Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last Updated: 21 January 2018
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been deeply troubled for more than fifty years. Today it is occupied by a large UN peacekeeping force so it is possible to safely visit some areas of the country. Its capital city, Kinshasa, is the second biggest French speaking city in the world.

The Congo River and the rain forest surrounding it are second in size only to the Amazon. With one thousand five hundred indigenous animal species, the DRC is one of earth’s most bio-diverse areas on earth.

Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest park, is home to a quarter of the world’s mountain gorillas. The Congolese forests have one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world, including the rare Bonobo. It is safe to visit this park and trackers protect and assist hikers on trips to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the east is an active volcano with a crater that glows in the dark. Climb through tropical forests past steaming geysers, climbing to the top where you can camp next to the bubbling crater of the largest lava lake in the world.

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