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Central Africa is the heartbeat of the African continent. Sometimes referred to as “Middle Africa,” it is a region that always seems to be in transition.

Traveling through Central Africa takes one out of the Sahara Desert and toward the grasslands of the south, while being able to enjoy the benefits of coastal living at the same time.

Many of the countries that make up Central Africa have experienced similar political, economic, and demographic development over the centuries. Because of this commonality, there are many inter-relationships that are found in this nation group. Several ethnicities have a presence in multiple nations, providing their own unique influences on dance, art, and music.

Even during the colonial period of Africa, the countries of Central Africa were able to maintain their unique regional identity. Life here involves fishing, farming, and herding. Thanks to the agricultural benefits which Lake Chad is able to provide, nearly 10 million people benefit from the food products and income that the lake is able to provide the region.

Many of the countries in this region gained their independence between 1956-1962. Since then, they’ve maintained their colonial boundaries, for the most part, since they were set at the Conference of Berlin in 1884-1885.

There can be political changes that occur swiftly in Central Africa, but there are also great rewards that can be found when visiting this region. It is a testament to the adaptability of humanity, surviving even when conditions may seem impossible to bear.

Below you find a list of countries belonging to the region known as Central Africa.

Angola

Located in Central Africa, the Republic of Angola sits along the Atlantic Coast and has numerous Portuguese influences throughout its culture. Each ethnic community within the nation follows its own traits and traditions, but a combined heritage from the colonial period has gained in dominance as well. Visiting Angola often means reserving time to explore Luanda. This island features tropical beaches that are clean and well-kept. Marine sports are available and you won’t want to miss the Benfica Market. Beautiful desert beaches...

Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon serves as the crossroads of Africa. It is situated along the western coast, right on the Bight of Biafra as part of the Gulf of Guinea. English and French are the official languages of this diverse culture. It is sometimes referred to as a “miniature Africa” because virtually all cultures are represented, as are many of the continent’s most notable geographical features. A visit to Cameroon may include time at the beach, desert expeditions, mountain treks,...

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic, or CAR for short, is located centrally on the continent and is rich in mineral reserves. Like many nations in the region, it was initially established as a self-governing colony before it was able to achieve independence. Despite the richness of its natural reserves, however, CAR is frequently listed as one of the poorest nations in the world today. In 2015, it ranked last in terms of human development. What makes life difficult in the Central African...

Chad

The Republic of Chad is centrally located in the northern part of the African continent. It is one of the largest nations on the continent in terms of size and has several unique regions to explore. From the deserts of the north to the agricultural zones of the south, there are more than 200 different linguistic and ethnic groups that call this country their home. Unlike other nations in the region, Chad has specific entry requirements. One must have a letter...

Congo

Offically the Republic of Congo, this nation is often confused with the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, which is a neighbor to this country. A former French colony, the culture you’ll find here has been influenced by the landscapes more than anything else. From flooded forests to rugged mountains, people here have learned to adapt to changing circumstances when needed. There is more than 170km of beaches to explore along the Atlantic Coast of Congo. There are also national parks and...

DR Congo

The Democratic Republic (DR) of the Congo, which neighbors the Republic of Congo (a separate nation) is at the very heart of Africa. It is the second-largest nation on the continent and is mostly landlocked, though a small coastal region along the Atlantic Ocean is available. It is a land that offers many natural wonders that invite one and all to go exploring. That journey often begins with Mount Nyiragongo. It is an active volcano that stands tall at 3470m. It...

Equatorial Guinea

Located along the Atlantic Coast region of Central Africa, the Equatorial Guinea changed its name from Spanish Guinea when it achieved independence. It has one of the largest oil reserves in Africa, which makes the nation one of the richest, per-capita, on the continent today. Despite that wealth, opportunities can be few and far between in Equatorial Guinea. The nation ranks in the bottom 20% for human development, human trafficking can be a significant problem, and certain freedoms can be restricted...

Gabon

Located along the western coast of Central Africa, Gabon has more than 10% of its land designated as national park space. This provides visitors a chance to experience a vast array of wildlife in its natural rainforest or savannah habitats. There are pristine white-sand beaches to enjoy as well, giving you the chance to relax and explore in a way that best suits you. Along the way, you’ll find waterfalls, coastal fishing, and the beautiful Crystal Mountains. While staying in Gabon, make sure...

Sao Tome and Principe

The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea. Discovered by Portugal in the 15th century, the two archipelagos still speak Portuguese as their official language. One can explore rainforests, coral reefs, and numerous kilometers of beach or choose to relax by the waves and let an afternoon slide by in peace. What makes Sao Tome and Principe such an intriguing destination is the fact that much of the landscape has remained...

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