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Birding tours

We know of no organised tours to The Republic of Congo.

Guides

There are no birding guides known in Congo.

Trip reports

We do not know of any trip reports for Congo.

Logistics

A number of airlines including Aero Benin, Air France, Air Service Gabon and Cameroon Airlines operate international services to Congo both from Europe and from other African countries.

Cargo ships dock at Pointe-Noire. An hourly car ferry operates between Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazzaville across the Congo river (travel time is 20 minutes). Ferries operate to and from the Central African Republic on the Ubangi.

There is a road connection from Lambaréné in Gabon to Loubomo and Brazzaville. The road from Cameroon is usable only during the dry season. There is a good road between Pointe Noire and Cabinda (Angola). Entry can also be made via the Democratic Republic of Congo. Documentation: A carnet de passage en douane is needed to cross land borders between Congo and the neighbouring countries. Further information can be obtained from national motoring organisations.

See Columbus travel for further travel details.

Safety

It is worth looking at both Lonely Planet and Columbus travel websites which have important safety information.

Other safety and health issues are no different from those in many African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but key points warrant repetition here. (1) be aware of the risk of malaria and seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended. (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling). (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun for too long. Ensure you use sun-block, drink plenty of water and wear a hat. (4) Be aware of the risk of AIDS. (5) Ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office information or other embassy websites should be studied carefully.

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