NWS CEO Will Bolsover returns to the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic
Like an African Paris – minus the Eiffel Tower, the Parisians, the Arc de Triomphe… in fact, the only similarity is the occasional wild boulevard – Brazzaville offers a sleepy arrival into the Congo Basin. The capital city of the Republic of Congo gives us a warm welcome, with clean streets, calm citizens and the comfort of a well-run Western hotel. This is a stark contrast to the frenetic capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasha, which looms in the distance on the opposite side of the mighty Congo River.
Our first 24 hours are spent acclimatising, catching up, and meeting contacts in preparation for the next 10 days or so. A midday flight takes us northwards to our goal, travelling over green savannah land, dark canopied forest and the odd smallholding.