Explore and ride the infamous Congo river voyage into the heart of darkness, visit villages, tribes, and forests and view the home of millions of people in transition from the jungle to the city, the domain of untold legions of animals, and hundreds of unique and some undiscovered species of river fish and birds. Enjoy some of the best music, culture, and scenery of Africa and one of its most legendary journeys!
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
Welcome to Brazzaville, our representative will greet you at the airport, and courteously assist you to your hotel. After you comfortably check-in, decide on a fantastic evening tour with popular musicians and bar/cafe spots, or just enjoy a rest and refreshment after a briefing from the local guide.
Day 2: Brazzaville City Tour & River-View Dinner
Kick of your day tour of Brazzaville with city sightseeing, a tank graveyard visit (if open), and traditional Congolese food. Over the course of the day you will see all of the main monuments and if requested, artist collectives and art schools. In the evening enjoy dinner at a river-side restaurant overlooking Kinshasa, and the river traffic of the two capitals. Overnight at Brazzaville tourist hotel.
Day 3: Congo River Cruising & Exploration
After breakfast, depart in the morning on a motorized pirogue (traditional Congolese canoe – comfortable and motorized). Enjoy day riding on the river past all the spectacles of the twin river cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, the colossal capital of 20 million across the river, and the former palaces and monuments of African History set against its skyscrapers and modern face. As we cruise, stop at midriver islands for picnics and wave to other boat traffic carrying all sorts of cargo from the interior. Dinner and overnight in tented camp.
Day 4: Congo River Cruising & Exploration
After breakfast, depart in the morning for traveling farther down the river, deep into the interior of the country. Enjoy the views of the colossal new stadiums, universities, bridges, and monuments built for the African Games of 2015. As these fade into the green, witness the mighty currents of the Malabo Pool (Stanley Pool) and the start of ancient Kongo (Kongo Kingdom,) where life outside the twin capitals is largely traditional and unchanged for ages. Dinner and overnight in tourist tented mobile safari camp.
Day 5: Congo River Cruising & Exploration
Visit villages, savannah, rolling steppes, and forest tribes, witness local crafts (NOT gift shops) and traditional houses. Lots of villages and riverlife to see along the main artery of Africa, and great birdwatching opportunities over the water as well, in the deepest, fastest river in the world. Gaze at the footsteps of the rainforest and watch for water animals and fish this afternoon and tonight nearby. Dinner and overnight in tourist tented mobile safari camp.
Day 6: Return to Brazzaville
On your return to Brazzaville cruise down closer to the opposite bank and head rapidly downstream, and view the cultural life and if lucky, river and wildlife of Congo-Kinshasa! Enjoy picnics and drinks en route. Overnight in Brazzaville hotel midrange.
Day 7: Final Day – Departure
After breakfast and hotel check-out, relive the highlights of your expedition with your friends, and stop at local markets for last minute gifts. Enjoy a casual drive through town to any places you like, before your transfer to the airport and sendoff.
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