Coursing Through Congo Country

Since the concrete jungle with its dog-eat-dog mentality is no different from that of nature in the central African continent, most city dwellers should ease right into familiar surroundings with a trusty can of insect repellant in hand. Before hearts go aflutter at the audacity of equating commerce and culture to the countryside, it is ideal to paint a picture of what Congo tourism is able to offer.

Comprising of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the larger of the two, and the Republic of the Congo bordering on its west, these countries comprise the Congo area of which the mere mention causes shivers down the average spine. The capital city of Kinshasa in the larger country is aptly located in between both countries. Elebo, also known as Ilebo, is a small town located eastward of the capital city. Due to the harsh terrain of the land, transportation generally relies on the vast inland waterways. Courtesy of one of the largest and deepest rivers in the world, the Congo or Zaire River is the main means of travel within the country. Although airports dot the nation, high costs normally deter the average traveler from choosing this option.

To promote Congo tourism to Elebo, tourists travel on ferries which readily transport human and animal passengers as well as goods. The Kasai Waterway is generally the main line connecting the capital and this town. By taking a cruise down the river, one is able to take in the sights at a much slower pace. Perhaps standards may not match the more luxurious cruise liners. It however opens ones eyes to nature at its rawest form.

Those who prefer land travel may be dissuaded from taking on the rough roads due to lack of experience as well as the veritable host of surprises around every corner. If one is insistent on a road trip, it is advisable to get on a bus, hire a taxi or reschedule travel plans to coincide with the completion of the railway project.
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