Congo Safaris and Tours are among the best authentic adventure Africa Safari explorations that would leave any traveller is a state of amazement. Located in Central Africa, the dense jungle of Democratic Republic of Congo has been less traversed due to limited infrastructure and political instability which has in turn kept her amazing wilderness intact.
The present day Democratic Republic of Congo has had a range of names in the past including Zaire (1971 – 1997) and Belgian Congo (1908 – 1960). It borders a range of other Africa safari tour destinations that can be explored as an extension of the Congo Safaris. These include; Republic of the Congo to the North West, Central African Republic and South Sudan in the north, Atlantic Ocean to the west, Zambia to the south, Angola to the south west, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda to the East.
Congo is a vast nation ranking as number two (2) in terms of size on the whole of African continent and as number eleven (11) in the entire world blessed with a population of 79million people making it the 4th most populated country in Africa and 19th on the global scale. Kinshasha is the Congo’s capital city but the destination features other major cities and towns including; Mbuji – Mayi, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Kananga, Tshikapa, Kolwezi, Bukavu, Goma, Uvira, Likasi, Bunia, Kikwit, Matadi and Mbandaka most of which form the start and end points of Safaris and tours in Congo.
Democratic Republic of Congo has unmatchable bio-diversity and unique physical landscapes which makes it a no ordinary destination. Talk of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park, Eastern Low land Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Bonobos and Eastern Chimpanzees, Congo stands as the single destination in the world where such Great Apes can be found altogether.
Besides the Great Apes, Congo has other unique wildlife species including the endemic Okapi species limited in range to Democratic Republic of Congo on a world scale, African elephant, African Buffalo, African Civet, African leopard, African golden cat, African golden wolf, African palm civet, African manatee, African rock python, Black Mamba, Banded Mongoose, Blue duiker, Bongo, Bohor reedbuck, Common Eland, Kordofan Giraffe, Giant Eland, Grant’s Zebra and Congo lion among other species all of which combine to make wildlife safaris in Congo Africa above the ordinary.
Besides biodiversity, Democratic Republic of Congo is also blessed with amazing physical geography including the 4,700km Congo River – Africa’s second longest and the 9th longest in the world. The mighty Congo River is noted to be only second to Amazon in terms of River discharge and amazingly the world’s deepest River at 220m. Apart from River Congo, the destination Congo also features great Mountains including; Mount Nyiragongo with the world’s largest and most violent lava lake, Mount Nyamulagira which is the most active volcano in Africa, Mount Mikeno, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Sabyinyo which together comprise the Virunga massif and the snow capped Rwenzori Mountains – the Africa’s third highest.
The dense tropical jungle of Democratic Republic of Congo is only second to Amazon in the world and supports one of the indigenous tribes of Africa – the Mbuti Pygmies that are still living a hunter gather culture offering a perfect off the beaten track for those seeking the most authentic experience on their Congo Safari tours.