Trip to Congo DRC in July 2022
A trip to Congo - Zaire in which we will discover some of the highlights that the country has to offer and that very few have had the privilege of exploring.
We will get to know some of the best that remains of the ancestral world of Congo rituals, but also the current and urban currents that exist in the megacity Kinshasa. In central Congo we will visit some remains of Congo's colonial past in cities such as Kisantu, Mbanza Ngungu, Matadi or Boma.
After two months of hard prospective travel in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we have been able to see that there are still many ethnic groups that continue to preserve their culture and tradition, we have visited the immense colonial heritage that remains forgotten and abandoned and we have discovered the incredible cultural hotbed that is Kinshasa, a city from which you will leave fascinated.
Mask Festival in Pende Territory in the DR Congo
In the depths of the Democratic Republic of Congo, traditional culture endures. On this trip we will attend one of the biggest cultural and mask festivals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We will travel to the Pende territory, one of the ethnic groups that best preserve their traditional culture, to attend during three days to different ceremonies, dances and masquerades that will take place. In addition to the Pende culture, many other traditional ethnic groups of the DRC will be represented in this great festival. Although the advance of evangelisation is almost unstoppable in a large part of Congo, the Pende people continue to preserve their traditional beliefs and continue to perform their rituals of passage or initiations (Mukanda).
With our expert Congolese guide we will enter a world of sculptors, blacksmiths, musicians and initiation masters where each object, instrument or mask has a very specific meaning.
Kinshasa, one of the best experiences of a trip to Congo
Vibrant Kinshasa is well worth a visit, unlike other African capitals.
We will explore the urban and contemporary culture and experience the fascinating nightlife with its restaurants and live music.
Congo Central - Journey to Congo in search of forgotten colonial heritage
The passage of time and the chaotic situation in the country mean that the colonial and historical heritage is in a situation of neglect very close to disappearance. With the exception of the country's well-preserved cathedrals and historic churches, which are well worth a visit, the rest of the buildings, palaces, stations and factories from the colonial and Mobutu eras are on the verge of collapse.
If you are a lover of abandoned or semi-abandoned places, the DRC could become one of your favourite places.