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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    I might take you up on that offer one day. I am an avid fan of the desert. We have an Azalai now. Not the lababouch, but the dedicated one. I love it, provides a huge amount of comfort in a small package. For me this is about as big as I want my vehicle to be (for now, maybe one day you'll see...
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    Vive la France!!!

    The language is French... but the artist certainly isn't. He is from Belgium ;-)
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    Countries Visited: Resource

    66 - it would be cool to get to 70 before my 30th aniv! I think that, with the exception of Cambodia, I visited all these countries 'overland'. Meaning I entered and left these countries via a land/sea border with my own vehicle. ALGERIA DZ ANGOLA AO AUSTRIA AT B BELGIUM BE :ylsmoke...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    I really ought to start a few new threads... So many things to tell, so little time. A teaser of the evolution: From this To this To this Yes, that is a winch you see! It's broken though... ;-)
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Hi guys, thanks again for all the great feedback! Apologies for our silence of the last weeks. We spent some much needed time in Marocco... With our Landcruiser ofcourse ;-) I still owe you guys two posts: one with practicalities about the route (gps info,..) and one with a bit more info...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days, we've been terribly busy (planing trips :sombrero: ). Last night we had a test for the "Overland Live" session this Sunday. We will surely address some (most) of the questions asked here. Tickets are still available, but you need register in...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Thanks to everybody for leaving comments, we really appreciate it. The amount of attention this trip report is getting is insane! A quick round of answers to some questions. Sorry for not replying to everybody personally, we do read everything! Not "none", but it's close. The picture many...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Funny but you are right, we have very few picturs of our tent deployed. I guess it's a bit like taking pictures of your own house... I have never done that either. Strange... Here's one from another country (Benin) in a more relaxed mode ;-) Those are some very cool drawings by the way! Thanks!
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    A screenshot of the GPS data we collected in OziExplorer. I have some cleaning up to do regarding the waypoints but will make them available as soon as possible. You can see from our track that we covered 3067km in total. While the road should actually be something like 2300km. A note on...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Allow me to add the perspective of the author a trip report. Writing a trip report like this is a lot of work. I dare not count the hours I spent on it. Like most people here I have a huge list of things I want to do, but only so much time to do it in. Yet I chose to spent some of my valuable...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    But why don't you pay them the 'Grand Prize"? For you it's almost nothing I have read this trip report from a backpacker a long time ago. I can't remember his name or website so I cannot give credit. But he told of something that had happened to him in a south-east asian capital city. It went...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    The Wrap-up (It's going to be long... sorry. I normally don't like to be so serious, but I feel I have started something and I have to finish it. If you're only interested in the technical bits, they are the end) So is that what Congo is really like? Ofcourse not! This is what Congo could be...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Day 46 We tried again to take the ferry. It was still not running. Some paperwork was not in order to release the ferry and apparantly the official who had to sign the document could not be located. Both ferries were stuck on the other side. Maybe that afternoon. We came back that afternoon...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Day 40 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44 - 45 We had a lot of things to do in Kinshasa. We did not have a visa yet to get out of the country (Congo-Brazzaville). And to avoid having to drive all the way to Franceville in Gabon we already applied for our Cameroon visa too. Gabon did not want to give us a visa...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Progress after Day 39 since we left Lubumbashi. Day 44 since we crossed the border into DRC. Kinshasa
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    39 days after we rolled out of Lubumbashi, we limped into Kinshasa. People who have driven around Kinshasa will surely recognize the tension that is always present in the city, to us it felt like coming home. This "Kinshasa tension" is so much tamer the "interior-of-Congo tension". Strange how...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    You know it's time to clean your car when... Plants start growing on our sidesteps! Tomorrow would be the big day. Kikwit to Kinshasa can be done in a day, a 6 to 8 hour drive, depending on the weather (and consequently the state of the road). We'd start early as the closer you get to...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Day 38 Guess who was there that morning? Yep! We talked about that nifty looking handmade chessgame, but we couldn't agree on a price... The whole money transfer thing went pretty smoothly. It is quite amazing really. We just rang up a lady in Kinshasa we have never met and asked her if she...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    Nice video. It is more or less the same road yes. We did not go via Kolwezi, but took an alternative track before kolwezi (the part with the private roads). Most of the road must have been similar though. It's interesting to see that the camera crew probably did not expect it would take that...
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa

    We had contacted the homefront with the question if they could find a way of getting money to us. Western Union and the likes would only do transactions to Kinshasa, but not to Kikwit. The fees Western Union charges are also pretty ridiculous. In the end we managed to get in contact with a...
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