There are thousands of non-profits, for-profits, non-governmental organizations, foreign and national programs to help the DRC out of poverty, to end wars, to stop malnutrition or to end corruption (among many other projects). Here is a non-exhaustive list of various NGOs and for-profit projects that are or have done significant work in the country (alphabetically).
Drone footage of the Kinshasa golf course in 2021
A walk on the Kinshasa golf course
This question gets asked a lot when I meet someone new. I have many versions of the answer depending on the person asking, my mood or the immediate environment. I can't seem to answer the same thing every time. Why is this question important in the first place? Why is it asked? Is my accent… Continue reading “Where are you from?”
People only want sunset pictures 🙂 The Kinshasa river loop is a popular spot to park and chill, to walk, to skateboard, to rollerblade, to run, to blast music, to play football (soccer). You bump into everyone 🙂
Luki Biosphere, seen from a view point near the base camp. Last weekend, with some friends, L and T, we went to a rainforest biosphere or reserve called Luki near Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We drove from Kinshasa on Saturday morning. We arrived at around 8pm in Mangala/Luki after several calls to… Continue reading Luki rainforest biosphere near Boma
More DRC photos taken on the road between Kinshasa, Matadi, Kisantu, Muanda in March and April 2021. Enjoy 🙂 On the road between Kinshasa and Muanda, there are trucks, motorbikes, customs officials, police, toll gates. There isn't much harassment if you're lucky and don't upset anyone... Motorbikes on the road Hills on the way to… Continue reading Photos again – March 2021 – Kisantu, Matadi, Muanda
A short history of Congolese (DRC) music with a few classic tracks
Driving around the city
The Bombo Lumene national park or the "Domaine et Réserve de Bombo-Lumene" is 3-4 hours outside Kinshasa. It has many animals, insects and birds that you can see if you're lucky! The road is easy if you leave Kinshasa early enough (5am) to avoid traffic!The views are green and lushTurn right at the fork after… Continue reading Bombo Lumene national park
Have you had mwambe (or moambe, the spelling is always a problem!) ? It’s a palm oil based chicken dish in Congo. You should give it a go. It is served with sweet fried plantains, “saka saka” or a type of spinach like dish using manioc leaves. It’s all served with some normal local rice.… Continue reading Mwambe (Palm chicken dish)
Here are a few pictures of the city, the roads and the old Mobutu palace. Check out William Clowes’s excellent article on Gbadolite https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/the-ruins-of-dead-despots/ And Thomas Nicolon’s video report https://www.france24.com/fr/20181102-billet-retour-rdc-congo-nostalgie-mobutu-gbadolite-zaire The INSS building where we rented a roomThe main courtyard of the city with Mobutu’s portraitThe cathedralThe UNHAS plane that took us thereThe entrance to… Continue reading Gbadolite, 2016
Vodacom sent us a message that their fiber optic cables got cut🤦🏻♂️. Oh joy... It’s not rare to have internet issues here. It’s sometimes alright but it’s very hard to get affordable internet...