Impfondo is a town and a commune[1] in the northeastern Republic of the Congo lying on the Oubangui River. It is home to an airport and is linked by river barge to Brazzaville and to Bangui. It is the administrative centre of the Likouala Department and the Impfondo District.

Town and Commune
Impfondo is located in Republic of the Congo
Location in the Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 1°37′7″N 18°03′44″E / 1.61861°N 18.06222°E / 1.61861; 18.06222
Country Republic of the Congo
DepartmentLikouala Department
DistrictImpfondo District
326 m (1,070 ft)
 • Total47,719

History edit

Historically called Desbordesville, Impfondo is usually a stopping point on the way to Bangui by barge. It is a frontier kind of place, the last vestige of what could be called civilisation in an area overwhelmed by dense forest swamps and small villages. Rumours abound of a police force and sets of soldiers more corrupt than in other parts of the Congo, probably due to its remoteness, in addition to being so close to the Democratic Republic of Congo over the river. Soldiers from DR Congo have been known to cross and harass the population on occasion, making people here more on edge than usual. The western side of the Congo River in the Likouala is home to refugee camps, though as the conflict in DR Congo subsides, they should be making their way back across the river.[2][needs update] Due to persistent flooding and proximity to the border with the DRC, Impfondo is considered a high risk zone for Ebola.[3]

To the west of Impfondo lies the Lac Tele area of the tropical jungle. This area is one of the least developed regions of Africa, with stretches of barely touched equatorial rain forest and wetlands stretching for hundreds of kilometres. Wilderness and animal concerns take precedence over the daily lives of people, and by some accounts, the Congo's north is the 'last great wilderness of Africa[2]'.

Large animals are still found across the area, including lowland gorillas, hippopotamus, forest elephants, crocodiles and numerous monkeys. The wetlands are also home to several hundred bird species, numerous snake species, and many as yet discovered aspects of the region.

There is a highly undeveloped dirt trail heading north from Impfondo along the river into the Central African Republic.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Loi n° 13-2017 du 16 mars 2017 portant érection de certaines communautés urbaines en communes" (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Sean., Rorison (2008). Congo : Democratic Republic and Republic. Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel Guides. ISBN 9781841622330. OCLC 181927517.
  3. ^ Republic of Congo Humanitarian Situation (PDF). UNICEF. 2021.