Camping on the car park at the rundown yacht club with extremely friendly staff and military, terrible toilets and no showers but plenty of water, we asked at the Total restaurant next doors and were allowed to use their pool ablutions, we stayed for free and gave some small gifts to the helpful securities and military post
We went to the consulate in Pointe Noire to try to apply for a transit visa for Cabinda so we would not use up our tourist visa. They were not unhelpful but told us that you are only allowed to have one active visa at a time. However an other traveller who got his tourist visa together with us in Accra was able to get a transit visa here just two weeks before. We also heard from other travellers who got a tourist visa issued here without invitation letters so if you do not want to go through the hassle of driving from Ghana to Angola in 2 months (visa validity) then Pointe Noire and Matadi would be your best bets.
We were allowed to park and camp on the soccer field of the catholic priest school. Very hospitable rector, François, welcomed us and was happy to speak Italian with my wife! Nice and quiet spot outside Ouesso.
This hotel welcomes overlanders since ages! You can park and pitch for FREE, and use a bathroom with cold shower accessible with a key. Very kind hosts! Located in the center of Brazzaville, close to many useful embassies. Oh, and they have an excellent Vietnamese/Asian restaurant with very reasonable prices! Bringing pets is not a problem, but when we were here there were 3 dogs, from which one was aggressive against our dog. We just kept ours inside whenever the other ones were unlocked.
Get carnet stamped here when using the road to/from Congo to Lwozi, DRC. There is no customs at the Tombo border crossing. We also had to see the police across from customs whom took our details down. Customs refused to give our carnet back until we paid 2000cfa, which we were told after he stamped it. Unfortunately we paid.....
The president elections were in town, so most hotels and other accommodation was not available. We did find this little gem of a place, with a very friendly hostess. Beautiful rooms, decorated nicely with comfortable beds and pillows. Tv, fan and A/C in rooms. Our air-con wasn't working so we reduced the price from 20000CFA to 15000CFA (£17.50) a night.
Hotel that allows camping. 4000CFA per person. Warm shower and toilet available. Water also freely available as well. Lovely people, nice place to stay while acquiring Angola visa (embassy very close, 1min walk away).
Issue tourist visas here. Only problem is it could take days. You need to wait for the consular to arrive. We applied on Monday and received our visas on Friday. Was able to pay in CFA, 93000CFA per visa for a single entry for 1 month. Double entry possible.
Rooms for 3000 - 5000 CFA
Police from Ouesso stay here. Place was being renovated / upgraded at the time... who knows, might be nice when they're done. As it is right now you could squeeze 2-3 4WDs inside the gate.
10,000 CFA for basic room. VERY NICE even by Western standards. We didn't stay... wish we did but wasted afternoon looking for fuel instead. Place stood out that much we thought it worthwhile pulling up and pinning for iOverlander :)
Convenient spot between RoC and DRC crossings. 10,000 CFA for BIG room. Too homosexual for my brother and I to share a room at other place so came here. Nice little restaurant down the hill in the paddock... won't find it without help :)
Bridge crossing development underway. No bypass for vehicles. Slender planks laid down for scooter access. Alternate route is main track running West from Louingui. We didn't trust the planks and took the alternate route. See attached image for alternate route.
Got a spacious room for two people with large bed for 10,000CFA per night. Next to the street so bring earplugs, but not much else cheaper in Pointe-Noire. Has basic ensuite with weak shower and a/c in rooms.
A great beach side Chinese restaurant that does authentic Chinese food, but can also cater to western tastes ;) there's a hotel section just behind the restaurant, room with no window costs 30,000cfa, seaview is 70,000cfa.
used since I couldn't make it to dolisie, super cheap 1000cfa room but basically a wooden shack with no electricity nor water, you wash in the river, pit toilets, noisy bar at the front but ok if you have no choice, had chicken with spaghetti for 900cfa :-)