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Great trip you are doing Steve!
We are about to follow your footsteps trough the DRC. Well, more or less. We have a car so we will drive from Lubumbashi to Kinshasa.
We are very much interested in your maps, but unfortunatly the links just refers to your last post (India) but not to the maps. Can you maybe send them to us?
Any contact information is welcome too.
I checked the links and they are definitely not working so I put an inquiry to the web host. They updated the software a while back so I am getting hit with a few bugs. I don’t have the files on me, but if they are not able to get it resolved I should be able to get my parents to get the files from my back up cd’s I sent home. Give me a few days and I will get back to you.
Oh, by the way, I was channel surfing last night and I saw a documentary on I think was National Geographic about the Kinshasa to Lubumbashi route. I didn’t watch it for long as I think it was in Hindi (I am in India right now). It seemed like it was mainly on the mining issues going on and with the Chinese, but it might help with your route. Any other questions just let me know.
thanks a lot for posting all this information, which was invaluable. I sort of followed in your footsteps and went overland from Lubumbashi to Kinshasa. It took me six weeks, so I guess you were lucky with your 29 days. Thanks again!
Is the trip to DRC, especially Kinshasa, really worth it? I’ve been thinking of visiting the country but still debating with my guts to get harrassed in all kinds of way.
It really depends what you are looking for. To see a country that isn’t on the tourist trail then the DRC or most of the Central African countries are a good bet. Kinshasa is a pretty big pseudo modern capital city with all the usual problems of big cities compounded by being in a fairly underdeveloped country. It is however one of only a handful of cities in the DRC where it gets mainstream business traffic and some tourism so solely visiting Kinshasa would probably be shocking but disappointing. It’s a struggle with minimal transport options, but if you can get into the countries outlying or central areas you will get a chance to see a lot of areas untouched by “civilization” which is what a lot of people are struggling to find. Is it dangerous, yes and no. A lot of it is the luck of the draw. The bigger concern is if something happens, even minor, and there is absolutely zero chance of getting help. That is where the danger lies. Get sick, break something, lose your money, then what. That is what you have to ask yourself if you are comfortable doing. On the positive side, outside of the police and military, the people will look upon you with fresh unbiased eyes and will treat you based on how you act/react.
I would always tell people that they should go if they deem themselves capable not so much for your benefit as much as for the benefit of some positive tourism and cash flow for the local people.
Good luck and fire away if you have any specific questions.
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