Cheap flights from Republic of the Congo

A country of pristine forest reserves, the Republic of Congo makes one of the finest destinations for ecotourism in Africa. Lowland gorillas, forest elephants, and troops of monkeys make the environment here a thriving paradise. Despite this impressive slice of nature, Congo remains unknown to various visitors, which makes it a delight to explore for tourists who want to check out relatively uncharted lands.

Once dominated by Bantu-speaking tribes who built trade links into the Congo River basin, Congo went under French colonialism in 1880, with independence granted to the country in 1960. A brief period of communism enveloped Congo between 1970 and 1991, before it turned democratic since 1992. Several years of political upheaval followed, but a fairly stable government is now in power, which makes it a trip to Congo possible with enough safety measures.

Where to go

Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, makes a pleasant start to an outdoor vacation. The laid-back atmosphere of the city serves as a restful base for tourists, mainly due to the calm waters of the Stanley Pool area of the Congo River that lies near where Brazzaville was established. Those going around will find cultural landmarks such as the Basilique Sainte-Anne, a modernist 1949 building, who fused Western architecture forms with local building techniques. The Ecole de Peinture de Poto-Poto is also splendid to visit, where visitors can find various artworks from talented painters who often have exhibits featured in Europe and the United States. One can also pick up a pretty souvenir here that can be proudly displayed back home. From here, tourists can start checking out the environment of Congo. The waters roiling into rapids at the outskirts of the city makes quite a sight with an impressive view even at a distance, especially for those fascinated with natural water features.

After the middling sights of the city, tourists can now take the time to explore the countryside of Congo. The Parc National Conkouati-Douli stretches from the Atlantic Ocean up into mountain jungles, making it the most diverse nature reserve in the country. Poaching problems affected the wildlife of the park for some time, but more park infrastructure and security has recently turned the tide for the welfare of the species. Tourists going here can go by boat up the Ngongo River or go on forest walks with a guide to explore the forests. One can also venture to the Parc National Nouabale-Ndoki, one of the treasures of Africa. The vast region of swampy forest is home to thriving populations, which UNESCO recognised as a World Heritage site in 2012.

If Congo has some of the wildest and most impressive nature sights, South Africa is the cultural highlight of the continent. Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of the country, is one of the most modern cities in the region with new developments for commercial and residential growth. A trip here is best started with the Apartheid Museum, where one will find multimedia exhibits about the apartheid system and the country's struggle for democracy. There was also the Liliesleaf Farm, which formerly housed the secret headquarters of the African National Congress during the 1960s. Reopened as a museum in 2008, the complex features interactive exhibits towards the people's movement for independence. From here, tourists can check out Mary Fitzgerald Square, where one can stroll around the city and check out the Jazz Walk of Fame and the bronze sculpture of Brenda Fassie, one of the most popular musicians of the era.

Cape Town of golden beaches and bountiful vineyards is also a delight to visit. The Clifton Beaches are some of the most popular in the region with vendors hawking drinks and ice creams. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with the unique flora is also a sight to behold from the conservatory to the Tree Canopy Walkway, a steel and timber bridge where one can get an amazing view of the gardens.

Dubai, located on the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the region. A wide change from the jungles of Congo, Dubai makes the pinnacle of destinations for those who want to shop and look around some of the most amazing sights in Southwest Asia. Dubai Museum makes one of the best places to stop at, where one can learn about Dubai's development from a Bedouin village to a global centre of commerce and finance. Those going around can see the Burq Khalifa for themselves, a groundbreaking feat of architecture and engineering with two observation decks on the 124th and the 148th floors that offer a dizzying yet pleasing view of the city.

Tourists can also check out the Jumeirah Mosque, a mosque with a white facade and intricate decorations. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in the country that is also open to non-Muslims. One-hour guided tours are possible here, making the place a delight to visit for those who want to learn more about Islamic religion and culture.

How to get out

When visiting other places from Congo, tourists can look for connecting flights from Maya-Maya Airport. Airlines transporting passengers between here and other places abroad include Air Cote d'Ivoire, Air France, ASKY Airlines, Camair-Co, Canadian Airways Congo, Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Equaflight, Interair South Africa, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, RwandAir, SN Air Congo, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, Trans Air Congo, and Westair Benin.

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