In 2013, three friends set off on a journey that they had been told was impossible: the north-south crossing of the Congo River Basin, from Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Juba, in South Sudan. Traversing two and a half thousand miles of the toughest terrain on the planet in a twenty-five year old Land Rover, they faced repeated challenges, from kleptocracy and fire ants to non-existent roads and intense suspicion from local people. Through imagination and teamwork -- including building rafts and bridges to cross rivers, conducting makeshift surgery in the jungle and playing tribal politics -- they got through. But the Congo is raw, and the journey took an unexpected psychological toll on them all. Crossing the Congo is an offbeat travelogue, a story of friendship and what it takes to complete a great journey against tremendous odds, and an intimate look into one of the world s least-developed and most fragile states, told with humour and sensitivity.

Crossing the Congo: Over Land and Water in a Hard Place - Hardcover


    • Hardcover: 256 pages
    • Publisher: C. Hurst & Co Publishers (1 Sept. 2016)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1849046859
    • ISBN-13: 978-1849046855
    • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.5 x 16.3 cm
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