Congo Safaris : Congo is known as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which is the Africa’s second-largest country. Congo safaris offers one of the most adventurous experiences in one of Africa’s most undiscovered safari destinations. The main activity in this country is mountain gorilla trekking. The Congo gorilla trekking experience is still raw and interesting. Congo has got Congo rain forest is the second largest supplier of oxygen to the planet after the Amazon Forest in Brazil. The long political instability has been the major scare for the tourists for quite a long period of time. Not all Congo national parks are safe to visit. Few of them like Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park are safe and open for tourism. The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world, with tropical rainforests in Africa covering more than 100 million hectares. Congo has got the Congo Nile River which is the second largest river in the world.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO FOR CONGO SAFARI?
To find the mineral wealth of Congo that is the country is a significant industrial diamonds, cobalt, copper reserves, as well as one of Africa’s greatest forest reserves and over half of the continent’s hydroelectric potential. Tourism attractions is the main motivation to the tourists in the country. Congo is the only country with the three subspecies of the gorillas.
Congo has got the gorillas which are always trekked in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park, these parks favors the guests and opens for gorilla safaris in Congo. Congo is the only place in East Africa where you can find the all the three subspecies of gorillas; that is the endemic eastern lowland gorilla, the lowland gorilla and the endangered mountain gorilla where they are found in the Congo Basin. The Congo basin forests contain the highest concentration of mammals like forest elephants, birds, primates, amphibians, swallowtail butterflies and fish in Africa. Congo has got the African big five like (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard).
Nouabale-Ndoki national park is another of the Congo’s highlights, but during your wildlife safari you can encounter lowland gorillas, monkeys, elephants, and Grimm’s duiker, spotted hyenas, lions, buffalos, bongos, leopards and other forest mammal species.
Hiking safaris are always arranged in Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park which is (11,380 ft.) is one remarkable hiking safari that all the past travelers have lived to talk about, as the summit is exciting enough on top of it, with the views of the red hot magma biling from the world’s largest lava lake. The hiking safari takes 5 hours with one stopover to rest until you reach the summit which is the topping to the cake.
Congo is a birding haven for the tourists who love birds, with 1192 bird species, 21 endemic, has been introduced by humans, and one the secret is the Congo Basin which always have over a thousand species of birds. As well birding in Virunga national park is among the most birding destination in the world, the tourist who love birding should not miss the chance to visit and spot the various species of birds, as can use items like he binoculars, telescopes, or at times the naked eyes to spot their attributes and differences while enjoying the natural habitat.
Congo is made up more than 200 tribes, the tourists always enjoy the cultural experiences with the tribes like the Mbuti Pygmies, these pygmies still live like they used to over 10,00 years ago, if you stay with the Mbuti pygmies for a week and you will go back home with amazing stories to tell your friends.
ATTRACTIONS IN CONGO.
Democratic republic of Congo has a quite number of attractions from the Africa’s big 5 animals to birds then to reptiles, the country also offers cultural experiences especially the Mbuti Pygmies, Museums and Historical buildings in Kinshasa, The Congo River, Congolese Music, Congolese food, Kisangani, Idjwi Island, Mount Nyiragongo, Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage, Mount Nyamuragira,Lukaya River, Zongo falls, Boyoma falls, Lola Ya Bonobo, Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve, Symphonies Naturelles, Okapia Wildlife Reserve, Salongo National Park, Jardin Botanique de Kisantu, Cave exploration, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Valle de la Lufira, Maiko National Park, Livingstone waterfalls, Boyoma waterfalls, and many more attractions.
ACTIVITES IN CONGO.
Congo offers the following safaris to the tourists who come to visit the country as they include chimpanzee and gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park, Boat safaris especially in Lekoli River while observing various primates, Natural swimming, Night safaris or night game drive while observing the nocturnal animals like golden cats, spotted hyenas, exploration of the rainforest, walking safaris and many more.
ACCOMODATIONS IN CONGO.
Democratic Republic of Congo has got the most reliable, comfortable accommodation facilities for the guests during their visit in Congo in that some accommodation facilities are situated inside parks while others outside the parks, as they are categorized into the Budget, Mid-range and the Luxuries, with campsites that are also grouped into special campsite and public campsite such as Mikeno lodge, Lulimbi tented camp, Tchegera island tented camp, Goma Serena Hotel and many more.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CONGO.
The long dry season, which runs from May to September, is the best time to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, with July being the driest month, followed by June. During these months, the temperatures also dips slightly. In January and February, the dry season is shorter. But don’t expect sunshine and a blue sky; the Congo, like much of central Africa, is often cloudy and humid. The Virunga and Nyiragongo volcanoes ’higher elevations will provide a welcome reprieve from the oppressive heat.