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Nyiragongo molten lava, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

The DRC is a country of vast jungles and dark corners, endangered primates and tribal strongholds, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes.

They say that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 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 and home to nearly 300 different languages and tribes, the DRC is a country of vast jungles and dark corners, endangered primates and tribal strongholds, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes. It is easy to see the appeal.

Nyiragongo molten lava, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Acacia Tree, D.R.Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Ideas for a Democratic Republic of Congo Safari

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kahuzi-Biega, home to Grauer’s gorillas, as well as a wealth of bird and animal life
  • Take a helicopter safari over the Virunga Mountains, spending time on active volcanoes
  • Head north, into Virunga National Park’s savannah grasslands and stay at Lulimbi Camp, beside the Ishasha River
  • Visit Idjwi Island, located in the centre of Lake Kivu and untouched by conflict but isolated from the outside world
  • Meet the park’s anti-poaching bloodhounds and go chimp trekking from the beautiful Mikeno Lodge.
Bonobo with Stick, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bonobo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Discover extraordinary in the DRC

  • Visit Kinshasa’s Ethnographic Museum, which includes the original boat that Stanley used to travel down the nearby rapids
  • Head to Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for orphaned bonobos – indigenous to the DRC
  • Set off deep into the DRC’s interior, heading to the Lomako Reserve in search of wild troops of bonobos

Explore Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Kahuzi Biega National Park
  • Virunga National Park

Experiences

Track Forest Elephants

Walk the forest trails in search of the (very) elusive forest elephants and bongo.

Climb Kahuzi-Biega’s Peaks

Climb the summits of Mount Bugulumiza or Mount Biega for spectacular views of the park.

Trek in Search of Grauer’s Gorillas

Go gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park, home to habituated Grauer’s gorillas.

Birding in Kahuzi-Biega

Discover Kahuzi-Biega’s 200 resident bird species, including the Congo peacock and Rwenzori turaco.

Explore Virunga’s Savannah

Head north, into Virunga National Park’s savannah grasslands and stay at Lulimbi Camp, beside the Ishasha River.

Gorilla Sanctuary

Visit Senkwekwe – the only orphan mountain gorilla sanctuary in the world.

Anti-Poaching Demonstration

Meet the park’s anti-poaching bloodhounds and witness a demonstration fo their abilities.

Helicopter Safari

Take a helicopter safari over the Virunga Mountains, spending time on active volcanoes.

Track Mountain Gorillas

Go in search of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains.

Relax Beside Lake Kivu

Have some downtime amidst crumbling colonial mansions beside the shores of Lake Kivu.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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Frequently asked questions about Democratic Republic of Congo

Where can I see gorillas in DRC?

You can trek in search of habituated gorilla families in two places in DRC, Virunga National Park and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The former is home to mountain gorillas, whilst the latter safeguards one of the last remaining populations of Grauer’s gorillas.

Can Steppes arrange trips to areas outside of eastern DRC?

Unfortunately not. Currently, we only offer trips to Virunga National Park, Lake Kivu and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Although tourism is still underdeveloped in these areas, facilities do exist. In the rest of the country, the logistical challenges are simply too great for us to arrange trips.

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