Planning a safari in Congo? When it comes to safaris to Africa, most visitors think of South Africa but a visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rewards travel endeavors with lifetime experiences. DR Congo straddles within western central side of Africa and bordered by many countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, Zambia, Sudan, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi and others. It lies suitably along the equator with two thirds of it lying below equator and the southern side of the equator is characterized by wet season that lasts from October to May and the northern part from April to November. The following are some of the incredible things for you to do and see in Congo.
Besides, Rwanda and Uganda, the DRC also featured as one of the best areas where you can catch a glimpse at the rare mountain gorillas while in their natural habitat. To see these fascinating creatures, you can pay a visit to the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This forested protected area was established in 1925 by King Albert 1 of Belgium making it the first national park in Africa largely to off refuge to mountain gorillas. To track these critically endangered apes in DRC, you need $400 for you to secure a permit and you can book one through a ground tour operator or through park authority.
Besides wildlife, DRC also boasts of its most picturesque waterfalls and they include among others the Livingstone waterfalls-that comes with a succession of large rapids and cataracts on the lower course of the Congo River in western Equatorial Africa, downstream from Malebo Pool and it was named after explorer David Livingstone. The other stunning one is Boyoma falls that were formerly called the Stanley falls. It is composed of 7 cataracts each with not more than 5 meters high, expanding over 100 kilometers via a curve of the Lualaba River between River port town. Also, the 1000 meters portage railway bypasses a series of rapids linking Kisangani and Ubundu.
The Lola ya Bonobo
If you are interested in seeing the rare bonobos then the Lola ya Bonobo is the only sanctuary in the world for you to pay a visit. It is located south of the suburb of Kimwenza at the Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, Kinshasa in the DRC and founded in 1994 by Claudine Andre and it is a home to 60 orphaned bonobos.
DR Congo features a number of mountains but exploring its scenic Nyiragongo, Mikeno and Nyamuragira Volcanoes is remarkably the most breathtaking and thrilling experience. Nyamuragira on the other hand is one of the most active volcanoes in Africa and lies within Nord Kivu approximately 25 kilometers from Lake Kivu. Mount Nyiragongo and Mikeno equally are found within Virunga National Park. Nyiragongo features permanent Lava Lake which is the largest in the world and most powerful.
This lake is one of the great lakes and most scenic water bodies in Africa. It is the 10th largest inland island in the world-Idjwi island which is situated within this water Lake. There is also tshegera that is found within the border area of Virunga National Park. This lake currently has about 55 billion cubic meters of dissolved methane gas at a depth of about 300 meters. It is a home to various fish species like Clarias, Barbus, Haplochromis, Nile Tilapia, Tanganyika sardine, Limnothrissa miodon a mention but a few.
Cave exploration is one amazing experience one needs not to miss out while on safari in the DR Congo. You can visit the Dimba Cave that refuges the oldest remnants of human activity in Bas Lower Congo. It was inhabited in the 18000 BC or even earlier. There are also arte facts that date 2nd to 1st C. BC and this mark the shift from Stone Age to Iron Age. Matupi cave-Orientale, Mount Hoyo-this is significant archaeological monument which lies within Orientale, Mount Hoyo in Ituri rainforest. It consists of sediments that have recorded a sequence of human settlement that lasted for about 40000 years.
There are also some oldest microlithic tools in the world that were used as arrows and saws. At a time when these tools were made about 12000 years back, this area was savanna grassland. Thysville caves also known as Mbanza Ngungu caves Bas Congo a group of caves in Bas Congo that feature endemic blind fish caecabarbus geertsii boulenger dating from 1921 living in 7 of these caves. The fact that it is one of unexplored areas, perhaps there are a lot more endemic animals that live in here. Kakanda malachite caves straddle within Katanga popular to be lined with highly rare malachite stalactites and also feature rare malachite crystals of about 2 centimeters large.
Conclusively, the DR Congo is undoubtedly a wilderness paradise with variety of rare things that are available for you to explore while you are on safari in Africa. With the above listed things, you won’t be left out choice on which activity or attractions to enjoy in this magical country.