Often confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), on the opposite side of the river Congo, Congo (known officially as the Republic of Congo and also sometimes called Congo-Brazzaville) offers a more friendly and less threatening entirely on expanding its neighbor.
Noted for its lowland gorillas and wild chimpanzees (the country has more than 80% of the population), the Congo is characterized by dense rainforest and impenetrable jungle, juxtaposed to a narrow coastal strip that houses a 169 km nascent oil industry. Outside the French capital Brazzaville flavored, attractions include the surf beaches of Pointe-Noire, the whitewater rapids of the Congo River and – at 13, 600 square kilometers, Odzala National Park – one of the most largest and least known of tropical Africa.
Band Wildlife in Congo remains a largely unknown quantity for most foreigners, with little tourist infrastructure and a recent six years of civil conflict, scaring all but the most intrepid travelers. But with a pathway to peace in progress and old feuds and disagreements temporarily – or permanently – forgotten, change flashing tantalizingly on the horizon.
The greatest asset of the Congo is the Congo. Musicians, cooks, philosophers and table soccer lovers, the inhabitants of this former French colony, without doubt, one of its national exports more attractive. Ignoring adversity and always curious visitors, this is a nation of people eager for a good laugh. Be open and friendly and could be invited to share the joke.