Congo Ferry

Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, and Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are the two closest capital cities anywhere in the world, facing each other from opposite sides of the Congo River just under four miles apart.

The two capitals are very different, Brazzaville having a population of just over a million, whilst Kinshasa is home to around ten million. Many ferries cross the River Congo as well as canoes and other boats, and the Pool Region, where the crossings take place is the scene of frequent accidents as many of the boats are in a poor state of repair.

Ferries operate every two hours between the two countries from 8am until mid-afternoon and cost around £9 a trip.

However travellers are recommended to take the more expensive Carnot Rapide which, although costing more at £15, are modern boats with less passengers making for a safer crossing. And safety is something of an issue for the Congo ferry.

In July 2010 eighty people died after their ferry hit a rock, in 2009 ninety people died after their supposedly non passenger logging boat sank.

In one of the worst disasters in 1993, 147 citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo drowned after the ferry leaving the Republic of Congo left the quayside prematurely pushing passengers into the water, and then, when the ferry made a hasty return after realising what had happened, it crushed many of those in the water.

Congo FerryYou could, of course, also hire one of the speed boats available but then you really would be taking your life into your own hands as operators seemingly haven't heard of safety and just want to get you across the Congo in the fastest way possible even if that means bouncing off rocks along the rapids!

If making the journey ensure you have a valid passport and visa and whilst arriving in the Republic of Congo is relatively hassle free the same cannot be said for arrivals at Kinshasa especially for lone travellers outside government and NGO operations.

In this video, take the short two mile trip across the Congo by ferry from Brazzaville to the port of Le Beach Ngobila in Kinshasa which extends for about four miles along the Congo River with its dozens of quays of differing sizes along its bank providing shelter for hundreds of boats and barges.


Congo Ferry

Congo Ferry

Congo Ferry

Congo Ferry

Congo Ferry


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Congo Ferry

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Take the ferry across the Congo river from Brazzaville to Kinshasa in this short video, a journey of some two miles then explore the capitals of the two nations, Congo Brazzaville and Congo Kinshasa.


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