Watch Wagenia fishermen securing their catch across this river.

On your list of things not to miss in the DR Congo should be the Wagenia fishermen, doing their business just in front of the Wagenia Falls. These villagers have been using an interesting tactic of catching fish along the river with large conical baskets suspended from wooden frames across the river.

It’s a unique sight and well worth visiting. The fishermen have taken it upon themselves to provide guiding tours to anyone who shows up, and charge US$30 for the privilege. There is a village on a small island in the middle of the river, and they may convince you to take a pirogue across and meet the chief; if that’s your interest it should run to an extra US$20.

Kisangani River Democratic Republic of the Congo by Ollivier Girard Center for International Forestry Research CIFOR
© Ollivier Girard, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)