15/9/89

DAY TWENTY-FIVE Another long, hot day of driving brought us, finally, to Kisangani on the banks of the Zaire River. The sun had been beating down on us all day but as we neared the river, the air became cool and moist and then, suddenly, we emerged from the jungle to see the great river before us, shining in the late afternoon sun as it rolled past the town.

We drove in to the Olympia Hotel where we indulged in cold beer, a cooked meal of pork, chips and cabbage, as well as showers and toilets.

The cool of the late evening gave way to a hot, muggy night but we slept well.

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