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Crossing DRC - from Goma to Bangui - Is it possible?

okay, perhaps this is unthinkable and suicidal....but has anyone crossed over in DRC lately from Uganda/Rwanda and reached Congo? We will be around Rwanda in August and are looking for a passage to the West Coast. I am looking at various options...and doing some research right now.

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Crossing the Congo

You will have problems getting permits to cross some of the mining concessions and a few rivers will hold you up. The only crossing I know of happenend last year from Lumbombashi to Kinshasa but have a look at this first before you consider:

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You will have problems getting permits to cross some of the mining concessions and a few rivers will hold you up. The only crossing I know of happenend last year from Lumbombashi to Kinshasa but have a look at this first before you consider:

Radio Baobab » Bandundu Province
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thanks for the links and info - I only see pictures however, I will revisit later.

Please post more if you find anything. we would really like to reach Bangui.
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Hi Jean,

I entered Goma/DRC from Gisenyi/Rwanda about 2 months ago, but didn't venture further inland. I paid some "extra money" for the visa on arrival (not sure if this would be valid in the whole country). No serious problems around Goma these days.

Recent rebel activity has been reported up north at the Sudanese border (LRA) and near Bukavu (FLN, and another group I don't remember)

As far as I understand (and as written in the previous post), you could head south via Mbuji-Maji. The roads are probably ok with a good 4x4, patience and experience. I wouldn't worry about the permits, as everything is just a question of money in that country.

I assume that the northern route via Kisangani has not been travelled lately, but I am sure it could be done, if you are prepared to cut trees, build bridges, etc.

How about crossing to the west coast on a southerly route through Zambia and Angola, via Saurimo? The only problem is getting the Angolan visa.

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How about crossing to the west coast on a southerly route through Zambia and Angola, via Saurimo? The only problem is getting the Angolan visa.

Good luck!
yes that could be another option but I don't know if I can get an Angolean visa in Zambia? I posted another thread on this.
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Angola Visa in Pretoria

You get the elusive 30 day Angola tourist visa in Pretoria, South Africa, without any real problems.
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Hey Christian,

I've done this the opposite way 3 years ago with a VW syncro. So it should be doable but it is defently not easy. The route we took was through the southern Sudan, so we weren't not only far away from electricity, gas and other cars driving but there is also the LRA around. And we've done it in the dry season.
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Peter,

thanks for your posting. I guess there is some hope...



I will contact you later for more details (and the map option) when I get a faster connection.
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hi Christian,

which route have you decided on?

we're investigating the same route (CAR/DRC) but crossing from west to east.

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