DAYS 109 – 125: CONGO & DRC
One of the main highlights for most people who visit Congo is the friendliness of the people, particularly in the countryside. The open delight and welcome you will receive while driving through these remote villages is really touching. While the first section of roads are rough dirt, once you reach the sealed roads it’s a fast run to Brazzaville, the bustling city that lies on the North side of the magnificent Congo River, the largest river in Africa. Here you jostle amongst the locals and the cars/bikes and trucks to chug across the “Brown Snake” to Kinshasa, the much famed capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire). It’s only a short stop here, before you make your way to Matadi, the gateway to your next country, Angola. (Note: if the FCO travel advice advises against all but essential travel to the areas above then there will be itinerary changes).