Roasted peanuts and an ice-cold crocodile. Those are the abiding memories of my first night in Brazzaville, the colourful capital of the Republic of Congo. We bought half a dozen roasted peanut-filled cones in twists of newspaper and spread them out on a plastic pavement table. The tavern- owner delivered a crate of chilled Ngok’ beers and we were all set for sundowners, Brazzaville-style.
I was heading north to the rainforests, but it made sense to spend at least one night in “Brazza”, the tiny cousin of mega-city Kinshasa across the Congo River. It’s a…
Out and about in Brazzaville…? Here are some suggestions of where to eat and drink, sleep and experience the arts.
EATING AND DRINKING
For fine dining and the best river views within stumbling distance of the city centre, Mami Wata has become an obligatory weekend stop for wealthy locals and expats alike. La Corniche. Tel: +242 053 42879.
La Bodega offers a strange and intriguing mix of Peruvian and Congolese cuisine and often has live music. It’s popular among expats and younger locals. 40 rue de Dr Cureau. Tel: +242…
Kingsley Holgate, the greybeard of African adventure – on another journey, this time to the Heart of Africa.
He’s survived more than 50 bouts of malaria, traversed bone-dry desert and rain-drenched tropical forests while visiting every country in Africa and circumnavigated the continent in an epic journey stretching to over 400 days. Kingsley Holgate, the greybeard of African adventure, is a man in love with exploring off the beaten track in Africa, so it’s only fitting that he recently became the first man to touch the very…