Ok, I have waited long enough. I dont think it will ever be considered 'safe' to visit Congo. It is my vision of deepest darkest Africa and I have always wanted to go there even though I know little about the country. I want to see the Okapi and the Bonobo and now, having just discovered that my made up name of Baluba is in fact a tribe in Congo, I just have to go. One way or another, I plan to go sometime next year.
So, before I start researching proper, I am hoping someone who either lives there or has visited, can give me some insights. i.e.
When is the best time of year to go.
Being single woman traveller, any tips?
I know the ifrastructure is non existant so I would probably be better off using a tour operator to visit the jungle, the river, the tribes etc. Can anyone recomend a good one? At the moment I am looking at Hakuna Matata Tours and Go Congo.
I shall buy the book 'Blood River' as I am told its very good. Any other reccommended reading?
I really want this to be the 'ultimate' adventure, I dont mind how rough it gets, I prefer it that way. And please dont anyone suggest I go to Gabon or Camaroon instead. As well is ok, but it simply has to be Congo.
By the way, I shall have a max of 4 weeks. Isn't this full time job malarky just evil!