DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO ATTRACTIONS

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the western-central part of Africa. Surrounding it are the countries of the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, and Zambia. We brig to you popular Congo attractions that you should visit.

The capital of The Democratic Republic of the Congo is Kinshasa, which borders The Republic of Congo’s capital city.

Congo has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity, particularly around the equator. Half of the country lies north or the equator and half of it lies to the south.

Congo Attractions are Carpeted by huge swaths of rainforest and punctuated by gushing rivers and smoking volcanoes, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) is the ultimate African adventure. As much a geographical concept as a fully fledged nation, DRC has experienced one of the saddest chapters in modern history, suffering a brutal 20th century of colonial exploitation, authoritarian madness and what has been dubbed Africa’s first ‘world war’, which finally ended in 2003 with the rise of the Kabila political dynasty.

The rainy season is from October to May with the month of December being fairly dry. The dry season is June to October. The northern part of the country has an equatorial rainforest with an average yearly rainfall of 1100 millimeters.

While real stability remains many years away, the presence of the world’s largest UN peacekeeping force has bred some optimism among its tormented but resilient population. In the Northeast, this optimism and the small but fast-growing tourism industry centred on the incredible Parc National des Virunga were derailed by the kidnap of two British nationals in May 2018. With the park closed since, the future for one of Africa’s most thrilling destinations is even more challenging.

With the help of our Safari Specialists, you can visit Congo Attractions through Rwanda with your own Tailor-made itinerary today.

Congo Attractions & Destinations

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Virunga National Park

DRC’s magnificent calling card is Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and home to mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the incredible, active Nyiragongo volcano (climbed on a thrilling two-day expedition). Having been the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga in 2014, the park grew fast in popularity until May 2018 when the kidnapping of two British nationals led to it indefinitely suspending all tourism operations. The pair were released unharmed, but management have said they won’t welcome more visitors until they can guarantee their safety.

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Mount Nyirangongo

Perhaps DRC’s most magnificent single sight, active volcano Nyiragongo soars above the city of Goma and the surrounding Virunga National Park and sends plumes of smoke into the sky, before becoming a flaming beacon visible for miles around after sundown. The trek to the top is an absolutely unmissable experience (when the park is open to visitors), with those who undertake the five-hour climb being rewarded with views into the volcano’s explosive lava lake below.

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Kahuzi-Biéga National Park

Kahuzi Biega National Park is made up of two great extinct volcanoes of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega.

Mt Kahuzi 3308m is the highest of different volcanic mountains in the Mitumba range. The Mitumba range stretches along the Albertine rift south of Rwanda northwards into the Rwenzori Mountains west of Uganda. Mt Biega 2,790m is an extinct volcano in the same Mitumba Mountain ranges. The Mitumba Mountain ranges lie west of Bukavu town, close to Lake Kivu that forms borderline with Rwanda. Biega were gazetted to a zoological and forest reserve in 1937, later upgraded and merged with Kahuzi into the current national park status 1970s. With 6,000km2 (2,300 sq mi) geographic surface area coverage, Kahuzi Biega stands tall amongst the large single wildlife protected areas on the African continent.

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Mount Sabyinyo

Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in east Africa, north-east of Lake Kivu one of the east African great lakes in western branch of the east African rift, and west of lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.
It stands 3,645m above sea level, marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It straddles the adjoining national parks of virunga national park in Democratic republic of Congo, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Mgahinga national park in Uganda.

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