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DR Congo

Ground transportation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has always been difficult. The terrain and climate of the Congo Basin present serious barriers to road and rail construction, and the distances are enormous across this vast country. Furthermore, chronic economic mismanagement and internal conflict has led to serious under-investment over many years. Kinshasa is served by taxis, which offer single journey prices or they can also be rented for the entire day. Safety is an issue and there have been reports of mugging. Be sure to have a trustworthy and experienced local guide with you to ensure security. Train travel is possible to Matadi from Kinshasa, as well as from Lumbumbashi to Ilebo or Kalemie through Kabalo. The Great Lakes railway runs between Ubundu and Kisangani, passing Stanley and Boyoma Falls along the way. Train schedules are unreliable though, as service may be disrupted for lack of fuel or political incidents. Principal trains have dining cars and couchettes, but are still not air-conditioned.
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