is under military rule.