Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of Congo, lies lazily on the edge of the Congo riverbanks, its pleasant and laid-back nature contrasting greatly with its bustling neighbour, Kinshasa, which stares back from across the swirling waters of the mighty Congo River. Charming is the best way to describe this unassuming city, with its French heritage proudly announcing itself in its light-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and old catholic churches.
Some the most striking sights in Brazzaville are the Catholic Churches: the grand Basilique Sainte-Anne stands proudly with its green-tiled roof and spear-shaped arch, while the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart offers up amazing views of the city. The laid-back nature of the city is broken by the hustle and bustle of the Marché Total, the biggest market in Brazzaville, which houses a wonderfully wild array of goods.
The city is also the gateway to all the natural wonders of the Republic of Congo and is a great place to start a journey down the Congo River into the so-called heart of darkness. The Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville receives flights from a variety of African cities as well as Paris and Dubai.