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Captivating Wildlife Encounters Abound in the DRC.

DRC Travel

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, straddling the equator and bordering no less than nine countries, is more of a destination for the hardened tourist than visitors who want to travel from point A to point B in a straight line. That doesn’t mean this erstwhile war-torn country should be discarded as a worthwhile African safari destination, on the contrary. Although the DRC comes with a travel warning, it is the perfect destination for those who seek adventure. The vast landscape, with a size that is larger than Sweden, Norway, Germany, France and Spain combined, is dissected by the mighty Congo River that ends in the Atlantic ocean and dominated by tropical rainforest, the second largest in the world. A small parcel of land is covered by savannah and grassland.

Captivating wildlife encounters abound, including coming face to face with the mountain and lowland gorillas in Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the first national park that was established in Africa. Geological wonders like active volcanoes and one of only four continuous lava lakes in the world on Mount Nyiragongo should also not be missed. Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, as well as international services in Lubumbashi, Goma, and Kisangani, are the main gateways into the DRC. Or travellers can enter the country via ferry from the Atlantic coast while travel by road should ideally be attempted with a 4WD vehicle.

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DRC Safari Ideas

DRC Travel

Hike in the DRC

Explore the natural beauty of the DRC with a walking safari.
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Go Primate Trekking

Discover these impressive primates when you plan a trekking safari.
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Visit the Safari Parks

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors when you visit the parks.
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Map of the DRC

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DRC Accommodation

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Frequently Asked Questions

To the south, the wet season lasts from October till May and in the north, from April to November. The best time to visit is between December and February for the north and April to October for the south. Average temperatures in the lowlands hover in the mid-twenties Celsius although daytime temperatures can rise to the mid-thirties Celsius.

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Accommodation options in the DRC are limited but the country is slowly awakening to the prospects of welcoming even more tourists to its shores. Luxury options are few and far between with basic facilities like tented camps more readily available.

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Most travellers require a visa before travelling to the DRC. Travellers can check with their travel consultants or inquire at their nearest Congolese Consulate or embassy.

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The following vaccinations are highly recommended before travelling to the DRC: routine vaccinations including MMR, yellow fever, and polio. Additionally, the CDC recommends vaccines for hepatitis A, malaria, and typhoid for most travellers, while other vaccine recommendations include rabies, yellow fever, and hepatitis B.

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It is recommended that anyone travelling to the DRC should drink bottled water only, as the country has one of the lowest rates of access to clean drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is not the best destination for family safari trips. The DRC is renowned for gorilla trekking, which requires a high level of fitness and trekking through dense jungle.

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Safari-goers coming to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for gorilla trekking should have a higher level of fitness. The safari experience requires heavy trekking through dense jungle and forest to spot these incredible primates.

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Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving in the DRC. Most plans include emergency air evacuation if visitors are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that visitors talk to their travel consultants before travelling.

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Travellers opting to self-drive in the DRC require an international driving permit and should always drive with their doors locked and windows rolled up. Furthermore, they drive on the right slide of the road in the DRC.

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