ABOUT The Republic of the Congo is in Central Africa. The country is also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from its giant eastern neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. The Republic of Congo is not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, with whom the Republic shares a border. Home to colorful cultures and international conservationists, The Republic of Congo is nevertheless best known for its apes. Congo is indisputably the top destination in the world for lowland gorillas and wild chimpanzees, many of which reside in the dense inland rainforest and swamplands, and can be visited at Odzala National park, where the sheer size of animal residents and their mischievous antics thrills intrepid visitors. Instead, the lush land around the River Congo affords rich forests and steamy swamps. The country offers travellers a wonderful variety of natural attractions.

CLIMATE The best overall time to visit is probably June-September. Avoid the rainy season, October-May. Since the country is located on the Equator, the climate is consistent year-round the average day temperature is a humid 24 C, with nights generally 16-21 C.

BEWARE Like the other Congo, however, Congo-Brazzaville is a risky destination. Travel is relatively safe in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, but the countryside is to be avoided. Think very carefully whether your journey is essential and avoid travelling at night. If you become unwell during or immediately after travelling to the Republic of Congo, seek medical advice immediately. An outbreak of Chikungunya. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by mosquito bite. Health authorities in the Republic of Congo report that victims have typically suffered from fever, skin lesions, headaches, muscle and joint pain and general fatigue. If you suffer for any of these symptoms, please see medical attention immediately.