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1. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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!

2. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like you've got a plan! This may be a shot in the dark, but you could always try and hook up with some overlanders when they hit the congo if you'd be able to coordinate. Maybe spend a month with them on their journey and help with expenses. It's not unheard of, but you'd have to research around and try and find people looking for extra companions. Chances are, you might be able to meet someone before they left. Check out Africa Overland Network for current trips out there and perhaps some in the works. You could always try the forums here as well. Wish I could be of more help! Also, try reading The Poisonwood Bible by Margaret Atwood.

3. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, had thought of that, but it limits me to going along with what someone else wants to see/do. Also looked at Oasis Overland as they pass through, but they don't cover much.
I am now talking to Hakuna Matata in Tanzania who are putting a package together for me which sounds brilliant, damned expensive but all the tours I have seen are outrageously priced. I would be interested to know if anyone has used this company before I part with huge wads of cash!
Thanks anyway for the info!