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1. Posted by fotysvn47 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

fotysvn47 has indicated that this thread is about Democratic Republic of Congo

Hello, Travelers!

Im planing to go to Congo DR... Im not sure about that DR so thats why Im writing... I would like to get some advise from people who had visited CONGO. Is it danger for WHITE guy there? Is there kidnapping possabilities? What should I take with me before traveling in Congo DR? How should I secure myself? What traveling insurance should I apply before going there? How strickt is the law in Congo DR? Please tell me more about that country and security in that country.

Thank You very much.

D.H.

[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

forget about white people...it dangerous for everybody. don't they constantly have a civil war or something going on?

3. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 7y

Foreign Office Advice

From reading that link above, I can't say I'd recommend it!

4. Posted by fotysvn47 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

If I will go there. how can I secure myself? Can I insure my security there?

5. Posted by fotysvn47 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Is there white people as well?

6. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

I'm sure there are lots of white NGO's - I understand that there may also be a few die hard belgians still scattered around.

Have a read of Blood River by Tim Butcher for an idea about how tricky travelling in the Congo can be.

I'm not one to normally baulk at 'difficult' countries but you wouldn't catch me heading to the congo any time soon ;)

7. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Manchan Magan is a respected Irish travel writer who's visited Congo in the past. Recently in his 'Irish Times' column he asked for people to go with him.... More recently he recanted this request as it was too dangerous.
That says it for me. But I'm sure lots of people do it. I don't know who they are but it must happen.

8. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

I have just cancelled my much awaited trip to DRC, I am all up for a bit of adventure but its just got a bit too much even for me.
Sure, things have died down a little on the fighting front but it has left behind thousands of displaced people, and widespread food and fuel shortages for starters. To my knowledge the drug crazed Mai Mai are still lurking around the eastern provinces too.
I recently read an article by a journalist who was kidnapped by the Mai Mai and his horrific experience was enough to deter me. Even if you plead that you are just a tourist, you are still viewed as a potential journalist or worse, a member of the UN.
Getting around the country requires a 4X4 and fuel prices are rocketing. Plus, as a tourist, and a white person, you will be expected to pay bribes at every turn.
If you do still decide to go, bear also in mind that cost wise, it will cost you as much as five star Kenya. That is just the way things are right now. And, you will need time, a lot of time.
I would advise to wait a while until things settle, if they ever do.

9. Posted by fotysvn47 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

How about western side of the country? How about the Capital of the country? what u think if I will travel there with some people from Congo who lives now in UK?

10. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

from what ive heard the congo has no law.