Positioned to the Central of Africa, the Congo Tours & Safaris are among the most authentic African explorations that one can ever undertake majorly because of her less exploited virgin wilderness. Democratic Republic of Congo has passed through a series of naming including Belgian Congo from 1908 to 1960 and Zaire from 1971 to 1997. The destination borders a range of African countries including Central African Republic and South Sudan in the north, Republic of the Congo to the North West, Atlantic Ocean to the west, Angola to the south west, Zambia to the south, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda to the east providing for East Africa combined safaris.
Standing as the second largest African country and as the world’s eleventh largest nation, Congo is endowed with a population of 79millon people ranking as the 4th most populated nation on the continent of Africa and 19th on a world scale. The main capital is in Kinshasha but the country features other major cities and towns including Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, Kisangani, Bukavu, Tshikapa, Kolwezi, Likasi, Goma, Kikwit, Uvira, Bunia, Mbandaka and Matadi most of which form the starting and ending points of safaris in Congo.
Democratic Republic of Congo can be well described without mentioning its abundant natural resource availability. Besides the mineral rich areas like Katanga, Congo has got a considerable place in the biodiversity world on the African continent. The destination stands as the only habitat in Africa where the three of the Great Apes are known to be thriving forming a rich background for Congo tours. Ranging from the critically endangered Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park to the population of Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Congo Gorilla Safaris are beyond the ordinary. Besides the Mountain and Eastern low land gorillas, Congo features a population of Eastern Chimpanzees in both Virunga (Tongo hills) and Kahuzi Biega National Park.
The unique Okapi Species which resemble Zebra but more inclined to Giraffes can only be explored in Congo on a world scale. This comes with a wide range of animal populations including African Buffalo, African elephant, African Civet, African golden cat, African leopard, African golden wolf, African manatee, African palm civet, African rock python, Banded Mongoose, Black Mamba, Blue duiker, Bohor reedbuck, Bongo, Bonobo, Eastern Chimpanzees, Common Eland, Congo lion, Eastern lowland gorilla, Giant Eland, Grant’s Zebra, Kordofan Giraffe among other species all of which combine to make Congo Safaris memorable.
The Congo’s physical geography is amazing. River Congo stretching to 4,700km is the Africa’s second longest River after River Nile and the 9th in the world. In terms of size, the River is second to Amazon on world scale in discharge while in depth, it the deepest river in the world at 220m. Besides River Congo, the destination Congo features a chain of Volcanic Mountains to its Eastern border with Uganda and Rwanda among which include; two active Volcanoes namely Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira. Nyiragongo Mountain Climbing Safaris is a popular site for travellers on Congo tours as they flock it to explore its world’s largest and violent lava lake while Nyamulagira is noted to be the most active volcano in Africa having erupted over 40 times since 1980s. The glacial peaks of Rwenzori Mountains – the third highest in Africa and the dense equatorial bulge affirm the richness of the Congo’s physical geography and its significance to the Congo Safari undertakers.
Kahuzi Biega National Park is a re-known UNESCO world heritage site featuring the concentration of eastern lowland gorilla subspecies scientifically known as Gorilla berengei graueri. Covering a geographical spread of 6,000km2, Kahuzi Biega is positioned in South Kivu Province to the west of Albertine rift featuring an elevation of 700 to 3,300m.
The 10% of the park landscape is composed of high Mountains featuring extinct Volcanoes including Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega from the park is named.
The formation to Kahuzi Biega National Park emanates from the establishment of a Zoological Reserve in 1937 on Mount Kahuzi with the aim of protecting the eastern low land gorillas by the Belgian colonial government.
Virunga National Park located in the Eastern direction of Democratic Republic of Congo at the border of Uganda is a worldly known World Heritage site as declared by United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) which is not only the Africa’s oldest park but also the most biologically diverse of all protected areas on the continent of Africa.Covering a geographical landscape of 7800km2 about 3000 square miles, the Virunga National Park features extensive savannah, dense forest jungle, erosion valleys, lava plains, active volcanoes and Mountain Rwenzori with its glaciers as viewed in safaris and tours in Congo
CHIMPS, LOWLAND AND MOUNTAIN GORILLA'S!
From $ 4450 pp
For those who want to make it to all the best highlights of Uganda, Rwanda and the mysterious Democratic Republic of Congo. You will track Chimpanzees, Lowland Gorillas and Mountain Gorillas. Climbing the Nyiragongo volcano that only a few people have done before you. This is the ultimate tour for adventurers! READ MORE
Lowland, mountain gorilla's & Chimps
Climb the Nyiragongo volcano
English speaking tourleader during your tour.
EASTERN LOWLAND & MOUNTAIN GORILLAS!
From $ 3350 pp
For adventurous people who want a complete tour in Eastern DR Congo. Track both lowland and the Mountain Gorilla's in Kahuzi-Biega N.P. and Virunga N.P, climb the Nyiragongo volcano and see the large lava lake at the crater and end with a relaxing stay at Tchegera island in Lake Kivu. READ MORE
Climb the active Nyiragongo volcano
Lowland & Mountain Gorilla permit included!