Congo Safari Guide

We present an updated Safari guide of congo about Gorilla trekking, Population, National Parks, Currency, Wildlife Adventure, Hotels & lodges, Cultural Safaris, Birding tours to Ituri forest in congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo also known as DR Congo, simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa. The DRC borders the Central African Republic, and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Republic of the Congo to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.

Democratic republic of congo is Straddling the Equator, the mighty Congo River flows north and then south through a land rich in minerals, fertile farmlands, and rain forests. The country has a tiny coast on the Atlantic Ocean, just enough to accommodate the mouth of the Congo River. The forested Congo River basin occupies 60 percent of the nation’s area, creating a central region that is a communication barrier between the capital, Kinshasa, in the west, the mountainous east, and the southern mineral-rich highlands.

It is the second-largest country in Africa by area and eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 80 million,  the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth most-populated nation in Africa and the eighteenth most populated country in the world.

Democratic republic of congo is still a virgin adventure destination in Africa with over 10 National parks known for cultural trips & primates watching safaris , birding adventures & Gorilla Trekking adventures in Virunga, kahuzi Biega & maiko national Parks for Mountain gorillas & Eastern Lowland gorillas.

Mountain Gorilla trekking is done in Virunga National Park, the oldest national park in Africa is the Congo’s,  It is home to rare mountain gorillas, lions, and elephants and two most active volcanoes of Nyiragongo Volcano,Nyamuragira Volcano but one is open for Climbing & Hiking which is Mount Nyiragongo, all the safari activities in Virunga will require you to secure either a Gorilla Permit or Nyiragongo Hiking permit.

Congo Culture:

Some historians think that Bantu peoples began settling in the extreme northwest of Central Africa at the beginning of the 5th century and then gradually started to expand southward. Their propagation was accelerated by the transition from Stone Age to Iron Age techniques.

Over 200 ethnic groups populate the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of which the majority are Bantu peoples. Together, Mongo, Luba and Kongo peoples (Bantu) and Mangbetu-Azande peoples constitute around 45% of the population. The Kongo people are the largest ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As many as 250 ethnic groups have been identified and named. The most numerous people are the Kongo, Luba, and Mongo. About 600,000 Pygmies are the aboriginal people of the DR Congo.  Although several hundred local languages and dialects are spoken, the linguistic variety is bridged both by widespread use of French and the national intermediary languages Kituba, Tshiluba, Swahili, and Lingala.

The people living in the south and southwest were mostly San Bushmen and hunter-gatherer groups, whose technology involved only minimal use of metal technologies. The development of metal tools during this time period revolutionized agriculture and animal husbandry. This led to the displacement of the hunter-gatherer groups in the east and southeast.

The people of the DRC represent over 200 ethnic groups, with nearly 250 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country and travelers seeking to understand the true culture of Congolese you need to plan a trip to the great ituri forest.

The culture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reflects the diversity of its hundreds of ethnic groups and their differing ways of life throughout the country  from the mouth of the River Congo on the coast, upriver through the rain forest and savanna in its centre, to the more densely populated mountains in the far east.

Flora and fauna

The rain forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo contain great biodiversity, including many rare and endemic species, such as the common chimpanzee and the bonobo, the African forest elephant, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino. Five of the country’s national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites: the Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga and Virunga National Parks, and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most bio diverse African country.

Conservationists have particularly worried about primates in these regions due the increased number of civil wars in the country for the past years. The Congo is inhabited by several great ape species: the  chimpanzee , the bonobo, the eastern gorilla, and possibly the western gorilla.

It is the only country in the world in which bonobos are found in the wild. Much concern has been raised about great ape extinction. Because of hunting and habitat destruction, the chimpanzee, the bonobo and the gorilla, each of whose populations once numbered in the millions, have now down sized to only about 200,000 gorillas, 100,000  chimpanzees and possibly only about 10,000 bonobos. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos are all classified as endangered by the World Conservation Union, as well as the okapi, which is also native to the area.

Congo Safaris Holidays

What places are calling your name for an adventure holiday to Congo ? Whatever your mood, Maiko National Park has a recommendations for you from the romantic hills on Primates  to the perfect beach on River congo

  • Virunga National Park
  • Kahuzi Biega National Park
  • Upemba National Park
  • Mount Nyiragongo Climbing
  • River Congo