What could be more appealing?
It is in the heart of Africa where forest meets savanna. Its northern shore is forest, its southern shore savanna. Fifteen kilometers long and not a single roaring motorboat; in fact there are not even any row-boats on Lake Ndjale, but plenty of dugouts. You can rent one for a dollar, with or without pinancier (oar man).
Romantic. Do you agree?
That is what John thought, too. So he took off from Kindu by motorbike, the only feasible transport given the condition of the bridges. They made a caravan: John, with the Provincial Minister of the Environment, followed by her entourage of security persons and advisors.
The lake has tourist potential, she is convinced, although after her own tipsy outing she suggests larger dugouts for tourists.
Are you convinced? Don’t you want a complete break from the doom and gloom announced by radio, newspapers, and television? Just slip down to your experienced and helpful tourist agent…
– I want to visit Lac Ndjale, you tell him.
– Oh? [His cursor is scanning Lac Léman, Lac d’Annecy, Lac du Der…]
– In Africa, you add helpfully.
He raises his eyebrows.
– French Africa? Not Kenya? [Tentatively the cursor goes to Cameroon.]
– In Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, you complete the clue.
– I see. [And the cursor pauses as he tries to remember the capital of Congo.]
– I think I should go in through Goma. It’s not too far away, you suggest tentatively.
– We are not yet arranging trips to Lac Ndjale, he is emphatic.
– but certainly a very interesting idea, he is doubtful.
This is just the beginning. There is a lot more tourist potential in this TL2 landscape, between Congo’s forest rivers. I hope to write about it all.