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East Africa - Detour: Democratic Republic Congo (Chapter)

9th Edition Jul 2012

This is the Detour: Democratic Republic of the Congo chapter from Lonely Planet's East Africa 9 guidebook.

The haunting yet unforgettable setting of Joseph Conrad's classic novel Heart of Darkness, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC; formerly Zaïre) occupies a vast swathe of land in the centre of the African continent.

  • wipe the sweat from your brow, while staring slaw-jawed into the fiery bowels of the world's largest lava lake, Nyiragongo Volcano
  • maps
  • squat with your head bowed and your eyes fixed on the ground as one of the world's largest primates bursts from a bamboo thicket during gorilla tracking
  • transport
  • witness firsthand nature's awesome power and the locals' irrepressible determination to recolonise the lava-flooded streets of Goma
  • restaurants and accommodation

Coverage includes: Understand The DRC, History, Survival Guide, Directory A-Z, Getting There & Away, Goma and Parc National Des Virungas.

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