Two Trips to
Gorilla Land
the Cataracts of the Congo


Richard F. Burton

“Quisquis amat Congi fines peragrare nigrantes,
Africæ et Æthiopum cernere regna, domus,
. . .
Perlegat hunc librum.”
Fra Angelus de Map. Piccardus.

“Timbuctoo travels, voyages to the poles,
Are ways to benefit mankind as true
Perhaps as shooting them at Waterloo.”—Don Juan.

Table of Contents



Part I

  1. Landing at the Rio Gabão (Gaboon River).—le Plateau, the French Colony.
  2. The Departure.—the Tornado.—arrival at “The Bush.”
  3. Geography of the Gaboon.
  4. The Minor Tribes and the Mpongwe.
  5. To Sánga-Tánga and Back.
  6. Village Life in Pongo-land.
  7. Return to the River.
  8. Up the Gaboon River.
  9. A Specimen Day with the Fán Cannibals.
  10. To the Mbíka (Hill) ; the Sources of the Gaboon.——return to the Plateau.
  11. Mr., Mrs., and Master Gorilla.
  12. Corisco—“Home” to Fernando Po.

Part II

  1. From Fernando Po to Loango Bay.—the German Expedition.
  2. To São Paulo De Loanda.
  3. The Festival—a Trip to Calumbo—portuguese Hospitality.
  4. The Cruise along Shore—the Granite Pillar of Kinsembo.
  5. Into the Congo River.—the Factories.—trip to Shark’s Point.— the Padrão and Pinda.
  6. Up the Congo River.—the Slave Depot, Porto Da Lenha.—arrival at Boma.
  7. Boma.—our Outfit for the Interior
  8. A Visit to Banza Chisalla,
  9. Up the Congo to Banza Nokki.
  10. Notes on the Nzadi or Congo River.
  11. Life at Banza Nokki.
  12. Preparations for the March.
  13. The March to Banza Nkulu.
  14. The Yellala of the Congo.
  15. Return to the Congo Mouth.
  16. The Slaver and the Missionary in the Congo River.
  17. Concluding Remarks.


  1. Meteorological.
  2. Plants collected in the Congo, at Dahome, and the Island of Annabom, by Mr. Consul Burton.
  3. Heights of Stations, West Coast of Africa, Computed from Observations Made by Capt. Burton.
  4. Immigration Africaine.


  1. The Lands of the Gorilla (230k)
  2. The Lower Congo from the mouth to the rapids (430k)

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