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Dr Congo

The country formerly known as the Zaire, the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria. It borders South Sudan, The Central African Republic, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia. The capital Kinshasa has the highest population of residents about 1.5m. It is also the second largest French speaking city in Africa. The population in Kinshasa is due to the insecurity in some parts of the country, employment and basic social services.

The Democratic Republic of Congo boosts with great natural resources and wonders these include gold, diamonds oil and 15 other mineral resources. Minerals put aside, Congo is a heaven for wildlife and natural beauty. Congo is home to wildlife species that found nowhere else in the wild like the elusive okapi, bongo, bonobos sometimes referred as pygmy chimpanzees, Congolese Peafowl, the lowland gorillas and mores. The only country where both Mountain and low land Gorillas can be tracked by the tourists

The existence of an active volcano the Nyiragongo that is observed year-round is also an amazing experience of observing the boiling Magma on top of the mountain

The Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed with unbelievable biodiversity and natural resources but tourism is still underdeveloped. It has cities which are well built but the infrastructure like road network connecting them to the rural countryside where the tourist attractions are still poorly developed this is attributed to insecurity in many parts of the country especially Eastern Congo where most of the natural resources and wildlife is concentrated.

Best Places to Visit in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congo River: After the Amazon, the Congo river is the second greatest widespread river system in the world. It is considered the deepest river in the world with an overall water volume that is second to the amazon. Water from the river contributes to the remarkable scenery and biodiversity in the countryside. The river is home to over 700 species of fish, crocodiles, hippos, birds and waterfalls is capable of supplying all the hydro-electric power needed on the Africa continent and currently has over 40 power stations have been built along the river Congo.

Virunga National Park: Virunga is recorded as the oldest national park in Africa and one of the many UNESCO World heritage sites. The park was gazetted in 1925 and is located in the eastern part of the country bordering the Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth national park. It was at first named Albert National Park and then it included the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and parts of Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. Virunga is the most visited national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Apart from the Volcanos and Mountain gorillas that are the boosts with, it has a remarkable biodiversity. Virunga is home to lions, leopards, chimpanzees, elephants, hippopotamus and rare creatures like the okapi. Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park is the most popular activity followed by hiking Mount Nyiragongo which a close by epic feature.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Virunga: Chimpanzee tracking is uncommon activity which is also open to visitors in Virunga it is always organized  and there is only one fully habituated group with about twelve individual chimps.

Mount Nyiragongo active Volcano: Nyiragongo Active Volcano is one of the most attractions in the DR Congo in the Virunga National Park and its flames and smoke can be visible across Uganda and Rwanda during the night. Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcanic mountain with the biggest lava lake on earth. From 1980s to date, the mountain has erupted over 30 times.

Hundreds of tourists every year ignore the bad media press and insecurity warnings and visit the Virunga National Park as well as a chance to be one of the few who have experiential a lava lake up-close. When combined with gorilla trekking in Virunga and Climbing Mount Nyiragongo you create an everlasting memory on the African continent

Gorilla Trekking in Virunga: Mountain gorillas step forward as the most pleasant creatures found in the region of Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo. Virunga National Park is one of the blessed parks with the Mountain Gorillas situated along the Volcanic region where the other parks that include Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Mountain and Volcano National park in Rwanda, Virunga shares the remaining Gorillas across and allows tourists to have close encounters with these majestic creatures and there are 6 fully habituated gorilla groups in Virunga. Tracking the gorillas takes you deep in the forest hence allowing you to see many of the park’s animals.

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage: For tourists who book their stay at Mikeno lodge have an opportunity to visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage. This is the only Mountain gorilla orphanage in the world and about 7 individuals that stay at the orphanage. The orphanage center as well rehabilitates Eastern Lowland gorilla orphans for a while before relocating them to the Eastern Lowland gorilla orphanage known as the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center.

