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Old 28 Sep 2010
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Brazzaville, Congo locations of useful services

Here are some locations in Brazzaville:

Gabon Embassy:

Insurance company for 'carte rose'

ATM that accepts international visa and Mastercard

Hippocampe Hotel (great place, possible to camp for free, hotresthippocampe@yahoo.fr)

Big Casino grocery store with tonnes of stuff
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Thanks for the tips.

As you listed the Gabon embassy, did you get a Gabonese visa in Brazzaville? If so, how much was it and the validity?

Many thanks.
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Yup- and it was a breeze. It's a very quiet little embassy and the staff are quite friendly. If you stay at Hippocampe you take a right when you leave, walk straight to the first set of lights, take a left going up the hill, and its on your left just before you crest the hill. The walk is less than 10 minutes.

35,000CFA ($70USD)
2 photos
1 copy of passport info page
available after 2pm the next day (applied around 1pm)
good for 25 days
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Thanks for that DRad, very useful to know, much appreciated.
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New route to Matadi...

Just read this report in from SnailTrails...

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A summary from the page:
After a few s and a decent meal at Hippocampe, we had another look at the map, and started wondering why nobody ever mentioned the smaller gravel roads that could take us straight into DRC, and on to Matadi with smaller ferries or the only existing bridge over the Congo (formerly known as the "Marshall Mobutu" bridge).

The next day, we set off to find out if the shortcut we found on the map actually existed. If it was practicable, it would save us a lot of time and money. Officials along the way assured us that there was indeed a border crossing where we planned to enter DRC, and indeed, immigration and customs stamped us out of the Republic of the Congo (at a place called Mindouli). From there onwards, we had no maps nor GPS to guide us, and we relied on directions from locals. Language problems and creative route descriptions sent us into the bush on occasion, but ultimately got us to the river, three days later.
It sounds like an interesting route...
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