I didn’t spend too much time here apart from the fact that we stayed at the Hippocampe a Vietnamese restaurant.
Here the the owner allows Overlanders to camp for free (yes Free!). He had travelled the world and his car park has been a small refuge for many overlanders over the years.
It was here that we met Joni the German cyclist, 9 months on the road from Germany to here (crazy but a great guy!), Maureen and Henk a dutch couple in their ‘small’ DAF truck kitted out very luxuriously for their trip around Africa, Andrew and Christina from the UK (Via Angola and Sierra Leone from the past) and Canada in their 110 Defender (plenty of problems along the way with their vehicle) and Darren a kiwi travelling solo throughout Africa.
For the next few days we chilled eating good Vietnamese food and drinking beer, the Hippocampe is a dangerous place for the budget though as the more time you spend there, the more money comes out of the pocket on good food, all worth it in the end after weeks of tinned sardines and pasta!
Close to the Congo river you see a very wealthy side to Brazzaville and its full of cafe’s and restaurant’s at prices you’d expect in London, the outskirts of the city are where the majority of people live and Brazzaville looks very different there compared to the centre (like most cities I suppose).