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The country’s road network is in an extremely bad state of repair following years of armed conflicts. In theory, the road network comprises 58,358 km of national roads, 86,615 km of rural roads, and 7,400 km of urban roads.
Recent road quality indicators suggest that the state of the country’s limited paved network (fewer than 3,000 km) has improved considerably and is now comparable with those of other low income countries in the region. (Source: African Development Bank Group)
Haut Katanga Province (part of ex Katanga)
Below is the map of the main road network in Haut Katanga Province.
Distances for all destinations in ex Katanga Province from Lubumbashi can be found in this Road Matrix.
This province is seriously landlocked as rail solutions are unreliable and roads (especially North and North East) are in a very bad condition.
Below is the map of the main road network in Maniema Province.Below is a Distance Matrix for Maniema Province.
For now, the only road access to South Kivu Province is a medium size road starting from Kindu, going south to Kasongo, then north-east to the border with South Kivu province, and, in Matala village, finally south-east along the border to Kasikasilu (then you can go north to Fizi or south to Kalémie).
Below is an overview map of the Eastern borders.
The Northern Corridor
The Northern Corridor is the transport corridor linking the landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi with Kenya’s maritime port of Mombasa. Similarly, the Northern Corridor serves Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and Northern Tanzania. Thus, the Northern Corridor infrastructure connects all the five countries of the East African Community and beyond.
Below is a map of the main domestic road corridors.
- Matadi-Kinshasa-Lubumbashi: This route plays a major role in international trade. The section from Matadi to Kinshasa is the main route for the transport of imports to Kinshasa and for legal exports from the DRC using the Matadi port. The second part between Kinshasa and Lubumbashi can not be yet a major corridor since half of the way is in very bad condition.
- Bunia-Kisangani-Kinshasa: This route is now a major way for transporting goods from eastern Africa to Kinshasa (especially second hand cars from the Middle East or Asia). The Congo River is also crucial for transporting timbers, agricultural products and fish from the center of the country to Kinshasa.
- Lubumbashi-Kalémie-Goma: This route is mainly useful in terms of integrating the country between cities and is also used by the mining industry.