I worked in the DRC for a while and the border crossing from Zambia to DRC close to Lubumbashi... the name escapes me at the moment, is horrendous. I did this crossing with the help of permanent company agents that try get urgent trucks to jump the several day que at the crossing so it was fairly smooth for me.
Do your homework or maybe try another border crossing.
some tips, plan trip for dry season, focus more on tough suspension than flex... your vehicle is going to take a beating... sat phone is a must... and enjoy yourself. I always wanted to do that trip while i worked in DRC but never got around to it.
If you have a vehicle in DRC you are home free. The situation has really calmed down there and driving in the bush is a pleasure. From Lubumbashi there is the road to Kilwa that is being fixed up and should be a reasonable surface (dirt pot, pot holed compared to the impassable in rainy season route it is now) by the end of next dry season. From kilwa you can drive to Pweto witch is a less than fantastic road but being fixed up at the moment by some NGOs. Good news is all the bridges are working and the pontoon at Pweto is in good nick. From Pweto you can nip back into Zambia. North of Pweto is still dodgy. If you are really lucky you could maybe get a lift on the Barge operated by Anvil Mining from Kilwa to nchelenge on the Zambian side of Lac Mweru/Moero.
Then once you have a vehicle there you can drive by good roads to Kenya, Tanzania, Milawi...
If you are really adventourous I can try and dig up my GPS tracks for my exploration roads... prepare to get stuck... I am not a good road builder
Good luck and enjoy.
P.S. DRC has a grand total of 100km of tared road in total... or something like that...
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