Congo



Day 1              Arrival in Kinshasa. Transfer to a hotel in Kinkole near the airport. Flat Hotel Ayongo or similar.

Day 2              Kinkole - Kikwit. Passing by Pompo Lumene National Park, Kwango River, and tribal areas of Yaka, Suku, Mbala and Pende. Kikwit: market, cathedral, university, Kwilu River. Grand Hotel or similar.  

Day 3              Kikwit  - Tshikapa. Passing by Mangai Hunting Area, Lwalwa and Bena-Lulua tribal villages. Tshikapa and Kasai River, the major tributary of Congo. Hotel Paradis de Tshikapa or similar.

Day 4              Tshikapa - Kananga. Kananga: Saint Clement Cathedral, market, distinctive roundabouts. Grand Hotel or similar.  

Day 5              Kananga - Mbuji-Mai. Mbuji-Mai: Saint Jean de Bonzola Cathedral, market, university. Mbuji-Mai - Kanyok and Kete tribal areas - Mwene-Ditu. Hotel Kasolonj or similar.

Day 6              Mwene-Ditu - Kamina, the major town in Katanga Region. Guest House la Grace or similar.

Day 7              Kamina - Nzilo Lake - Kolwezi (train station, mairie, Mariapolis, Lualaba - headwaters of Congo River)  - Luba and Lunga tribal areas - Likasi. Hotel de Likasi or similar.

Day 8              Likasi - Lufira River - Lubumbasi. Lubumbasi: Palace of Justice, Saints Pierre and Paul Cathedral, National Museum, Governorate of Haut-Katanga, synagogue, colonial train station. Park Hotel or similar.

Day 9              Lubumbasi - Bemba, Zela, Yeke and Kunda tribal areas - Kilwa (Lake Mweru, Cathedral of Saint Andrew) - Pweto, the town on the northern shore of Mweru curiously divided between Congo and Zambia at headwaters of Luvua River. Kilwa Guest House or similar.

Day 10              Pweto - Tabwa and Holoholo tribal areas - Kalemie. Kalemie: Lake Tanganyika, Lukuga River headwaters. Musalala Hotel or similar.

Day 11              Kalemie - Buyu and Bembe tribal areas - Lulimba - Baraka. Baraka Guest House or similar.

Day 12              Baraka - Lega tribal areas - Bukavu. 2 nights in Bukavu, Hotel Orchards or similar.

Day 13              Day trip to Kahuzi-Biega National Park - UNESCO world heritage site, gorilla trekking.

Day 14              Bukavu - Goma. Goma: Lake Kivu, Mamadou-Ndala Square, Village des Artistes, Virunga Market. 2 nights in Goma, Hotel Linda or similar.

Day 15              Day trip to the southern tip of Virunga National Park - UNESCO world heritage site, traces of volcanic destruction.

Day 16              Goma - Komo and Lengola tribal areas - Lubutu, the major town of Maniema Region. Lubutu Guest House or similar.  

Day 17               Lubutu - Hamba and Topoke tribal areas - Boyoma Falls - Kisangani. Kisangani: Notre-Dame du Rosaire Cathedral, Central Market, Place des Artistes, Congo River. Hotel Triangle or similar.

Day 18              Kisangani - Yela and Mbole tribal areas on both banks of Lomami River - Ikela, the town in Equateur Region. Ikela Guest House or similar.

Day 19              Ikela - Dengese tribal areas and occasional Pygmies - Lodja, the major town in the north of Kasai-Oriental Region. Sando Hotel or similar.

Day 20              Lodja - Kuba and Kete tribal areas on both banks of Sankuru River - Kananga. Grand Hotel or similar.  

Day 21              Flight from Kananga to Kinshasa. Transfer to the hotel in Kinshasa. Hotel Invest or similar.

Day 22              Kinshasa and surroundings: Kasangulu (Bas-Congo Region), Lukaya River, Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Marche des Voleurs, National Museum of Congo, Palais du Peuple, Notre-Dame du Congo Cathedral, Laurent Kabila Monument, Crown Tower, Sozacom Building. Return flight in the evening.

Included:
Letter of invitation
Airport transfers
4-wheel drive transportation
Accommodation in hotels and guest houses
Breakfasts and bivouac-style lunches
Bottled water
Police escort along the eastern border
Gorilla trekking permit
Flight from Kananga to Kinshasa
Admission fees
Guide and security service

10 NM points:  all regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
10 MTP points:  all regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
1 TCC point:  Democratic Republic of the Congo
UNESCO:  2 world heritage sites

Date: June 20, 2022                     Price: $10,660