The wildlife in DR. Congo is unmatched. Because the country is home to some of the rare and unique animal species that include bonobos monkeys, okapis, eastern lowland and mountain gorillas, mores as well as the Congolese peafowl.
This country is naturally gifted with a variety of natural resources. With more than 15 different natural riches sighted in the country, the uranium that was used to fabricate the first atomic bombs came from D.R. Congo. Asides the uranium, other breath-taking riches like gold, oil, diamonds are found in different areas in the country.
D.R. Congo’s culture is fantastic and worth finding more about. The famous studied about Mbuti pygmies that have lived for over 10,000 years can be met with by those who visit the country. Visitors can choose a week’s stay with these pygmies and have a feel of snow white and the seven dwarfs as they get to explore Congolese equatorial forests and learn more about the culture of these legendary individuals.
Get involved in hiking any of the challenging mountains in the Virunga region. Watching magma boiling on top of the mountain, dark plumes of smoke that are visible even from a distance are worth a quench for as Mountain Nyiragongo is an active volcano with the world’s biggest lava lake.
Mountain gorilla trekking is more affordable in DR. Congo compared to the other two countries that are blessed with these globally endangered mountain gorillas. This country offers the least expensive gorilla trekking permits compared to other gorilla destinations like Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla trekking safaris are undertaken from the great Virunga National Park and Kahuzi -Biega National Park.
Explore the tantalizing Congolese cuisine. The delicacies of Congo are greatly impacted by their long-time colonialists – the French and Belgians. Mayonnaise is so popular on their dishes and visitors shouldn’t miss out on experiencing a blend of both continental and local cuisines while in the country and quench the thirst of other cuisines like Indian, Chinese and Lebanese dishes.
The country does not only boast the huge mountain gorillas but also take applauses from having eastern lowland gorillas. While in Kahuzi-Biega, tourists get to enjoy the rare views offered by these infrequent apes.
Get up close to the world’s second largest river system, River Congo. It is worth a look out for as it’s the second deepest river in the world just after Amazon and it offers a variety of species including 713+ fish species, crocodiles, hippos, birds, waterfalls among others. The river is wondrously large to the extent that around 40 power plants have been constructed along its course.
Is it safe to visit D.R. Congo?
The Park has efficiently trained and well-equipped park rangers and military personnel that are armed to offer company to tourists. Therefore, the park management is always ready to ensure safety of visitors at all costs.
Those who wish to visit the park shouldn’t arrange for personal trips, but endeavor to arrange a tour in DR. Congo with a local tour company that has updated information and can offer informed decisions regarding safety and security in the country.
Visitors are picked up by the park patrol from Goma unlike tourists who risk and personally find their way to the park without any security consideration.
Visitors who wish to get intrigued by the beauty offered within Virunga national park should access the park through its safest route which is traveling from Kigali and connect by road to Gisenyi town then cross over to the park whose headquarters are at Bukima through Goma border point.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park is safe for tourists in D.R. Congo.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park is one of the safest areas compared to Virunga National Park due to its location in Bukavu region which has not been affected by rebel acts as it has been the case in other Congolese parks.
The borders of Kahuzi-Biega National Park are regularly patrolled and there is efficient communication between individuals in the local community and park regulators to ensure that no intruders access the park and if they do, immediate action is taken.
Visitors who flock Kahuzi-Biega national park are protected by armed rangers who move along with them during gorilla treks, mountain hiking and nature walks.
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