This weekend came at a good time..it was time to get out of the city..I always need a change of scenery after a bit and be with nature..makes me feel at peace..makes me feel small in comparison to the greater things in life..humbles me
I’ve grown up in Congo but haven’t really seen the touristic part of it. Really when you think Congo, Tourism isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind. Most people are there for business and we do have the Gorillas on the East but it’s not always that safe to get there and we do have scientists looking into the dense jungles and the fascinating Congo River.
This weekend I’d get to possibly see a touristic side of Congo. Now first rule about any road trip in Congo, is make sure that you have four wheeler drives. The road’s going to get bumpy at some point and the potholes will get to you. Also travel with people who know the country, it’s always good to have someone from the country who knows how the country works. It took us about an hour to get out of the city and into the real Congo. I guess that’s the beauty of living in Africa – not as much has been developed and so there is still a lot of greenery.
The roads were pretty smooth until the last 40 km which was one of the bumpiest rides I’ve ever been . I swear there were points when I was just closing my eyes and hoping for the best. The guy who was driving didn’t really take it upon himself to go any slower..it actually seemed like he sped up..
Passing through villages
Upon finally arriving there I was pleasantly surprised at the organization of the place. I’ve never seen the tourist side of it but there were many many tents in lines – easily over 50 and then there were teepee like structures on the other side and then there were proper hotel rooms on another side. We were camping. Not camping camping – like mattresses in a tent and a proper bathroom with showers 🙂 Much to my delight. 🙂
I don’t have a pic of the tents but these are the teepee like structures…
Everything was actually fully booked. It was a long weekend and it seemed like everyone wanted to go out and enjoy a bit of nature. I was pretty impressed at how full it was and just how active it was out there. We spoke to the owner of the hotels and teepees and just the management and he said how he wasn’t trying to attract those outside of Congo or foreigners but people from within. It wasn’t important to be dependent on outside forces but strengthen from within.
After having a bit of dinner on a charcoal by the water I headed off to bed..in my tent :).I woke up in the morning and went out to explore the place a bit before we all have breakfast together..
The place at dawn..
If you look carefully at the end of the rainbow on the right and a little bit below you’ll see a bit of orange and red and those are people on the other side of the falls enjoying the mist.
After sitting at the top of the falls we hiked down to the other side of the falls so we could face the falls and enjoy the refreshing mist..
I remember one of the boys bending down to his sandal and slapping at his foot like something had just slithered in..Kind of scared me a bit..sometimes we forget that we are in the middle of an African jungle..literally..so anyways he smacked at his foot violently..and then slipped of his sandal …turned out..they were ants that were biting him..he was ok though..
After looking at these pictures I remember what I thought while looking at them:
How small we are in the grand scheme of things. If we got caught up in those waters we don’t have a chance to get out other than some miracle. The power of nature is stronger than any person and any amount of people put together. Water is so delicate yet so powerful .
The falls are actually used to produce hydroelectricity for surrounding areas.
For all the flower lovers out there…
Yup so there’s probably a side of the DRC you didn’t know much about 🙂 A little bit of adventure and fun in the heart of Africa:)