Must Visit Places in DRC Congo

Must Visit Places in DRC Congo

The DRC which is formerly known as Zaire has had tough history that is not easy to take in. From the Belgium colonialists to Mobutu Sese seko and the longs periods of instability. But this also being the second largest country has not stop them bouncing back considering the magic it has to offer.

Ranging from active volcanoes, rivers to the gorillas that are highly sought after. Here are some of the best things to see and expect in the DRC

Kinshasa

This is the capital of this country and like any other country you would like to visit its capital because it always has the best in terms of everything. The good infransture, wonderful markets and museums. Basically you want to see the center of civilization in a particular country.

Lola Ya Bonobo

Lola Ya Bonobo is a sanctuary for orphaned bonobos and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Kinshasa area. The bonobos are hunted for bush meat, and when a mother is killed, the babies are often taken and sold on the black market as pets.

The sanctuary tries to recover as many as possible so that they can live out their lives in safety.  One of the four great apes, bonobos have been relatively isolated until the 20th century.  The sanctuary covers 30 hectares of forest and you can visit the several feeding stations that the staff use to help track the apes.

Kahuzi Biega National Park

Its home to mountains Kahuzi and Biega where it also derives its name. The park is located in theSothern Kivu Province and covers areas from the River Congo up to the Bukavu area.

Its home to the eastern Low Land Gorillas which are also endangered.

Nyiragongo Volcano

This Volcanoes that also covers the skiyline in Goma last erupted in 2011 destroying over 15% of the surrounding areas. There is a lava lake which can be visited on the advice of the site guides.

Virunga National Park

This park is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to 25% of the remaining gorillas in the world, the rest being in Uganda and Rwanda.

Salonga National Park

This is both DRC’s and Africa’s Largest Tropical national park. Its is also on the UNESCO heritage site and here you will fine rare species like the Congo Peacock, and the dwarf chimpanzees. You wil have to use a boat for park of the journey to reach this park. 

Garamba National Park

This national park is filled with unending grasslands and savannahs.  And these are filled with elephants, giraffes, hippos, black rhinos, and white rhinos.

Garamba National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing sanctuary for several endangered species

Maiko

This is the most inaccessible park in DRC. It also holds the country’s only endemic species: the Okapi, the Congo peafowl, and the Grauer gorilla.

There are lots of other places not mentioned here but ideal for adventure but DRC being a large country it is, you can’t really exhaust everything.

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