The quieter of the two capitals on the Congo River, Brazzaville is home to the famous sartorial subculture ‘Les Sapeurs’. Established as early as the 1920’s, its aspirational roots continue to embody its acronym, a ‘Society of Ambiance Makers and Elegant People’.
Prepare for Brazzaville
Be well prepared for your trip. Access information on safety and health, current affairs, what to read and, if you have time, some local language.
Tips for Brazzaville
Our tips to get more from your visit.
Always pre- arrange your transport from the airport.
Get advice from your hotel about the best forms of transport including chauffeur-driven cars, taxis and ride-hailing apps.
If you like your taxi driver, get the number and build up a relationship with them.
Take the volume of road traffic into account when making plans.
Visitors will incur roaming charges when using a foreign mobile phone for calls or data.
You may choose to only use your handset for data when WiFi is freely available, such as in your hotel. But if you need more flexibility, and if you have an unlocked handset, buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card.
SIM cards may be bought at the airport, some hotels, supermarkets and at mobile phone shops.
You will need to produce your passport.
The largest service providers include MTN and Airtel.
Have the vendor set up the SIM card, load the initial airtime and explain how you can add more airtime when needed.
The rainy season is from October until May.
On arrival, try to get to the immigration counter as quickly as possible.
Leave your passport somewhere safe and carry a photocopy on you at all times.
Don’t take photographs of officials and official buildings. Ask people before photographing them.
Don’t drink tap water.
Observe religious customs and etiquette.
Being friendly goes a long way!