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Congo

On wild roads through forgotten landscapes

date of entry 15/06/2013
mileage 853,979

capital Brazzaville

area 342.000 km²

population 4.125.916

official language France

Congo is divided into two parts: the Democratic Republic was formerly known as Zaire and is the larger part. The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville after its capital, is the smaller part on the northern banks of the river of the same name. It is a former French colony. Congo-Brazzaville is the more peaceful part of the country where the majority of the people are Bantus. Nevertheless, Gunther Holtorf and Otto didn’t visit the country until 2013.
  • A tanker Congolese-style. The canisters were all empty.
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  • The border crossing has an improvised look, but the customs officers take their job seriously, as they do in most parts of Africa.
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  • The well-constructed Route Nationale 1 leads to the capital Brazzaville.
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  • However, the road to the border of Gabon has not yet been surfaced. According to the faded sign, the work was only months from completion.
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  • But there was obviously a lot to do before the road was finished. It was still just a sand track.
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  • In the hinterland, Otto travelled on firm ground,
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  • but sometimes the grass was very tall.
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  • Bridges were a problem in Congo-Brazzaville. They were often built from logs and became very slippery in the rain. Careful steering was needed, otherwise Otto could have slipped off.
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  • In contrast, the roads that had been washed away were uncomfortable for passengers, but didn’t present a problem for Otto.
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  • Video: Congo-Brazzaville – water supply on four wheels

Otto was here before ...

Congo Dem.Rep.

date of entry 18 June 2013
mileage 854,705