The Kinshasa Highway is an informal name for route across the Democratic Republic of the Congo into Uganda and beyond, consisting of paved highways in some places and seasonally impassable tracks in others. The name has gained currency for the role which long-distance truck drivers played in the spread of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. Although there is a paved road from Kinshasa to Kikwit and little beyond, and there are paved roads between Kisangani, Bukavu, Kampala and Nairobi, there has never been a paved highway across the centre of the Congo joining Kinshasa and Kikwit to Bukavu. Neither is there any coordinating authority for a 'Kinshasa Highway' or 'Autoroute de Kinshasa'.
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... One of the most reliable indicators of highway condition in Africa are the Michelin maps which grade highway condition, in part from traveller's reports ... three 'transcontinental routes' between Kinshasa and Kisangani or Bukavu, all of them with very long stretches of road in the lowest category of highway condition, described ... It was said that the route of the Kinshasa Highway had to be carved out from thick jungle, and after it was paved, AIDS spread quickly, as carriers of the disease travelled ...
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