Congo's Story

Trip Start Apr 11, 2009
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Trip End Jan 08, 2010


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009



Congo


The tarmac road literally transformed into a sand track at the border from Gabon. Our first couple of days were long and challenging as we made our way toward the tarmac road over 200km away. In the first couple of days we had to stop regularly to dig out the truck and bushcamp on the side of the road - first time on the trip we weren't able to find side roads in which to set up camp, so literally put our tents along the side of the road.

We got used to stopping at rivers to wash (though not frequent enough!!), and certainly did not appreciate having to dig out the truck shortly afterward! But Chris knows how to keep the troops happy, and made appropriate cold beer stops in the late afternoon before finding the next bushcamp

Traditional mud and wooden hut villages returned, along with more traditional dress/fabrics. The excited waves from locals also indicated that not many tourists travel our route. The jungle thinned out and grass plains or agricultural fields returned.

Brazzaville was the only longer stop, where we spend 2 nights in the capital....shortened by elections and fear of potential riots that may occur after the results were announced. The incumbent president literally showered the entire country in his t-shirts, hats and various other propaganda. The girls from the truck hit the town in style and hooked up with a bunch of Lebanese lads who took us to all the best spots in the city - we even met the president's son whilst we sipped on the cheapest beverage they purchased for us - Moet!...there were many sore heads the next morning as we headed to the port to catch the ferry to DRC.

The Congolese were really friendly and it was welcome to be back to more traditional dress and huts. Though we didn't spend long (5 days), Congo proved to be a good destination where we didn't experience any of the trouble that perhaps would be expected by most.
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