congo tours

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire is located at Latitude/Longitude 4º 31′ S, 15º 32′ E. It is well watered by the Congo River system and its many tributaries. The River Congo itself is 7,078 km long (2,733 miles), and is navigable for almost 1440km. Its basin contains the planet’s largest rain forest, the Congo Rain Forest. This same River basin occupies the central and northwestern parts of the country, while further south, savanna grasslands extend to the border with Angola. In the east, the land rises into a plateau with heights over 5,000 ft., and then into the higher volcanic mountains of the Great Rift Valley. Southeast, the land rises into the peaks of the Shaba Plateau. A number of lakes can be found in the country’s eastern borders, including Lakes Albert, Edward (shared with Uganda), Kivu (shared with Rwanda), Mweru and Tanganyika (shared with Tanzania and Burundi)

Congo is a land of wonder and amazement. At 2,267,600 sq. km Congo DRC is the second largest country on the African continent after Sudan. Divided into 10 provinces and one city (ville i.e.  Kinshasa), the Land Divisions include; Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Equateur, Kasai-Occidental, Kasai-Oriental, Katanga, Maniema, Nord-Kivu, Orientale and Sud-Kivu. With a population of 67 million (Kinshasa the Capital 9.3 million), Congo is among the most populated countries in Africa only overtaken by Nigeria, but compared to its land size, it is, probably well populated. The country is still the ancestral homeland for over 200 ethnic groups, most descended from individual kingdoms established long before the European colonialists arrived around 1870. Since independence from Belgium in 1960, the country has experienced ethnic strife, political instability, and poor management of infrastructure many of which the results of deprived training of local management capacities by the long gone colonialists. Because of this, to date, we only take travelers to do only two tourist activities in the relatively peaceful regions: track the mountain gorillas at Djomba (via Uganda or Rwanda); or visit the Nyiragongo live volcano (via Rwanda)


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