Has anyone recently traveled in the eastern DRC, the Democratic Republic of the Congo? I'm considering moving south to north, from, roughly, Lubumbashi to the border with Uganda. However, it currently ain't all peaches in this region.

So, for simplicity's sake, how to travel from Kitwe to Kabale, through the DRC, using public transport? Or, perhaps more sensibly, anyone has any personal experience traveling around in this region?

  • Your question is pretty broad. Are you specifically interested in personal safety? Ease of travel?
    – dlanod
    Jul 27, 2012 at 0:26
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    Am not so sure if it's very broad. Specifically, I'm interested in any recent personal experience. So, yeah, that would include ease of travel, quality of the roads, existence of public transport, personal safety, cost of living, safety related to the current violent resurgence. I can read the guides, say the LP, but that won't tell me whether i can rely on them.
    – MastaBaba
    Jul 27, 2012 at 10:08
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    That's not really an answerable question then, if you're just looking for personal experience, as everyone's experience is different to some degree and you can't really say which is "right".
    – dlanod
    Jul 27, 2012 at 10:14
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    Hmmm. Not an unreasonable point in itself, in the sense that there is no one correct answer. I'm asking for personal experiences after all. But, then again, I'm asking what the situation on the ground is, now. In the volatile region that is eastern DRC, I would argue that the question then, in fact, is answerable. In the eastern DRC, at the moment, there is little else to rely on besides recent personal experiences.
    – MastaBaba
    Jul 27, 2012 at 15:28
  • @MastaBaba: I recommend you rephrase your question because Stack Exchange policy tells us not to allow "forum" style questions and only "Q&A" style questions. So instead of explicitly asking for personal experience, ask what factors you want to know about. The answers can still include personal experience in their effort to provide their "one right answer". Aug 5, 2012 at 19:52

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Eastern Congo is affected by the rebel activities. Recent reports of rebels fighting with the army have been reported. Even gorilla tourism (in this region) have been affected and tourists can only for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Will update you when the security situation has improved in the region.

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    I know. Gorilla tourism has been suspended and there are occasional skirmishes in the lake Kivu region. Still, the region affected is limited to the area roughly around where the borders of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda meet. That leaves a whole swath of land and, even, perhaps the possibility of comparitively easily travel from Lubumbashi to, say, Burundi, through the DRC.
    – MastaBaba
    Aug 5, 2012 at 14:03

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