Republic of Congo
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I plan to travel overland from Gabon to Brazzaville in June. I'm hoping to go through Franceville to Oyo, but was thinking about taking the shorter route through the Pool region on the way back.
Sources say the Pool region regained peace back in 2003, and that ex-rebels have been running in peaceful elections. But both the US State Department and the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advice against travel to the region. My own government (Norway) advices against certain areas in the DRC but has no warnings for the Republic of Congo.
Does anybody know anything about the current/recent situation in the Pool region? Thanks!
Has anyone made their way down the Sangha River? I'm interested in Bayanga-Bomassa-Ouesso-Mossaka-Brazzaville by boat.
I have a tourist visa for Republic of Congo, valid for a specified 15 days period. It doesn't say if it is a single or multiple entry visa, but a person at the embassy said it was good for multiple entries during those 15 days, for example if I take the ferry to Kinshasa and back to Brazzaville for a second entry, if I just leave the country again no later than the date specified in my visa. Anybody with experience how this kind of visa actually works, if it's really a multiple one, though within a very limited time frame?
i have just got my rep of congo visa in yaounde & was quite easy.the embassy dosnt seem to have an address which i can pin down but very near gabon embassy & taxi driver knew where it was.
just filled in a form,passport & 2 photos.wrote entry as ouesso,crossing border from cameroon.just need name of a hotel you intend staying in.you go to an ecobank branch & pay 50000cfa for 3 month visa or 30000cfa for 15 day visa.collect passport with visa 2 days later.even met the ambassador who speaks english & was friendly & jovial.all too easy & unusual for africa.hard part now is getting there & so far have got to bertoua where there is still ok internet.tomorrow will travel to yokadouma which might be a bit more difficault on cramped buses & roads will certainly be in worse repair.
Hi, I'm well aware that most African safaris offered by various tour companies are in southern and northern Africa, but does anyone know of any offered in West or Central Africa that are not horribly expensive? I'm doing a safari in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania soon, but I'd like to do another in west/central Africa afterwards and In particular, Republic of Congo (Not Democratic Republic of Congo), Gabon, Cameroon and Central African Republic. Also, does anyone know if there are any legit security reasons that one shouldn't go to any of these 4 countries? Thanks very much!
Can anyone comment on the quality of French spoken in Congo and/or the prevalence of French versus indigenous languages? I know Brazzaville was the capital of Free France during World War II so I expect that they would speak well. I'm looking into places in Africa to practice the language.
How should I go about this?
I am going to Lake Tele in the northern part of Rep of Congo in Feb, 2013 (from Epena - one day boat + 2 days walk through jungles) .
Has anyone been there? How do you get to Impfondo apart from taking the Congo Airlines flying coffins from Brazzaville?
If anyone has been there: did you enter via Cameroun or via C.A.R.?
Just back from a trip to the Republic of Congo and Gabon including taking the the train from Brazzaville to Pointe Noire.
Excellent and hot off the press news is that there is a new Chinese-built train (the carriages, not the engine). We took it on August 29th and I think that was its first week of service. Brand new clean blue upholstered reserved seats in first and second class, and a bar buffet serving beer, wine, soft drinks and food with equally comfortable and clean seats. The train is described in a leaflet given to all passengers, at least on the day we took it, as “train de prestige La Gazelle”. Staff made strenuous efforts to keep it clean throughout the journey.
It is timetabled in each direction six days a week (not Saturdays). Three of these departures are during the day (from Brazzaville Monday, Wednesday, Friday leaving 0700 arriving 2210) three nightly (from Br... more »
I am flying into either Brazzaville or Point Noire in late October. Does anyone have recent information whether it is possible to get my visa on arrival? As I'm a resident of Tanzania I usually do this in Zambia, Kenya etc, but want to be sure before arranging my flights to Republic of Congo.
I am interested in people's opinions concerning the gorilla sightings in Congo-Brazzaville. Did people have good experiences in seeing lowland gorillas?
has anyone recently gone from either brazzaville or pointe-noir to gabon? are borders open, is there any kind of bushtaxi/bus transport, are there checkpoint hassles, bandit dangers, etc? Is the train from brazzaville to pointe-noir working? any information highly appreciated!
I'm a 32 year-old Australian man who just travelled overland through Africa, from South to North, along the west coast. It took me 4 months, from December 2011 to March 2012, to get from South Africa to Morocco. I travelled entirely by public bus, train and ferry and thoroughly recommend it! It's better for seeing the land, for meeting the locals, and for the planet (air travel is a terrible polluter). I've written 5 separate posts in this forum on traveling by public transport in the different countries (or groups of countries) I went to. Also, if you're going to any of these countries in the next few months and would like my old phone sim cards, I'll happily post them to you, just send me a private message.
Here are some notes about travelling overland by public transport in Congo and Cameroon. I was in these countries in February, which was a good time to travel, in the wet seas... more »
Do you need the letter of invitation to get the visa?
How do you get a letter of invitation?
I'm an American and I'll be entering overland from Gabon.
Anyone with recent info? (post-2010 when they got the new universal visas)
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Can anyone tell me the best way to get to Brazzaville from Southern Africa?? Flying of course!
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