The Democratic Republic of Congo Travel Guides

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) certainly does not have an award winning reputation.  The country is strewn with corruption, violence, and more problems than one can list.  Kinshasa might be the most miserable city I’ve ever been.  There just seems to be a lack of hope in the capital.  In the countryside, things are different.  People are fairly friendly and eager to welcome foreigners, although they’ll likely be confused by your presence.  The truth is, however, I won’t be planning another visit to the DRC.  This is the “give me” country, as I was constantly asked by police, military and citizens alike for money, gifts, etc.  I never really felt comfortable in the DRC, and would even say there were times I felt paranoid and worried for my own safety.  Of course, I urge you to judge for yourself, but I won’t be returning anytime soon.

Time Needed: Get through as quick as you can
Backpacker’s Budget: $40 a day, $60 a day in Kinshasa


Destination Guides

General DRC Travel Information

  • General DRC Information and Tips (coming soon)
  • Travel Budget for DRC (coming soon)
  • Staying Safe in DRC (coming soon)
  • Getting a Visa for DRC in Yaoundé (coming soon)

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  1. What compelled you to get your DRC visa in Yaounde? I am in Brazzaville discovering that they do not issue them here after previously passing through Cameroon. Interested to know of your experience and what led to your choice?

    Also interested to know what happened with the bike at the end of your trip?

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    • I did a bit of research Dan, and found out that there was no visa issuing going on in Brazzaville.
      As for the bike, I sold her once I made it to Cape Town!

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  2. Great site!

    The DRC is actually my favourite country, but that’s probably because I visited the East rather than Kinshasa. The mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park and Nyiragongo volcano exceeded my already high expectations, and I found the big cities of Goma and Bukavu surprisingly enjoyable. I strongly recommend a visit to that part of the country- it’s still not easy or 100% safe, but is very rewarding.

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    • I didn’t mind Lubumbashi when I was there. Obviously, I really disliked Kinshasa. But, since I really only saw the far west, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, it wasn’t my favourite. I do need to go back at some point and explore areas out east like you did.

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