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DR Congo Tours take will take you to a once isolated country with no tourism at all. This has changed dramaticaly over the last few years with publicity for the Virunga N.P. and other areas in this vast Central African country. Laba Africa Expeditions offers DR Congo Tours to this mysterious country. The world’s largest Gorilla’s, the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega N.P, relaxing on Tchegera island in Lake Kivu or tracking the endangered mountain Gorillas in the oldest national park in Africa. Our DR Congo Tours has it all and We will organize everything for your and take you to a once in a life time tour.

4 Days Congo Tour, Virunga & Nyiragongo

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5 day Rwanda and Congo

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General

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa. The Republic is often dubbed the “Heart of Africa” ​​by its geographic location. After independence, the country was temporarily renamed Zaire before becoming the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997. The country is often referred to as Congo or Congo-Kinshasa. In the second largest rainforest in the world, which is located in the north of the Congo, there are the rarest primate species, such as bonobos and lowland gorillas, or endemic species such as the okapi.

Geography

With its 2,345,409 km², the Democratic Republic of the Congo is roughly half the total area of ​​the EU countries. With this enormous area, the country lies between 5 ° 30 ‘north and 13 ° 5’ south latitude and 12 ° 15 ‘and 31 ° 15’ east longitude. The Republic is located in Central Africa and is one of the largest countries in Africa. The Congo borders the Central African Republic and Sudan in the north, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the east, Zambia and Angola in the south, and the Republic of Congo in the west. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a small access to the Atlantic Ocean, which is formed by a 40 km long coastal strip. The country can be divided into 4 regions: in the west there is fertile soil and therefore a lot of farmland, which is ordered with subsistence farming. In the northern Congo Basin, which covers 60 percent of the country, you can find the second largest rainforest in the world. The Kivu region in the east, which is named after Lake Kivu, is known for volcanoes and lakes. Our DR Congo Tours will take you to the two active volcanoes here, Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo. The latter has the world’s largest lava lake. A multitude of minerals such as coltan or cobalt are found in the southeastern region around Katanga.

Climate

Despite the proximity to the equator, the climate in Rwanda is rather mild and one speaks of a tropical highland climate. The temperatures are usually between pleasant 19 ° C and 25 ° C. In some parts of the country it can cool down significantly at night due to the high altitude. In the west of the country, at Lake Kivu, it is mild and temperate, cool in the highlands, sometimes with relatively high humidity. The average temperature in the highlands is around 19 ° C. It is usually warmer in the east. There are two dry periods and two rainy seasons. A short dry spell extends from December to January, with average temperatures in Kigali of around 20.3 ° C. The great rainy season is from February to May. During the great dry season, which lasts from June to mid-September, Kigali is around 20.5 ° C warm. In the little rainy season.

Safety

Due to the unstable political situation in the country, the republic is considered a less safe travel destination in contrast to some neighboring countries. That’s why our DR Congo Tours are only on reservation and with prior checking of the current security situation. The eastern regions are often less secure than other parts of the country due to the high mineral density and disputes over influence. In larger cities, beware of pickpockets and behave discreetly.

 

Society & Politics

Around 68 million people live in the Congo, which makes the country one of the most populated in Africa. Around 7 million live in the capital, Kinshasa. Half of the population is Catholic, 20 percent Protestant and 10 percent Kimbanguists. Another 10 percent are Muslims and there are also followers of traditional religions. This large country logically has an enormous number of different ethnic groups. About 80 percent of the over 250 groups are from the Bantu super group. The main sub-groups here are the Mongo, Luba, Mangbetu-Azande and the Bakongo. French is the official language of the country and more Francophone people live here than in France. The four official national languages ​​are Lingála, which is spoken in Kinshasa and along the Congo River, Kikongo, which occurs in the west to the coast, Tschiluba in the central regions and a Congolese variant of Swahili, which is largely understood in the east of the country. The country is ruled by Joseph Kabila, but the sovereignty of the state in the east of the country is no longer respected and the state is therefore often considered to have failed. This also explains the 156th place in the Transparency International Corruption Index (as of 2016). Overall, due to the size and past of the country, the standard of living is less good and in the Human Development Index the Republic is one of the last places, the 176th out of 188 (as of 2016). however, the sovereignty of the state in the east of the country is no longer respected and the state is therefore often considered to have failed. This also explains the 156th place in the Transparency International Corruption Index (as of 2016). Overall, due to the size and past of the country, the standard of living is less good and in the Human Development Index the Republic is one of the last places, the 176th of 188 (as of 2016). however, the sovereignty of the state in the east of the country is no longer respected and the state is therefore often regarded as a failure. This also explains the 156th place in the Transparency International Corruption Index (as of 2016). Overall, due to the size and past of the country, the standard of living is less good and in the Human Development Index the Republic is one of the last places, the 176th out of 188 (as of 2016).

Infrastructure

The Congo road network is only marginally developed and only about two percent of the roads are paved. This is mainly due to the fact that the heavy rains in the Congo Basin make the conditions for road or rail construction difficult. Waterways are therefore preferred throughout the country. Since navigable rivers run through two thirds of the country, this facilitates the connection between the cities. The electricity and water supply, like the road network, is worse. Only about ten percent of the population has access to electricity and water. A telephone or mobile network is usually only available in larger cities and it does not always work reliably there either.

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