DR Congo

DR Congo Tours take will take you to a once-isolated country with no tourism at all. This has changed dramatically over the last few years with publicity for the Virunga N.P. Other areas in this vast Central African country. Laba Africa Expeditions offers DR Congo Tours to this mysterious country.

Currently, the world’s largest Gorilla’s. Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega N.P, relax on Tchegera island in Lake Kivu. Track the endangered mountain Gorillas in the oldest national park in Africa. Our DR Congo Tours have it all. We will organize everything for your and take you to a once in a lifetime tour.

Best Things To See In Congo

Kinshasa

Is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As well as one of the 11 provinces, is Kinshasa. Chaotic and buzzing with energy and really huge – with over ten million residents. Established by Henry Stanley in the late 19th century, as a trading post it’s now likened to an African New York City.  Enjoy a boat ride on the Congo river tour and dive into the super culture.

Loya Ya Bonobo

Take a Congo Tour to Lola Ya Bonobo is a sanctuary for orphaned bonobos and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dr Congo. A must-do when you come to tour Congo in the Kinshasa area. Bonobos are closely related to humans say, scientists. You can only find them in DR Congo and its something that you should not miss during your DR Congo Tour

Kahuzi Beiga National Park

Another must to see in DR Congo is Kahuzu Beiga National Park. In the South Kivu Province stretching from the Congo River basin to Bukavu. Kahuzi and Biega are extinct volcanoes that now afford some incredible hiking. Created in 1970 to protect the Eastern Lowland Gorillas and later a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our Congo Tours will take you here.

Nyiragongo Volcano

Congolese City of Goma is always red thanks to the world’s most active volcano. This Nyiragongo Congo Volcano has erupted in May 2021, destroying up to 25% of the surrounding land and leaving many homeless. Erupting 35 times in the last 130 years. Mt Nyiragongo has an active lava lake inside the crater which can sometimes be visited. The hike is now possible so it’s time to plan your congo tours  2022- 2023 Nyiragongo hike to see this world wonder.

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park Congo is located along the borders of Rwanda and Uganda. UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place for gorilla trekking in Congo. Country’s oldest national park, it’s also the most biologically diverse.  You’ll find lava plains, savannas, forests, valleys, active volcanoes, swamps, and even glacier peaks in the Rwenzori Mountains

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is shared between Rwanda and DR Congo and offers a relaxing vibe for the visitors. Many activities that you can do during your Congo tour on this lake Tons of banana and eucalyptus trees line the road and the locals will pause and wave as you pass by. Gisenyi is the largish town that was once a colonial beach resort and so has some nice old mansions and great places to stop for a day or two.

Okapi Wildlife Reserve

This should not miss on your Congo Tour, it has large variety of primates and exotic birds that call it home.  There are incredible opportunities for trekking to some even more incredible waterfalls within the reserve.
Landscapes along the Epulu and the Ituri rivers is simply stunning. Now calling the reserve home are the pygmy nomad tribes of the Efe and Mbuti hunters.  It’s a great place to see the endangered Okapi

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General

Notably the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa. For one thing this Republic is often dubbed the “Heart of Africa” ​​by its geographic location. Post independence, the country was temporarily renamed Zaire before becoming the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997.

Beyond this, the country is often referred to as Congo or Congo-Kinshasa. Within the second-largest rainforest in the world, which is located in the north of the Congo. In that place 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.

Itself is in Central Africa and is one of the largest countries in Africa. 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. Democratic Republic of the Congo has small access to the Atlantic Ocean, which is formed by a 40 km long coastal strip.

Therein the same way, the country division is into 4 regions: the west, with fertile soil hence lots of farmland, resulting into subsistence farming. Particular northern Congo Basin, which covers 60 per cent of the country, you can find the second-largest rainforest in the world.

Secondly, the Kivu region in the east, hails it’s name from Lake Kivu, is popular for volcanoes and lakes. Our DR Congo Tours will take you to the two active volcanoes here, Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo. Precedding has the world’s largest lava lake. A multitude of minerals such as coltan or cobalt is present 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.

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.

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 neighbouring countries. That’s why our DR Congo Tours are only on reservation and with prior checking of the current security situation.

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 per cent Protestant and 10 per cent Kimbanguists. Another 10 per cent are Muslims and there are also followers of traditional religions.

Large country logically has an enormous number of different ethnic groups. About 80 per cent of the over 250 groups are from the Bantu supergroup. 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. 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.

Leadership

Country is ruled by Joseph Kabila, but the sovereignty of the state in the east of the country is no longer under respect 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.

Equally important 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

In fact Congo’s road network is only marginally developed and only about two per cent 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 per cent 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.