The Congo River (Kisangani, DRC)
Our next destination is Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This city is based on the vast Congo river, which runs for nearly 3000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to parts of Tanzania and Zambia. The river is the deepest in the world, at more than 220m deep in places. It also has the second largest discharge of any river, second to the Amazon. The river provides a lifeblood for millions of people in the region- for transportation, trade and water supply. Some 1300 mi from the mouth of the Congo River, Kisangani is the farthest navigable upstream. Kisangani is the one of the nation’s most important inland ports, an important commercial hub point for river and land transportation and a major marketing and distribution centre for the north-eastern part of the country. It has been the commercial capital of the northern Congo since the late 19th century.
Next is our Fifteenth leg of the trip. We will follow the river South East for 809km across the DRC before crossing into neighbouring Burundi. This leg finishes at Lake Tanganyika (Bujumbura, Burundi).