Originally Posted by Endurorally
Is it good progress to Dolisie coming down from Gabon?
Maybe best to turn to the coast from here to Matardi, via Piont-Niore, giving Brazzaville a miss?
Great photos, nice words, very informative on the road conditions... a fascinating diary!
Im planning to take a similar route, next January, and was rather hoping to crack it in a two-wheel drive small car.... a fact-finding recce for a rally route
Once you cross from Gabon into Congo at Nyanga the road turns bad. If it's rained recently expect to run dozens of muds ponds, 3 and 4 feet deep with water (actually great fun!) I did see a few small local cars doing this route and it should be doable, depending on rainfall. There's a fair number of people about to help if you get stuck.
Maybe 60 km south of the border, conditions improve. That's because log trucks run the road from Dolisie, and at one point turn into the forest. From that point it's a corrugated but easy enough piste to Dolisie.
Frm Dolosie to Brazzaville (230 miles) -- if it's been raining, you would have a difficult time in a small car. Rain will turn long stretches of this road into muddy quagmires. We encountered many queues of dozens of vehicles waiting for days to pass thru deep mud, one at a time. In the dry season it's probably OK.
Motorbikes and 4WDs can do it, a two-wheel drive car ... tough. Even on bikes it took three days to make 200 miles from Dolisie to Kinkala, where pavement begins. Good luck ~~