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18 Day in the Congo River and Pygmy Cultures

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Day 1: Arrival to Kinshasa, assistance at the airport by Kumbukumbu Tours agent from there to the hotel.    Briefing about the first night and free day tour.

Day 2: Touring Kinshasa city.

Day3: Transfer from Kinshasa to Mbandaka (by plane) 

              Transfer from Kinshasa to Mbandaka capital of the equatorial Province.  Which was called Coquilathville back then, discovered and named by Stanley in 1883 and the city is located between the Congo and Ruki River. The city still keeps its beautiful colonial architectural houses. Also in the surroundings Botanical Garden of Eala and Bamanya Catholic mission.

Botanical Garden of Eala was created on February 3rd, 1900 by a Belgian botanist Emile Laurent. It was also the Headquarters for agronomical studies of Belgian Congo. The garden has 3200 tree species and plants, 1200 herbaria and several tree fruits. Eala was one of the biggest Botanical Garden in Africa which the objective was to preserve the botanical diversity of Africa and to study the agronomical species. However, although it is only a botanical garden there is also a crocodile living in the garden since 1953, the date of its captivity.

.The catholic mission of BAMANYA, created in 1894 by priest Trappistes. The building has a very big library of equatorial Province, and it also had Research Center of equatorial on Mongo Culture.

Day 4:  Visit of Mbandaka town (museum, local markets….) and transfer to Mooto by four-wheel car about 105 km.

              Mooto is a very Old Catholic mission created since 1960, where you can find a school of a woodworker, a hospital where physicians are always available and permanent. You will be able to also visit ASBL installation (a Belgian Non-Profit Organization which helps the local population to develop in agriculture and other sectors of food security.)

               Arriving at Mooto around 3 pm, at night and upkeep with chief notables of the village around the wood fire along with pygmy folkloric group dancing “ Bobongo”

Day 5: Visit to the center and transfer to Nkoso village and also visit Fishing Camps and other villages around. Arriving around 2 pm.

Day 6: After breakfast crossing of Ntumba Lake to go to Irres and spending the night there under tents. Irres is an Agronomical Center of Research and Forestry in Central Africa. In the reserve you will see a primary forest well protected where animals are living in their natural habitat, monkeys live as domestic animals. Very old research lab and a good view of Tumba Lake from there.

Day  7: After breakfast a visit to the center installation ( museum, old lab………..a break from 2h30pm very early morning visit of the forest and back around 7h30 after break return at the camp. There is another night tour around 8 pm. 

Day 8:   a very early in the morning visit around 5 in the morning and back around 7h30 for breakfast. Around 1h30 we will be leaving to go to Bikoro. Bikoro is the county town of Bikoro territory along Tumba Lake. There is a Catholic Mission, a general hospital. Seven Kilometers from Bikoro there is an hevea plantation (rubber) and a packing rubber factory.

Day 9: Visit of the Catholic Mission, transfer to Sekua to visit hevea plantation and the factory.

          Return to Bikoro around 12, after breakfast we will be going for Bikoro.

          Spending night under tents, free night,  and swimming.

Day 10: Tour of the village and preparation of fishing equipment, fishing techniques. Spending the night with the villagers hearing our storytelling around the wood fire. 

Day 11: After breakfast, we will be going to the lake to fish and be back around 12 o’clock. Breakfast and a little break. Around 17 pm we will go to the lake to the lake to see if the nets have got any fish and we are lucky enough we will eat the fish.

Day 12: we pack our stuff to go to Bokote village by paddling which is the only way to get there.    Arriving around 3 pm and visit of pygmies around the fire.

Day 13: After breakfast, we will leave Bokote to go to Mooto going through Samba where we will get the four-wheel car. 

Mooto is a very Old Catholic Mission created in 1960. There is a school for the wood maker, a hospital, a primary and secondary school. Danico Tours has included the population of the village in the circuit because of their hospitality and kindness. Five kilometers from there is a Belgian military base VZW MOOTO & BIKORO which helps the population to develop.

Day 14: After breakfast, visit of the Catholic Mission and transfer To VZW and setting animal traps with pygmies.

Day 15: Going to the forest (checking traps, hunting with dogs, making of baskets and so on) return to the camp around 15 pm. And transfer to Manga village where we will spend the night.

Manga is 50 km from Booto. Visit of pygmy family and Walé women (v according to their culture a wale wife after giving birth has to leave her husband for three years. She will put red paint called ‘ Ngola’ on her body under the surveillance of their parents. She won’t have to work, not to cook. At the end of this ritual, a big ceremony will be given in her honor.

