Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel To Congo

AfricaRepublic of the CongoHow To Travel To Congo

By plane

Maya-Maya Airport (IATA: BZV) in Brazzaville is served by Air France, as well as flights to Douala in Cameroon, Addis Ababa and Kinshasa by Ethiopian Airlines, Nairobi, Casablanca, and the National Carrier ECAir.

By car

Driving is safe in the Republic of the Congo. A well-maintained road leads north from Brazzaville, but only as far as President Sassou’s hometown of Oyo. Beyond Oyo, the roads become extremely rough and impassable in the rain. It’s also difficult to get a rental vehicle that you can drive alone.

By boat

Passenger and VIP ferries run every 2 hours between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. The ferries are priced at US$15 for passengers and US$30 for VIPs. The VIP ferry is suggested since the boats are spanking new and not as crowded. In either route, a valid visa for both countries is needed. Both ends of the bureaucracy take some time. Entry and departure procedures in Brazzaville are “simple” and straightforward, and locals are very friendly in helping visitors to pass through without incident. In Kinshasa, however, these processes are more complex and are heavily dependent on whether you are an independent tourist or are accompanied by an organization or an official government agent. There are also speed boats to rent, either in a group or individually (price! ), but it is not recommended to reserve them since they really speed across the river along the rapids. Barges go up the Congo and Oubangui rivers to Bangui.