Loufoulakari Falls

Hi readers! As mentioned in the last post, we were going to see a waterfall this weekend. Did we see a waterfall? Yes. Was it the one I was planning on seeing? No. How does this happen? I don’t know really.

Originally, we planned on going to Bela Falls this weekend. We rented a vehicle and the driver, and I contacted several people to give us directions. The plan was to drive to the village of Boko, pick up a navigator there and continue to the falls. Our driver doesn’t speak English, so I just asked him to take us to Boko via Kintele. Ok. When we get to Boko we will sort this out.

What actually happened…First stop: at school. We picked up one of our cleaners. Um ok. Maybe we are dropping him off somewhere? Nope! Turns out he is navigating us. Ok cool. We come up to the sign for Kintele and turn the other way! What? Maybe the road is closed. Carry on. I should mention here, that our school drivers are not gentle on the roads. We flew to the falls, at top speeds! We drive for about an hour and a half out of the city and take a turn that indicates the direction for Loufoulakari falls. Are these the same falls? But we haven’t got to Boko yet? Are we on some kind of local short cut? All wrong. We arrived at Loufoularki falls. They are large, loud and with lots of mist. They had a little hut where we could eat lunch.

Buckle Up! We barrelled down these roads at 80km/hr

Buckle Up! We barrelled down these roads at 80km/hr

A view of the Congo River and mysterious from high on a hill!

A view of the Congo River and mysterious jungle from high on a hill!

Matt and Brit

First view of the falls

First view of the falls. The water in the rivers here are reddish, brown due to the clay/sand soil

The joining of Loufoulakari River and Congo River. Right after the falls.

The joining of Loufoulakari River and Congo River. Right after the falls.

The worker there told us that there are lower falls about a seven minute walk away. We heard that at Bela falls there was a treacherous 45minutes hike and you could swim at the lower falls. More confusion. Were we at the right falls? Since it is the wet season, swimming might be more difficult. Ok. Nope swimming would be impossible, oh wait, then we found a potential location for swimming. more confusion.

Jungle Shower

Jungle Shower

A Centipede?

A Centipede?

Brit falls

There’s me, just taking in the lower falls!

 

At the end of the day, we got out of Brazzaville, saw a waterfall, enjoyed the outdoors and didn’t get lost or stuck. I guess it was a success. Even if it wasn’t until I got back into the land of internet that I found out it was definitely not the right falls. I suppose our driver was trying to be helpful by scoring us a navigator. Oops!

P.S. We also decorated for Christmas this weekend! Check out the tree!

Christmas Tree

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