Day 16: Visit of the pygmy wives and ritual ceremony, around 13 pm after breakfast we will go to Mbandaka arriving around 4H30 pm. Return towards civilization and spending the night around the swimming pool.

Day 17: Transfer to Kinshasa free night.

Day 18: Check-in for the trip and another visit of the town, museum, graveyard of President Kabila the Father. Arts symphony and pickpocket market. The end of the story and transfer to the airport.

Departure time: Throughout the year

Breakfast: Tea, coffee, milk, jam, chocolate, omelet.

Meals: Chicken, fish, vegetables, / corn beef, sardine, tuna-fish, crabs. 

Dressing: Rice, bread, pie, sweet potatoes, plantain, cassava bread ( chikwangue and manioc cassava bread)

Dessert: Pineapple, bananas, oranges, papaya, and other savage fruits.

Food and water supply during the trip is our responsibility except in Kinshasa.

Deals:

Beer, soft drinks, whiskey, and wine.

The staying in Kinshasa (hotel including tours.)

Things you need to bring:

- Hat, suntan lotion, anti-malaria cream, sunglasses.

- Anti-malaria drugs and other first-aid medicines.

- Hiking boots or shoes, long sleeve shirts or t-shirts for hiking in the forest.

Our  Prices : 

3600 $ /person

5000$ /for two persons

2nd part

Kinshasa - Mbandaka pygmies (12 days)

Day one: Arrival in Kinshasa

Arrive in Kinshasa, get the assistance by Danico Tours team, after the briefing, drive downtown, have a free evening, overnight at the hotel.

Day two: Kinshasa

After an early breakfast, enjoy the full day Kinshasa city tour including the tomb of the late president Laurant Kabila, Kinsuka rapids, Bonobos in the sanctuary, different historical monuments, overnight at the hotel.

Day three: Kinshasa Mbandaka by plane

After an early breakfast, drive to the airport and take the shared flight to Mbandaka, arrive there, drive to the hotel for deposing your luggage.

Mbandaka is the county town of Equator province with a former name Coquilathville, founded by Henry Morton Stanley in 1883, the town is established at the crossing of the Congo River and Ruki River. The town still keeps former houses with colonial architecture. It is inhabited by Mongo tribe with their pygmies who are the former habitats of this province crossed by the Equator line. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: There is a flight from Kinshasa to Mbandaka only every Wednesday and Saturday.

Day four:  Congo River navigation

After an early breakfast, we embark on the boat and navigate on the Congovisit different fishing encampments and villages.  Mababanga: is also another small one along the congo river, people from this village are specialized in making fish traps and the palm wine production.

Irebu : A Congolese Marin Training Centre located on the mouth of the Tumba lake, overnight at the hotel.

Day five: navigation on Tumba Lake and the river

After an early breakfast, we embark in the boat and cross the lake Tumba to join the pirogue where we will be rowing to Ikoko Bonginda village and proceed with the pirogue in the small canoe in the jungle, visit different fishing encampments and villages

Ngelo: Is a village near the Lake Tumba

Ikoko: is a village located on the mouth of the small river which will allow you to how local people navigate in the forest.

Arrive at Bokote, overnight in the tent.

Day six: River navigation

After an early breakfast, visit the village the proceed with the navigation in the small river for reaching the village port called Samba after leaving the pirogue, have the walk overnight in the tent,.

Day seven: 7 Pygmy villages

After an early breakfast, visit the pygmy village called Bottle, Samba and the pilot center Mooto and Bikoro, have an evening folkloric dance(pygmies and Bantus), overnight in the tent.

Day eight:  Villages

After an early breakfast, transfer to Mabali, overnight in the research center.

en libertés Presque domestiqués. Une belle Vue Sur le Lac Tumba.

Day  nine:  Villages and the forest

After the visit to the center, transfer to Mbandaka where we may reach in the evening time, overnight at the hotel.

Day ten: Mbandaka – Kinshasa

After an early breakfast, depending on the flight schedule, drive to the airport then take another shared flight to Kinshasa, overnight at the hotel.

MBANDAKA-BKIKORO

Itinerary and means of transport

Kinshasa-Mbandaka (by plane)

Mbandaka-Irrebi-Irres-Ikoko (by pirogue)

Ikoko-Samba (by paddling on pirogue)

Samba-Mooto-Mbandaka (by four-wheel car)

Mbandaka-Kinshasa (by plane)

Program

The cost is

$4600 $ / person

$2700 / person for a group of   2 participants

Including transportations as indicated in the Itinerary, meals and mineral water in the interior except in Kinshasa and Mbandaka, government taxes, access, tourist activities, accommodations, and a guide.

Not including the individual insurance, medical services, tips and everything not listed in the itinerary.

 

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