Congo National Parks – Gorilla Safari Tours, Wildlife Safaris & Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Tours in Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.
Welcome to the Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo – Kinshasa, East Congo, or simply the Congo, is the southern most country located in Central Africa. It is some times referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997.
Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence under the Belgium rulers in 1960. After its independence it became known as the Republic of Zaire between 1960 until 1997. Today this country is known as the Democratic Republic of Congo and after combined effort of the government and international communities the country has become stable in some regions like the Goma and Bukavu side and here a lot of world tourists visit for mountain and lowland gorilla safaris and Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Tours in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park respectively.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in central sub – Saharan Africa, bordered by (clockwise from the southwest) Angola, the South Atlantic Ocean, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania across Lake Tanganyika, and Zambia.
The Democratic Republic of Congo capital and largest city is Kinshasa 4°19′S 15 and recognized national languages and Lingala and Kiko and the official language is French and the calling code: +243.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is visited for the mountain and lowland gorillas, Mountain Nyiragongo Trek and among the Congo safari parks are as below:
- Virunga National Park
- Garamba National Park
- Lumami National Park
- Kahuzi Biega National Park
- Maiko National Park
- Mangroves National Park
- Salonga National Park
- Kundelungu National Park
- Upemba National Park
- Okapi Wildlife Reserve
While on your safari in Congo do not miss to visit some of the best unique destinations for your holiday after Congo hiking adventures. These amazing places includes the all exclusive beaches and resorts and wildlife sanctuaries in and near the parks. Among these include the Senkwekwe, Lwiro, Lake Kivu, Tchegera, Idjwi Island among others.
- Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Sanctuary
- Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Lake Kivu
- Tchegera Islands
- Idjwi Islands
Democratic Republic of Congo can be easily accessed as there is several airlines that fly into the capital of the country and for those traveling to the Goma province book your affordable ticket with the “Ethiopian Airline” that fly into the region to Goma Airport. Then upon arrival at the airport then your local tour operator will pick you and take you your hotel/lodge for an overnight stay. But all that through your local tour operator arrange for the Congo Tourist Visa and some of the basics to acquire this Visa pay your gorilla permit and the Nyiragongo trek permit in time and then your 01 week tourist visa will be issued to you.
Still travelers to Democratic Republic of Congo from the neighbouring countries access the country via several borders and do not forget to apply for your tourist visa and the Yellow Fever Card is must to enter. If you are from Rwanda you can enter the country via the Gisenyi – Goma border and that is when you are visiting the Virunga but if you are visiting the Kahuzi Biega you enter via Bukavu border. From Uganda you access the country via the Kisoro – Bunagana border.