The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lies suitably in west-central Africa. It is surrounded by Central African Republic, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic Congo and many others. This country is one quarter the size of the United States and the Principle Rivers include Bomu and Ubangi in the north and the Congo in the west that flows into the Atlantic. It covers an area of about 777.000 square kilometers. On the other side, the whole length of Lake Tanganyika straddles via the eastern border with Burundi and Tanzania.
This country has long continued experiencing increase in its population of about 1.7 million people every year and hence increase need for food demand, shelter and fuel.
The Congo Basic forest covers the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Congo. While on a safari in this forested country, the notable conservation areas include Virunga National Park which is situated in eastern side and ideal for mountain gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike among others. The other parks include Maiko National Park, Kahuzi Biega National Park where the eastern lowland gorillas are found.
The DR Congo is the largest African state in the Congo basin and contains 12.5% of the remaining tropical rainforest. On safari in DR Congo, the notable activities for you to take part include;
- Mountain gorilla trekking
DR Congo is one of the three African countries with the mountain gorillas. The others are; Uganda and Rwanda. Mountain gorilla tracking in Congo takes place in the Magnificient Virunga National Park, and this is the cheapest gorilla safari destination at US$400 per gorilla permit.
Gorilla Journeys to Virunga National Park take off from Bunagana border from Uganda side, or Grande Barriere to Goma from Rwanda side. While on a gorilla safari in Congo, some accommodation options include Kibumba Tented Camp, and Tchegera Tented Camp among others.
- Eastern lowland gorilla trekking
Are you interested in the Eastern Low Land Gorilla tracking? Visit Kahuzi Biega National Park, also in Democratic republic of Congo!
- Bird watching
- Mountain hiking
- Chimpanzee tracking
The Congo basin, second in size only to the mighty Amazon, loses close to about 1.5million hectares of forest cover each year. This represents approximately one-third of the 4 million hectares of forest destruction Africa experiences every year-an area roughly twice the size of Belgium.
The tropical rainforest within Congo Basin comprises of the huge number mammal species, bird species, fish, swallowtail butterflies, amphibians, primates, and many others. The notable birds for you to sight while on safari in Democratic Congo Republic include the Congo peacock, Lake Lufira weaver, yellow-crested helmet shrike, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Congo bay owl, Schouteden’s swifts, The Congo basin is the only area with 3 subspecies of gorillas, lowland gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas and the rare mountain gorillas. The Congo River which flows via the forest features as the second largest river in the world.
To get to DR Congo, you will be required to have a valid visa and passport which you can obtain through its embassy. However, before you embark on the trip to this part of the world, make sure that you inquire more about the current security issue.
Usually, the violence occurs around areas of north Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and others. While here, make sure that you don’t be part of the demonstrations and public gatherings. As well, make sure that you keep monitoring the consular alerts and messages and local as well as international news from reliable sources.
Health wise, you will need to vaccinate against some diseases and some of the significant vaccines you may require include the yellow fever vaccine. Others may include typhoid, cholera, rabies a mention but a few.