The Congo: Brazzaville

 

Brazzaville, the capital of the Rupublic of Congo, is a sleepy city of 1.4 million on the banks of the river Congo. Just across the river, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire) with its 14 million inhabitants and its high jumble of high rise buildings, stares at Brazza with  a mixture of pride and defiance.

Neater and better organized than many African cities, and with a distinctly provincial feel, Brazzaville is a pleasant enough city.

Mausoleum of explorer and founder of Brazzaville, Sorvignan de Brazza

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Brazzaville’s bigger, badder sister across the Congo river, Kinshasa

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A civilized break after the jungle ! Lunch at Brazza’s best riverside restaurant, Mami Wata.

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