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Getting there & away

International airlines flying to and from Brazzaville include Ethiopian Airlines (81 2646; Ave Marechal Foch), which flies from Addis Ababa to Brazzaville twice a week; Air France (81 2719; Amilcar Cabral), which flies direct from Paris to Brazzaville twice a week; and Air Gabon, which flies from Libreville to Brazzaville a few times a week. However, flying into Brazzaville is very pricey. A far cheaper, though hassle-loaded, option is to fly into Kinshasa and cross the Congo River by ferry to Brazzaville.

The ferry service between Kinshasa and Brazzaville is US$25 one way, and small fast boats cross from Ngobila Beach in Kinshasa to the Beach in Brazzaville and vice versa. With overcomplicated bureaucracy involved at either end allow a total of two hours for this journey. Boats leave regularly and you can just turn up, although the last boat leaves at 4pm (noon on Sunday).

From Ouesso you can catch a ferry (large enough for 4WDs) or pirogue across the Ngoko river to Sokamba, Cameroon.