WHY VISIT THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa, the capital, is located on the banks of the Congo River, and this position gives it a special atmosphere and a lot of charm. You will discover the water hyacinths on the river while strolling on the Promenade de la Racquet. Then, climbing Mount Nglaliema, where the presidential residence and its park are located, you can see the zoo overlooking the city. Not to be missed, are the four major markets that animate the city and participate in its dynamic rhythm.
East side, several sites are to visit from Kinsagani. This is a city in the Congo, modern and lively. You will observe the work of the wagenia fishermen who throw their traps in the rapids, as well as the floating villages where the lokele fishermen live. In this region, there are also several remarkable waterfalls, and it is in the Ituri forest that the last okapis survive.
Another site, on the border of Sudan, is the park of Garamba with its white rhinoceros of the Nile, which are the last specimens.
In the region bordering Rwanda, you can admire Lake Kivu, where you can swim, but also discover the interesting sites on the north shore, such as the hot springs of Mai-ya-Moto and the falls of Rutshuru. Beautiful towns are also built on the lake and you can practice various water sports.
In the south of the country, you will discover Mount Hoyo, its waterfalls and caves, and a deep and extensive forest inhabited by the Bambutis. These are pygmies who live by hunting and are very attached to their traditions. In no way prevent travelers from receiving an excellent reception. The Ruwenzori Range, which rises more than 5,000 meters, offers stunning scenery of glaciers surrounded by small lakes, known as “Mountains of the Moon”.
To the east you will not miss Virunga National Park or Kahuzi-Biega National Park, with their breathtaking wildlife: antelopes, warthogs, buffalos, lions, hippos, and mountain gorillas, not forgetting the birds and the sublime landscapes where stand out the 8 volcanoes of the chain, two of which are still active and whose climb can be undertaken.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
WHEN TO GO TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
The best period to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo is between June and September.
The climate is of the equatorial type in the center, which gives heat and humidity, and tropical type to the south and the north.
There are thus two seasons: the dry season with rare and small rains, which lasts north of the equator from December to May, and south of the equator from May to September.
Then comes a rainy season, with heavy precipitation, from May to November in the north and from September to May in the south. Temperatures are high from one end of the year to the next, between 20 and 40 ° C, roughly speaking.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
To move around the country, the easiest way is to rent a car with a driver (preferably a 4WD if you drive out of town). Public transport is to be avoided. You can also use the inland airlines, but it is not advisable to take the train or the bus.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
health tips & vaccination: Malaria is a significant risk, so you need to protect yourself effectively from mosquitoes. It is compulsory to be vaccinated against yellow fever, and it is recommended that conventional vaccines be added to those against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and possibly rabies. Drink only bottled water, avoid ice cubes, peel your fruit and cook food well. Do not walk on wet soil and do not bathe in stagnant water.
local currency: Congolese Franc
local time zone: GMT+1
electricity: type C, type D and type E (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
typical food in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
souvenirs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- bracelets, traditional paintings, ebony statuettes, basketry, sculptures
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