Congo River

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aussietim1979
Sandton, South Africa371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
What a river! Amazing how mighty it is. Definitely worth getting on or near the river to appreciate the size and strength of it. There are some nice spots on it.
Written 29 October 2022
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Anonymous
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
I use the company called Congo Travel and Tour. They committed to use a 4*4 car with AC for our trip Zongo Falls. However, the car that we used didn't have a AC for the entire trip and wasn't a 4X4 car. For almost 10 hours, we were in a car with AC smelling gasoline. I do not recommend that company
Written 4 September 2022
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Bill B
Bel Air, MD18,177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
There are several restaurants and hotels from which one can get a great view of the Congo River, particularly looking from Brazzaville over to Kinshasa. Ironically there is no bridge across to connect these two big capital cities. One can watch local fishermen at work. There is a majestic bridge across the Djoue River very near where this tributary empties into the Congo. The bridge should be seen both in the day and when it is lighted at night. To the east of the city the river divides and meanders through small islands, but just to the west, one finds rocky rapids, giving the Congo both a peaceful and somewhat dangerous character.
Written 10 November 2019
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Prabu Deepan
Colombo, Sri Lanka478 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I’m awed by he beauty and the might of this river - was heartbreaking to see the plastics on its beaches and the pollution of it. I wish people would preserve this, so that this river can continue to be a source of vitality for many.
Written 1 September 2019
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DFL49
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
While playing football on a sandbar one Saturday, we spied a large boat with passengers go under due to choppy waters. We sped out in our boat and I and my friends were able to rescue all, including women with children.
Written 18 February 2019
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dahlb71
Atlanta, GA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
I always enjoy looking at the volume of water that flows down the giant Congo. Great place to watch the sunset or listen to the rapids.
Written 11 December 2018
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Steeve
Kigali, Rwanda4,790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
I live in front of the Congo river. I can see it everyday. It is a fantastic mass of water. It is the deepest river in the entire world: 80 meters deep here and there, perhaps even more! It is the blood of the country. It is the wealth of the country. It isn't a sacred river like the Ganges for example, as far as I know, and it seems that it doesn't move at all, but it is majestic and awe-inspiring.

There are many places from where you can experience the river from Kinshasa or near Kinshasa. By far the best way is to cross it to go to Brazzaville. I have done it a few months ago. It wasn't easy (traveling is always hard in DRC and around), but it was worthwhile, especially as far as experiencing the river is concerned, since Brazzaville is not what I would call an interesting city. Foreigners can walk in the streets without being harassed, but there are less things to do than in Kinshasa.

From that side, you can have a walk from the city centre to the bridge and back. I advise you to start early morning or one hour and a half before sunset. From Kinshasa, you can have a walk on the Avenue des Nations Unies (check on a map), or eat in a restaurant that has a river view, like Chez Tintin, le Plein Vent or le Mandarin, but remember that to cross the river by boat to Brazzaville is by far the best option to experience it.
Written 29 April 2018
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TroisChatsLies
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo4,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
As a foreigner living in Kinshasa, I can say there are many ways to enjoy the Congo River:
- have drinks and makemba next to the river, there are multiple spots along the road when you pass Kintambo. A favorite of my colleagues is Chez Tintin. Some like to wade into the water, others just enjoy the view
- go to the Majestic, a floating restaurant further up the river. You can visit on a Sunday afternoon for example, for coffee. Or go for dinner, or take a dinner cruise (around $90). Gorgeous views
- visit the Kinshasa Yacht club and hire a boat to take you out to a sandbar for the day. Many boats will bring charcoal and prepare a bbq (you bring the meat) -- some boats are nicer than others so ask around
- go to a restaurant such as Le Plein Vent, which has lovely views of the Congo River. Enjoy a nice Swiss fondue or raclette while enjoying the view
- cross over to Brazzaville (which I haven't done yet... but maybe one day I will)
Written 27 February 2016
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chris y
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I've always wanted to visit the Congo and when I learned I'd be heading to Southern Africa for work I decided to try and squeeze in a trip to the Congo. I've travelled extensively on my own all over Africa and would have done the same in the Congo but I knew I would have limited time so I decided to reach out for some assistance. I must have written a dozen emails to various companies and I only received one response - from Congo Travel and Tours. They offer a number of set itineraries but all I was interested in was a bare bones trip down the river from Kinshasa, getting as far as I could in about a week. Finding CT&T was a stroke of luck. They were more than accommodating and happy to assist with whatever ad hoc idea I had. They gave me a number of options that ranged from camping and using a combination of public and private boats with a guide, up to a more luxurious scheduled boat trip with all food and accommodation pre arranged. Chris at CT&T was a wealth of knowledge and more importantly he understood my motivation for the trip and was happy to outfit me appropriately. Unfortunately, this trip has had to be postponed to March at which time I'm sure I'll have more to say but I thought it was worth writing this up as trying to find somebody reputable and responsive to assist with a Congo trip is difficult and hopefully this helps steer someone else to what I found to be an invaluable resource.
Written 17 June 2015
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HPFlat5
London, UK111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Way back in 1993, another young adventurer and I bought a local pirogue and travelled from Aketi to Bumba on the Itimbiri River, which joins the Congo (then called Zaire) River. Then we caught a ride on a barge from Bumba to Kisangani. The Captain was a friendly Greek, who invited us up to his cabin to drink something "strong and dark". It was part of an amazing adventure.

But the river....long, slow, powerful, wide - never underestimate it. It is very beautiful, but can be home to dreadful hordes of mosquitos, snorting groups of hippos, dour old Customs men and laughing children. It is lifeblood and highway to those who live along it and indeed to the whole country.

Advice for prospective river-wanderers: the closer you get to a large town or city, the less friendly the people become.
Written 24 May 2015
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