They say that the Democratic Republic of Congo is the country around which all other African countries revolve and that you can only know Africa if you know the DRC. Two thirds of the size of Western Europe with only 300 miles of paved road, nearly 300 different languages and tribes, the DRC is a country of vast jungles and dark corners, scattered outposts and tribal strongholds, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes - it is easy to see the appeal.
Why we like the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to incredible wildlife, including the eastern lowland gorillas (so important they appear on a 50,000 Zaire note) and the world’s rarest great apes (bonobos). For these two animals alone the DRC is worth a visit, but it also has a spirit of adventure that creates the biggest appeal. The riches and resources here are both a blessing and a curse and the country is not without complex and deep-rooted problems, but for many it represents the true heart of this fascinating continent and represents one of the last great unexplored regions of the world.
What to expect on your Democratic Republic of Congo Safari
An adventure, plenty of frustrations, magic (the people who later settled here were described in Herodotus’ Histories as a nation of sorcerers) and constant surprises. Exotic adventures and river safaris, mud huts and traditional villages, riches and squalor, prehistoric wildlife and dark forests, before ending up in cities that assault your senses. Whilst the country's tragic past is well documented and positive news from the area can sometimes seem hard to find, optimism is not in short supply and the warm welcome you will receive from people who have learnt to adapt to difficult conditions will help break down many preconceived ideas about this rich and fascinating part of Africa.
Some ideas for a Democratic Republic of Congo Safari
- Spend time in enjoying the buzz and chaos of the cultural Mecca that is Kinshasa.
- Visit the UNESCO wildlife park at Kahuzi Biega, home to eastern lowland gorillas.
- Enjoy helicopter safaris over the Virunga Mountains, spending time on active volcanoes.
- Explore the original heart of darkness, following the path of the mighty Congo river.
- Search for okapi, bonobos and the Congolese peacock in Salonga Park.
- Experience traditional Mbuti culture in the misty Ituri rainforest.
Beyond the ordinary
Whilst in Kinshasa visit the Ethnographic Museum which includes the original boat that Stanley used to travel down the nearby rapids, then head on to Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for orphaned bonobos, indigenous to the DRC.
Our Democratic Republic of Congo Expertise
Over the years that Chris has been visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo he has experienced the buzz of the cities and wild markets, explored remote national parks, come face to face with lowland gorillas, enjoyed a beer with pioneering conservationist Carlos Schuler, taken high tea with the UN forces head of operation, been asked to leave the country a couple of times, as well as trying to arrange a trip to see the bonobos in Salonga for as long as he can remember. In short, no one knows the DRC like Chris and he can use his expertise to put together your perfect trip to this fascinating country.