Democratic Republic of Congo
Top 10 Destinations in Democratic Republic of Congo
Come and explore the hidden wonders of Democratic Republic of Congo and be mesmerized
Formally known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC or simply Congo, the country is the second largest in the African continent that is bordered by Angola, Rwanda, CAR, South Sudan, Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. Congo is enormously wealthy in natural resources, surrounded by abundant wildlife and naturally beautiful rainforests and greenery. Its natural wonders make this one of the must-see travel destinations in Africa.
Here are some of the top destinations in the country:
Lola ya Bonobo
Found south of the Kimwenza suburbs in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lola ya Bonobo is the only sanctuary in the world that accommodates orphaned Bonobos. This destination was established by Claudine Andre in 1994, and in 2012, the sanctuary is nursing 60 Bonobos inside the 30 hectare forest. Lola ya Bonobo not only promote welfare for Bonobos, but it educates locals and tourists on how to care for these animals.
Zongo Falls, which is situated in the Bas-Congo near the nation’s capital Kinshasa, is an amazing work of nature that will truly captivate the hearts of its audience. This destination is a perfect encounter with nature as tourists can plunge into the waters below the falls or a good hike along the swathed greenery. Zongo Falls is definitely one of Congo’s most recommended places to visit.
Kinshasa, which is Africa’s third largest urban area following Cairo and Lagos, is the capital and largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This destination is perched along the Congo River and is one of the must-try renting a boat to cruise along the river. Kinshasa is also known for restored structures such as government structures and some museums and galleries.
Virunga National Park
Previously named as the Albert National Park and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 3000 square miles Virunga National Park is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its enormous biological diversity makes it home to various species of wildlife such as reptiles, birds and mammals. Virunga National Park is home to the declared critically endangered mountain gorillas, plus there are also cheetahs, okapis, giraffes, forest elephants and even lowland gorillas that can be found here.
Salonga National Park
Located in the Congo River basin and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, Salonga National Park is the largest national rainforest park across African nations. This destination is home to various wildlife species like primates, forest elephants, crocodiles, hippos, okapi, and buffalos. Salonga National Park is found in the most remote portion of Congo, and it can only be accessible either via air or water.
Kisantu Botanical Gardens
Considered as one of the oldest and abundant botanical garden in Congo, Kisantu Botanical Gardens is situated in Bas Congo province near the capital city Kinshasa. This destination offers a relaxing and comforting ambiance, which can be ideal for family picnic and bonding. Kisantu Botanical Gardens is the sanctuary of more than 3000 species of plants like different kinds of orchids.
Running between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo covering around 2700 square kilometers, Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes along with Lake Tanganyika and many others. This destination is included in the top 20 deepest lakes in the world. There are some species of crabs and fishes that can be found in Lake Kivu, but it is not as wealthy as the other lakes when it comes to aquatic life.
Kahuzi Biega National Park
Covering an area of 6000 square kilometers found in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kahuzi Biega National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country. This destination is abundant in both flora and fauna as there are more than 1000 species of plants and more or less 500 various species of animals. Kahuzi Biega National Park is known for their welfare of the eastern lowland gorillas and other wildlife animals like primates, buffalos, and bush elephants.
Holding several world records such as the second largest river next to Amazon, the deepest river with 220 meters depth and the ninth longest river, Congo River has built a solid reputation. This destination is the most accessible river in Africa, which makes it the major transport point in Central Africa. Congo River is one of the most famous rivers in the world that is surrounded by several power plants.
Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Sharing borders with Uganda and Sudan that situated north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Okapi Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the country. This destination is home to Okapi, where its name was taken, and several primate species. Okapi Wildlife Reserve offers great scenery of luscious greenery and is ideal as camping site.