Pointe Noire

Overview

Introduction

A major Atlantic seaport, Pointe Noire (pop. 638,000) can be reached from Brazzaville by rail or air. There is a road from Loubomo to Pointe Noire, but it is almost impassable. We suggest that you take the train in and fly out. When the country settles down, the city will be a nice place to spend a couple of days on the beautiful beach (offering such sports as fishing, sailing and windsurfing). Every night the market area comes alive with music and dancing. Other activities include strolling through eucalyptus forests, watching the fishermen, riding a cruise boat along the Congo River, and visiting the Bouenza Waterfalls and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Don't miss the Diosso Gorges, about 12 mi/20 km from town. These impressive canyons, close to the coast, merit at least a two-hour visit. 235 mi/380 km west of Brazzaville.

Note: Travel outside of Pointe Noire is currently not advised.

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