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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.


Angola is a revelation – in more ways than one. Marked by years of war painfully debilitating and untouched by foreign visitors since the 1970s, the country remains remote and unknown, with few observers of both the geographic highlights and vast cultural riches that are hidden behind a veneer violent appearance. But with the recent removal of a 40-year civil conflict ushering in a prolonged period of peace and stability, opportunities for exploration opens in silence. For outsiders the attractions are many. Despite widespread poverty, corruption, innate and infrastructure devastated by decades of indiscriminate fighting, Angola has an appeal that few countries can match. Here, in the heady heat of equatorial Africa, you will find some of the most polite of the continent and discover many of its best kept secrets.

Relax on the long beaches, solitude shows untouched natural parks or sift through the ruins of Portuguese colonialism. From Luanda to Lubango, the nuances are alarming.

Despite advances in infrastructure and the security situation improved dramatically, travel to Angola remains the preserve of adventurers, fanatics or those budgets.But flexible transport network gradually recovering and wildlife that are sent to repopulate the depleted national parks, signs of recovery are more than a mirage.
Angola is halfway along the path of economic and political atonement, and it would be a shame to lose the chance of a spectacular renaissance.