Baby gorilla, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Holiday

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.

Explore the Highlights of the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Trek for endangered mountain gorillas on forested volcanic slopes
  • Climb Mount Nyiragongo and sleep above the spluttering lava lake
  • Stay on idyllic Tchegera Island, a sunken caldera in Lake Kivu
  • Search for Grauer's gorillas, the largest subspecies
  • Climb Mount Kahuzi for spectacular views of the park
  • Visit the Lwiro Sanctuary, home to rescued chimps and monkeys

Some 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

Beyond the ordinary

  • 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

Our Democratic Republic of Congo Expertise

Over the years that Chris has been visiting the DRC, 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 and taken high tea with the UN forces head of operations. Few know the DRC like Chris and he always relishes the chance to share its magic with others.

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