CONGO RIVER EXPEDITION 2013 WILD FRONTIERS
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21- Day Congo River Cruise Kisangani - Kinshasa
With a total length of 4371 kilometres, the Congo river is the second largest river in Africa, after the Nile. And with a debit of 40000 cubic metres per second, it is the second largest river in the world, after the Amazon. From its source in South Katanga, in the village of Musfi, at an elevation of 1435 metres, the river contours the entire country, passing through Kisangani, Mbandaka, Kinshasa and Matadi before reaching the Atlantic Ocean near Banana. The waters from the Congo river collide with the ocean waters some 45 kilometres out into the Atlantic. The Congo river basin offers a total of 14166 kilometres of navigable waters in the interior of the D.R.Congo.
Our cruise covers the 1750 kilometres between Kinshasa and Kisangani, which is the largest navigable portion of the Congo river. Upstream, just beyond Kisangani, navigability is limited by a series of rapids, home of the world famous Wagenia Fisheries, extending over a total length of nearly 100 kilometres. Downstream, just beyond Kinshasa, navigability is limited by another series of rapids. Over a distance of 300 kilometres, the river drops 265 metres to reach the sea port of Matadi. Both unnavigable sections are contoured by a railway in order to overcome natures barriers. The cruises are being operated both upstream, from Kinshasa to Kisangani, and downstream, from Kisangani to Kinshasa.
Our River Cruiser is a 34-meter long, wooden boat, equipped with two powerful outboard engines. This traditional type of boat is further equipped with safety equipment, sanitary installation, a generator, lighting and freezers. The boat is operated by a licensed and experienced captain, a mechanic and a sailor. A cook and a tourist guide are present to pamper our clients. Evenings and nights are spent ashore, enabling cultural exchanges with the local population.
Accommodations consist of a hotel in Kinshasa and Kisangani and a tented campement in the interior. The large comfortable tents are divided into two large compartments with a central hallway and comfortably sleep up to four adults. As beds, we offer mattresses with cotton mattress covers and pillows. Travellers are expected to bring their own bedlinnen. Travellers are expected to bring their own towels and shampoo/soap.
The trip is based on Bed&Breakfast in Kinshasa and Full Board in the interior. The Full Board Meal plan consists of a Breakfast, a light Lunch and a two-course Dinner. Our breakfast is inspired on the so-called continental breakfast, including Sliced Bread and Rolls - Butter, Cheese, Ham/Salami and Jam - Coffee, Tea . Our Lunch and Dinner consist mainly of local specialties. Fresh fruit and local snack-food are served as lunch on board. The Main Course of our Dinner consists of Meat, Poultry, Fish or Pasta - Vegetables - Rice, Potatoes or 'Foufou', a local side dish made of the manioc plant. The Dessert traditionally consists of fresh fruit.
Our cruise has a maximum capacity of 16 clients, ensuring individual attention is offered to everyone. Cruises are sold as private charters for a single person or up to parties of 16 persons.