The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the less known but very rewarding tourism destination in Africa. If seeing gorillas in their natural environment is on your bucketlist, DR Congo should be on top of your list! No any other destination offers travelers a chance to see three of the four gorilla species. Apart from the endangered gorillas, there is more to see and adventure activities to engage in while traveling DRC.
Top Things to See & Do
- Kinshasha City Tour
- Mountain Gorilla Tracking in the Virunga National Park
- Climb the Active Nyiragongo Mountains in Eastern Congo
- Go for Lowland Gorilla Trekking in the Kahuzi Biega National Park
- Relax at the Tchegera Islands or Lake Kivu Beaches
- Enjoy Game Viewing in Garamba National Park
- See the Okapis native to the Democratic Republic of Congio
Hidden Gems You Must Visit In Congo
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Africa, Congo is a country known as Democratic Republic of Congo though full of hidden travel gems that every traveler need to check out once in Africa. It has caught many eyes of travelers and I believe it will impress you as well. Check out some of the hidden gems in Congo that you should explore on any Congo safari holiday and it will change your life like never before. Some of them already made it to UNESCO World Heritage List due to their beauty and nature.
Virunga National Park- one of the most natural parks in the world and a home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Its unique diversity of primates and unbelievable views attracts those seeking for Classic gorilla trekking holidays in the middle of nature and wilderness. The forest is great for nature walks and hikes especially if you wish to explore the conserved land of mountain gorillas. The gorillas are easy to find, chimpanzees a reason you should give it a try. Hard to believe but over 700 bird species live here,480 mountain gorillas, more than 200 mammals and more interestingly the semuliki river flows out of lake Edward with the Rwenzori mountains shinning in a close distance. Find the quietest wild ambience you have always looked for by visiting Virunga national park on a Congo gorilla trekking tour that will enable you explore the natural forest to your best.
Nyirangongo Volcanoes – Often a priority for most tourists to Africa on different vacation holidays. Beautiful and rare to find, Nyiragongo volcanoes is a must visit in Congo no matter what because looking at the lave lake and its dazzling magma will give you a reason to smile all life. It’s a place to experience the extraordinary active volcanoes in the entire world. Trekking the hottest mountaineering destination in central Africa that last erupted in 2002 and its said to explode again according to researchers is like enjoying paradise on earth. Standing on the edge of the gigantic volcanonic crater and staring at the red hot bubbling lava lake is something you have to capture on your camera and video and keep it for generations. Make it one of your travel highlights on any trip to Congo, Rwanda and Uganda since all the three countries share borders. A mere Hike to Nyiragongo Volcanoes will make you became a story teller despite the nature of your personality.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park- A huge area of prime tropical forest dominated by two stunning extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, which made the park to be named after them. The park is open and safe for tourists interested in seeing low land gorillas and easy access is by road from Rwanda. One of the last groups of the eastern low land gorillas reside here consisting around 250 members. Despite the park challenges of poaching and hunting of bush meat, the park management has done its best to conserve the low land gorillas with several ready habituated gorilla groups for trackers daily. Find this park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo near Bakuvu town and near the western bank of Lake Kivu and Rwanda Border.