Congo River Journey - (Part 2) Lisala to Kisangani

Congo River Journey - (Part 2) Lisala to Kisangani

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 16 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 - Kinshasa

Arrive in Kinshasa and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Hotel Ixoras or similar.

Day 2 – Kinshasa City Tour

After breakfast visit the wonderful Lola Ya Bonobo project outside of Kinshasa. Later in Kinshasa we explore some of the markets and buildings that make this such a fascinating city. Formerly referred to as ‘Kin La Belle’ - meaning ‘Beautiful Kinshasa’, the many years of turmoil has tarnished this image. But slowly, Kinshasa is regaining its splendour. Overnight Hotel Ixoras or similar. (B) 

Day 3 - Kinshasa to Lisala

Lisala is the home town of the former President Mobutu and the half way point between Mbandaka to Kisangani. Overnight tented camp in Lisala. (BLD)

Days 4 to 13 – Congo River Expedition

The voyage up river from Lisala to Kisangani is expected to take 10 nights. We will be travelling through a vast area, without roads or airports. The river is a vital-life line for the communities we visit en-route. We will see how they go about their everyday lives, buying and selling produce from small boats that criss-cross the river. The people we meet have little, if any contact with the outside world, and certainly no concept of tourism. It is the genuinely spontaneous encounters which makes the trip so pioneering and a must for intrepid travellers. There are few places left on earth where such encounters are possible. It is a special experience shared by only an elite group of travellers a year. Closer to Kisangani we will travel through Yangambi, an important Biosphere Reserve which hosts 32,000 tree species. Wildlife in the reserve includes elephant, river hog and monkeys. (BLD)

Each night will be spent ashore at or close to a village where we can buy fresh produce, prepare dinner and set-up our tented camp for the night. Tents are large and comfortable, 2m in height. Each tent is equipped with a camp bed, self-inflating mattress and cotton mattress covers and pillows. Travellers should bring their sleeping bag or sleeping sheet, as well as a towel and toiletries. Our transport is aboard a 34m long wooden boat, equipped with two powerful outboard engines. Although a traditional boat it is of course equipped with full safety equipment, toilet facilities, a generator, lighting and freezers for food and drinks. A cook and an English speaking guide accompany the trip throughout. 

Day 14 – Kisangani

There will be time to explore the city. Founded by Stanley in 1877, highlights include the Tshopo River Falls and the Wagenia fisheries, set-up in the middle of the rapids. Fishing is carried out by means of a complex structure set amongst the rocks to trap the fish. Overnight tented camp in Kisangani. (BLD)


Formerly known as Stanleyville, Kisangani began life as a trading station, established by Stanley on his travels on behalf of King Leopold. It is the furthest navigable point upriver from Kinshasa. Within the last fifty years Kisangani has seen more than its fair share of troubles, being seized by Simba rebels during the Congo crisis in the 1960s, and seeing conflict in the war that gripped the DRC in the 1990s. Today this city of half a million people is edging its way towards recovery from past problems, and a visit here is not only fascinating but integral to gaining a greater understanding of the country.

Day 15 - Kinshasa

Transfer to Kisangani’s airport for a scheduled flight back to Kinshasa. Hotel Palm Beach or similar. (B)

Day 16 - Kinshasa

Tour ends with transfer to airport. (B)


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