Day 1: Arrival in Mbandaka. Visit of Mbandaka: Mark-up of the equator. We take a 4x4 from Mbandaka to Ilema, about 29 km further. This trip takes 2,30 hrs. The “Chef du village“ and his pygmies give us a warm welcome with traditional dances. We buy seasonal fruit and vegetables. The cook prepares a local specialty (Congolese Chicken).
Day 2: European breakfast at 7:00 am. We leave at 8:00 am. Trip to Samba. On the road we stop in Buya: we visit a small village with pygmies in traditional clothes. They show us their wooden sculptures. We spend the night in Samba: contact with the “Chief of the village” and with the local pygmies. Dinner à la façon Congolese.
Day 3: European breakfast at 7:00 am. We take a canoe to Nkake: 5 hours paddling. We admire the vegetation: tropical jungle. On the road we buy fresh fruit and vegetables and other specialties to taste. In Nkake the pygmies welcome us with their traditional dances. We eat our Congolese dinner (fresh fishes bought on the road and prepared à la façon Congolese).
Day 4: European breakfast at 7:00 am. We leave for Bikoro, paddling. On the road we visit Ikoko. Ikoko is situated on the border of the Lac Tumba. Possibility to buy some wooden souvenirs. We take 2 extra men with us to paddle: we cross the lake in 2 hours to Bikoro. Sightseeing in Bikoro: the cathedral, some buildings from the State, the beach, visit of the pygmies. Congolese dinner.
Day 5: European breakfast at 7:00 am. Trip into the virgin jungle to IRES in 4x4: 30 km. Congolese dinner.
Day 6: European breakfast at 7 am. I.R.E.S.: It is a center for research of climatology and ecology of the tropical fauna and flora. We make a guided excursion into the Park. Here we still find the virgin vegetation, several animals, birds. Congolese dinner.
Day 7: European breakfast at 7:00 am. 4x4 to Mbandaka. We stay the night in Mbandaka. We eat in a local restaurant and enjoy a fresh Primus.
Day 8: European breakfast at 7:00 am. We return to Kinshasa with airplane.
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