Local traditions and culture in Democratic Republic of Congo

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    Simba Beer

    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 6, 2003

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    When you had a beer in Zaire, you had a serious beer! Sometimes, because we were living so close to the Zairean border, we would just pop across to experience what it was like in their bars. It was definitely different, with the French language and culture, as well as the sense of adventure from just slipping into another country like that! Actually, we did a lot of stupid things back then in our youthful zest for life, but just were lucky not to be caught! I was amazed at the size of the beer bottles in Zaire (the photo compares one of my souvenirs to a typical Canadian beer bottle)! I always loved the atmosphere in the African bars and still have a few old 45 rpm records to remind me of the tunes!

    Simba Dwarfs a Moosehead!
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    Gorilla Etiquette

    by janiebaxter Written Sep 14, 2007

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    It is very important not to startle the gorillas -
    No flash photography.
    No noise.
    No sudden movements
    Don't try to play with, or get close to youngsters. This will annoy and alarm the parents.
    Don't stare the silverback in the eye - he will take this as a threat and may charge you.
    Gorillas are prone to catching the same diseases as humans so you have to keep your distance and not go closer than the guides allow.
    Always follow what the guides say - they are familiar with the gorillas.
    You can only stay abou8t 1 hour at a time so they don't get stressed.
    If the silverback does get upset and charges at you - don't run away. Stay where you are and cower down, acting submissive. He will only be giving you a bit of a telling off and will not actually run into you.

    Don't upset him!
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    CHUKUDU - THE WOODEN BICYCLE

    by DAO Written Feb 22, 2010

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    Seriously – do not laugh. You are looking at a seriously well engineered, practical, low cost and environmentally friendly method of goods transport. The Chukudu is a solid wood scooter that has forked steering bars, a wide wooden platform sloping from the steering handles down and to the rear. Finally its wooden wheels have some rubber tyre tread attached to them for traction through rough roads and mud.

    The Chukudu originated in the Goma/Lake Kivu area. They were invented as a cheap method to transport goods and sometimes people. They do lack peddles and gears, but they do allow a man to transport hundreds of kilograms of goods to market places and return with valuable provisions like water back to the village. And if there is a hill, well then they can ride as fast as their Chukudu will take them. With 200-300 kilograms onboard I can assure you it can be very fast. Because they are made of solid wood they can carry these heavy loads and essentially last forever.

    There are even Chukudus (and driver) available for hire. I actually have pictures of 3 Chukudus waiting at a crossroads waiting to pick up work – literally. On a good day the drivers can earn as much as $10 which is very good pay indeed.

    I have seen them transport huge amounts of bananas, water, flour/maize, firewood, clothes and firewood. It really makes no difference as the solid wood frames can take the strain and some rope will hold anything onboard. They are also able to navigate the rough lava filled ‘streets’ of Goma. Now that’s tough.

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    Photographing People

    by janiebaxter Written Sep 14, 2007

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    I found, and this was confirmed by our guide, that the people in this area do not like being photographed at all. They believe that taking a photograph of them removes their spirit and they really resent any photographs being taken or even run away if they can.
    A pity, because the people are colourful and it would have been nice to get some photos of them. However, even our guide refused to let me take his photo - hence there is no photo attached to this tip!

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    DUMA - MEAT ON A STICK IN THE DRC

    by DAO Written Aug 1, 2014

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    Duma is a meat dish found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Essentially the meat is skewered through the centre (length-ways) of the meat, sprinkled with a lotes of spices and deep fried. This is definitely street food you will find in the markets here for about $1 or less. I did not have a chance to sample one, but 2 of my guides described it as very tasty. The meat is also naturally lean. If you are on a budget and want to really sample the local culture and cuisine then Duma is a must.

    So what is the meat? Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know.

    It is fried mice. I suspect that a rat would do as well.

    DUMA - MEAT ON A STICK IN THE DRC
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    If you go to Eastern Zaire, do...

    by miyls Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you go to Eastern Zaire, do make the effort to go and visit the pygmies. Depending on what you can negotiate, a hike into the jungle, hunting trip and overnight stay at their village is around US$20. It is quite a bizarre culture as all they do all the time is sleep, eat and smoke dope. Watching a six-year old girl smoking a pipe longer than she is at seven in the morning is weird to say the least.

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    Congolese Forests

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    Be relaxed - the country is different, so get used to it! I wish that my high school French had involved more oral than written emphasis! Even so, it is not too difficult to get by with a smattering of the language. The small part of Zaire that I saw does have some beautiful scenery for you to enjoy, if you can just go with the flow regarding all the power-plays by local 'officials'. Photo along the road from Lubumbashi to Kolwezi.

    We Hit a Good Stretch of Road

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