- Mountain Gorilla trek in the Democratic Republic of Congo We rose early at our camp in Kisoro in Uganda, well before sunrise. There was time for a quick breakfast and prep-up before departure. The tour truck took us as far as the border of Posted by mattchayman in Matts Blog | Mar 28, 2014
- Toilet Water and the Ferry to GomaThe Emmanuel 2, the newest and pleasantest ferry working the Bukavu/Goma route, departs for its 6-hour journey at 7am, or 7:30, or in my case, about 8:10. The morning of my Bukavu departure, I awoke to find the recessed Posted by mjsimek in Les Deux Congos | Aug 16, 2012
- Bukavu, Gorillas, and the First Congo War (part two)GoCongo, my tour company in DRC, has all necessary expertise to arrange gorilla visitation in Virunga National Park, Africa's first national park, just north of the town of Goma. Due to the conflict with the M23 rebels, my tour Posted by mjsimek in Les Deux Congos | Aug 8, 2012
- Bukavu, Gorillas, and the First Congo War (part one)Squint your eyes and you are in Italy or one of many Mediterranean hotspots. Indeed, before modern-day DRC, before Zaïre, the Bukavu of the Belgian Congo, along with Goma, was a honeymoon and vacation destination for people throughout southern Posted by mjsimek in Les Deux Congos | Aug 1, 2012
- Formula One in a Toyota (part two)Rwanda’s poetical name, “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, is deserved and understated. The country consists of hills and nothing but hills. This is a very fertile region of Africa, and each hill displays its own evocative medley Posted by mjsimek in Les Deux Congos | Jul 26, 2012
- Formula One in a Toyota (part one)
Breakfast in Ethiopia, lunch in Rwanda, and dinner in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Beat that, Dr. Livingstone!
The flight from Addis to Kigali was gorgeous and uneventful. Green gave way to sand quite suddenly as we entered Posted by mjsimek in Les Deux Congos | Jul 22, 2012
- Kinshasa: the AftermathOn Friday just after 15h CAT the CENI announced, province by province, the results of DRC’s Presidential Elections, and thus declared Joseph Kabila’s second term as President over main opposition candidate Etienne Tshisekedi.
This was not without its Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Dec 12, 2011
- Actual Results Day in KinshasaToday is actually Results Day.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of President Kabila’s inauguration and under the constitution he is unable to remain as President for longer than 5 years – that run out in a matter of hours. For obvious Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Dec 8, 2011
- Results Day in Kinshasa Today is Results Day.
After weeks of security planning, meetings and radio checks we were all ready to lock-down ahead of the election results today, and we headed to the supermarket on Saturday morning to do some last minute hibernation shopping. Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Dec 6, 2011
- Election Day in DRCToday is Election Day!
It’s raining heavily this morning and there have been rumours that rain could delay proceedings [floods, access, comms] so we are hoping it clears up for the afternoon……
Planned rallies on Saturday and Sunday were cancelled a Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Nov 28, 2011
- Live from KinshasaToday is the first day of ‘restricted movement’ in the capital. We have all done our hibernation shopping [water, fuel and pasta] and made up our Go Bags [pants, hard-drive and cigarettes] and are now playing ‘wait and see’ Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Nov 25, 2011
- A year in the lifeI have put together a short video of 2011.
Hope you find it interesting, it looks a lot better when viewed on full screen.
Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Nov 20, 2011
- We are the angry mobWe are the angry mob; we read the papers every day. We like who we like, we hate who we hate but we’re also easily swayed. The Kaiser Chiefs, look them up they are an awesome band.
So why am I Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Nov 6, 2011
- Not the puppiesThe area of the DRC I have been traversing on my never ending Easter egg style hunt for UXO is in the remote North West corner. It is a charming little part of the world, the people are friendly and Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Oct 30, 2011
- Don't stop until the spoon stands straight upThere are some things in life you should try. Undoubtedly there are some things that will make your life so much richer. Obviously the list is quite personal; skydiving for example will give you an experience that is hard to Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Oct 24, 2011
- SpidermanSome things just require a story of their own. Some things are just so incredibly incredible that to place them into another piece of prose is doing them a grave injustice. So for this tale I am not going to Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Oct 16, 2011
- Donald Duck and Papa SmurfI have finally gotten to work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (I will have to shorten it to DRC from now on as I don’t really type that fast and this could take forever otherwise) and it has Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Oct 14, 2011
- Hold your breathI quite enjoy being in a country where hardly anybody speaks English. That totally out of your depth feeling where everything is completely foreign and people look at you with a mixture of pity and frustration when they realise that Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Sep 21, 2011
- The Coke TestI like the heat of Africa and I am no longer good with the cold, but although DRC dry season has had me breaking out the fleeces and woollen socks it has been good for one thing - road travel. Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Sep 7, 2011
- Seven days in KinshasaI am back! And Kin is still as crazy as ever. I have slept for perhaps 6 hours since landing at midday on Saturday, fresh from the jungle and ready to fill my boots. And Kinshasa never disappoints.......
The journey home Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Jun 20, 2011
- What is going on under the Equateur?!I have been in Gemena for 7 months now and I can quite honestly say I have never experienced anywhere like it before in my life......
Equateur Province is almost the same size as France and the River Congo divides Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | May 20, 2011
- Toothpaste FlowerI have been brushing my teeth over the same rock since September, carefully chosen to avoid the vegetable patch and grass that our partner organisation is rather optimistically trying to grow, and I have returned from leave to find a Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Jan 21, 2011
- House on the River CongoIn 1883 Stanley arrived in Mbandaka and placed a rock on the South bank where he believed the Equator crossed the river, he was about 6km out. The heat when I arrived here was quite incredible, I could really feel Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Nov 12, 2010
- Cheese please!One of my boyfriend’s cousins is visiting Kinshasa at the moment. He was born here but left when he was 3 years old to live in Europe, 32 years ago. Last week they were leaving a terrace at 1am and Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Nov 8, 2010
- “The soldiers took my bike.”Richard and crew finally made it home last night; despite offering our generator and fuel and money for treatment and medicine, it appears the hospital was reluctant to encourage others through the doors outside normal working hours. I guess that Posted by hobbit1 in Not really a travel blog | Oct 29, 2010