Kundelungu National Park is located 180 kilometers northeast of Lubumbashi on the plateau from which it takes its name, Kundelungu Park is one of the eight national parks in the country, and one of the two located in Katanga with the Park of L ‘Upemba to which it is connected by an ecological corridor allowing the migration of the fauna.
Originally a private hunting area, it was declared a national protected area in 1970, and is actually made up of two zones whose western part (the so-called annex zone) was added more recently. The figures vary according to the source, and it will be said that the area of the park covers an average of 250,000 hectares in the reserve area on the plateau, plus an additional 550,000 hectares of ancillary area.
The ecosystem is grassy Savannah type on immense steppes dotted with forest galleries, characteristic of Katanga. And the fauna that it is supposed to shelter would consist of antelopes, jackals, servals, porcupines, warthogs, a great variety of birds (cranes, egrets, marabouts, pelicans …), snakes, monkeys, buffaloes, Hippopotamuses, crocodiles … We also mention some lions, cheetahs (whose park would be the last shelter in the DRC), leopards, zebras … But no one knows, especially in the case of the big cats, if there really still remains or This is advertising intended to bring visitors. Anyway it is extremely rare and complicated to see, so do not rely too much on it, and content yourself with the splendid landscape which alone is worth the tour.
The falls of the Lofoi
These are the highest waterfalls in Africa (384 meters in a single jet), even more impressive in the rainy season, even if the show is unforgettable in all cases. The site includes other majestic falls, of which the two most emblematic with the Lofoi are the falls of Masansa ( “shower”) and those of Lutshipuka ( “swimming pool”) where it is possible to bathe. And that have it can join in one day.
At the practical level, the ground track part has been recently groomed and is therefore much more “comfortable” than before. But a good 4 × 4 remains essential to circulate on the tracks of the park. The falling point of the reserve is the station of Katwé which has a shelter where it is possible to lodge for 30 $ the night. For the same price, one can camp in the park – at the top of the falls for example to observe the sunset or sunset of beauty – with equipment and guards (armed) provided.
In both cases, the ICCN must be booked and paid for in advance (in Lubumbashi) in addition to buying the $ 40 expatriate license and paying $ 15 per vehicle. The lodging in the lodging is correct but rudimentary and without electricity of course so think to take everything with you before leaving Lubumbashi: food (to be prepared on the makala) and reserves of water, including for the driver and often for the guards Park if you are camping; Sleeping bag (advised, it can be cold at night and the few covers provided are not always enough); Flashlights, etc.
In theory the fee paid to the ICCN covers the “ancillary” costs: barriers, guards … but a matabish is often appreciated, or even asked by them.
There are also plans to build lodges in the park soon and overlooking the Lofoi Falls.