A typical rural road in Bandundu. Almost all roads in Bandundu are
During the rainy season many roads become impassable due to the formation of
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bridges in Bandundu are locally maintained and are used primarily by travelers on foot or
on bicycle. Here the community has gotten together to gather forest vines and logs
to repair the bridge. For the villagers of Manga this spot on the Gobari river
is a popular bathing spot.
rivers and streams, it is not rare to see a one or two log bridge such as this one.
In more densely forested valleys one can
find hanging bridges. This one was made by weaving vines and sticks together.
Traveling in the rural areas can be a
challenge. Here, Kayiba lines up his motorcycle on a wooden plank and balances
his way across the bridge. Bridges like this one often require some work
Kwilu river, there are many areas where crossing must be done by ferry or by dugout
canoe. Here a Peace Corps Volunteer is
on his way to visit the farmers he works with, on the other side of the Kwilu river.
remains a popular means of transport. As can be seen in this photo, this bicycle is
being used to it's maximum capacity. This man is transporting manioc
roots to market.
The fuel situation in
Bandundu has been difficult for many years. Fuel must be stored and transported in
barrels. Here barrels are being prepared for delivery to the interior of the
The main road between Kinshasa and Kikwit
has seriously deteriorated and accidents such as this one result from the bad state of the
road. This road is a major conduit for food to the capital and its continued
degradation is aggravating serious food supply problems for the city.