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Easiest point to cross from Angola into the DRC is at Noqui / Matadi. Did it in 2010 when the end of the road was terrible, but now you should be able to get most of the way up the coast of Angola on a decent Chinese road. Once you hit Matadi, it's decent tarmac all the way to Kinshasa:
As for the DRC to RoC crossing, that one I have only done over the river from Kinshasa to Brazzaville. If you are doing it overland do your research as crossing too far west potentially puts you in FLEC / Ninja territory. I remember reading on the Thorn Tree a few years ago about someone crossing impressively far north in the DRC (somewhere like Mbandaka), but you'd have to hunt that trip report down to confirm.
My info is getting a little old, but in early 2011 we crossed the other direction from Brazzaville - Boko, into DRC and onto the ferry in Luozi, Kimpese, Kwilu-Ngongo, onto the R115 and over into Angola, then on to Maguela do Zombo (can't remember the towns with border posts, and Google maps isn't showing them at the moment either).
All four border formalities (out of Congo, into DRC, out of DRC, into Angola) were straightforward by African standards. Worst part was a drunk official in one town who insisted on recording ALL our details.
We took this route in part to avoid the ferry Brazza-Kinshasa.
Made it into Matadi. Getting there by bicycle from Tomboki was very challenging with some of the worst conditions I've seen and some devastating hills. May be different out of Rainy Season.
Border entry was easy - Angola wanted to make a "call" and then wanted some money out of me to get a photocopy of my passport, so I went outside and started pitching my tent on their property. I made it halfway through setting up my poles and they came out with the exit stamp.
DRC was a sleepy entry, into a room with a fellow, he made a call as well alerting whomever that a tourist was in - no real problems. Health check went fine, then was sent to show my Carnet. When they asked me in the room I started laughing and sat down and told them it was a bicycle and I didn't need any of that. They laughed and bought me a sprite.
So, that's a confirmed report for a Bicyclist - Hope this helps for anyone.
Which crossings do you have in mind ?
Border crossings are just a breeze in Southern Africa.
I am still in Windhoek, keeping my fingers crossed for the DRC and Angola visas, I have made some progress !
Crossed from DRC into Angola at Luvo. Easy roads are good up till border than a track of reasonable road of 13 km as sson you cross the border. The rest tar. I came from Cabinda annd had 230km bad road be prepared if you are planning that way.
I still haven't decided on the crossings yet. It all hinges on the Angola visa and where I can get it. I'll keep you posted.
Good luck for the Visa's Levelo!
Richard, is the "230km bad road" the one from the Gabon border to Dolisie, Congo? Or is the bad road in Cabinda? I just did the frontier-Dolisie road and I nearly literally drowned the Enfield in mud. Tough going!
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