Kahuzi-Biega National Park: This national park is situated in the Eastern part of the DR Congo close to the border with Rwanda and Lake Kivu. Kahuzi-Biega National Park National Park is one of the UNESCO World heritage sites in Congo for its important wildlife species. Its name is from two extinct volcanoes known as Kahuzi and Biega. The two volcanos shade the landscape of the park and are joined together by a small spring of forest. Kahuzi-Biega National Park gives travellers a complete wilderness magic and feeling that only the Congo can provide. The Park is an outstanding travel destination for travelers who wish to explore different features or realize Africa’s last remaining true wildernesses.

Putting aside unspoiled wilderness, Kahuzi-Biega National Park is one of the last reserves with the largest gorilla species the Grauer’s gorilla.  The Park has about 400 individuals found in the park with others found in Maiko National Park and other reserves in the neighbouring areas. About 5,000 Eastern lowland gorillas remaining on earth are all found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kahuzi Biega is the unsurpassed spot to track the Eastern Lowland gorilla and is the popular activity for tourists in the park as well as chimpanzee tracking

Our Tours to DR Congo

3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Active Volcano

Hiking mount Nyiragongo will take you to view the active volcano with the biggest lava lake and where the tourists can witness a boiling Magma Lake. Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano found at the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga National Park is the oldest game reserve in Africa which at one time, the park had its boundaries in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park national park in Uganda. Virunga national park is home to the different rare species of wildlife like the okapi, Mountain gorillas, Bongo antelopes, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, chimpanzee and countless birds. Due to its incredible biodiversity, the park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 2 kilometer crater on top of Mount Nyiragongo is the world’s largest lava lake. Most of Africa’s recent volcanic eruptions have come from Mount Nyiragongo and the neighbouring mount Nyamuragira. Mount Nyiragongo is perhaps the only active volcano open to tourism in the world at the moment.
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3 Days Eastern Lowland Gorilla Tour

3 days Eastern lowland gorilla tour to Congo takes you to the Kahuzi Biega National Park for an amazing tour to see the endangered Grauer’s gorilla.  Kahuzi-Biega National park is one of best places to go for  <a href="https://www.silverbackgorillatours.com/congo">a safari in Congo</a>. It is one of the few national parks in Africa that remain relatively undiscovered with pristine wilderness and offering a feeling of being in true African wilderness – unspoiled and uncrowded. A safari in Kahuzi-Biega National Park is special and will reward visitors who are courageous to visit with amazing landscape and the Africa of our dreams. Kahuzi Biega is one of the two natural habitats to <a href="https://www.silverbackgorillatours.com/eastern-lowland-and-grauers-gorillas">Eastern lowland gorillas</a>. The other population is found in Maiko National Park which is also in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are about 4,800 Eastern lowland gorillas remaining in the wild. Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the <a href="https://www.silverbackgorillatours.com/gorilla/species-and-types-of-gorillas">gorilla sub-species</a> and the closest in appearance to mountain gorillas. Tracking eastern lowland gorillas generally takes a shorter time – lasting between 1 to 4 hours. There are 4 habituated gorilla groups within Kahuzi Biega National Park with one very close to the park offices itself. Two of the groups tend to move deeper into the forest or highlands especially during the dry season to look for food. This 3 Days Eastern Lowland gorilla tour usually starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda but it can also start from Kisoro in Uganda. If coming from Kigali, you will cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Cyangugu border. Visitors coming from Uganda will enter Congo through the Bunagana border. The package assumes that you will depart through Kigali international airport. Security while on a safari in Kahuzi Biega is excellent and there have been no incidences involving tourists like it is with <a href="https://www.silverbackgorillatours.com/congo/virunga-national-park">Virunga National Park</a>. It is possible to combine gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega and Virunga National Park to see mountain gorillas or <a href="https://www.silverbackgorillatours.com/mount-nyiragongo-volcano-hike-tour">hike mount Nyiragongo</a>.
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