D.R CONGO (DRC)
The DRC is without a doubt a destination less travelled to, but this only adds to its allure for the intrepid traveler. Virunga National Park (Africa’s oldest national park and a UNESCO world heritage site due to its immense biodiversity), has two considerable gems hidden within its boundaries, the endangered Mountain Gorillas and the world’s largest lava lake found atop the Nyiragongo volcano. Those who are prepared to make the journey will be rewarded with once in a lifetime memories, sitting in the presence of these gentle giants and staring into the fiery depths of the earth. Quite possibly one of the most life changing destinations to encounter.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DRC
A PRIVATE INVITATION TO SIT WITH Gentle Giants
Creating a path through lush deep jungle, your senses alert, you will first be confronted with a unique musk before you hear the distinct deep grumbles of greeting. Your experienced ranger guide will advice you to put on your mask before you are allowed entry into the kingdom of these majestic beasts. Coming face to face with a gorilla in its natural habitat is a rare encounter that will forever be etched in your memory. DRCongo provides the uncommon opportunity to view two of the world’s great apes. Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park and Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Both species are considered endangered and are only found in this region of Africa and the world. The valiant conservation efforts of the rangers and its park leaders are what makes travelling to these areas both heartwarming and exhilarating. Travelers who dare to explore this raw part Africa and road less travelled.
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D.R Congo is the second-largest country in Africa after Algeria. It is the southernmost country located in East and Central Africa. The main areas open to tourism are found in the in the east of the country, namely Virunga National Park (located in North Kivu Province, bordering Uganda & Rwanda) and Kahuzi Biega National Park (located in South Kivu Province, near the border of South Western Rwanda). Virunga National Park’s closest city is Goma, which can be reached international flights – 3 times a week, however the majority of visitors enter Goma via car through the Gisenyi border (La Corniche) of Rwanda. Goma also encompasses the lakeshores on one side of Lake Kivu. Visitors can take a boat from here to cross the lake and reach Bukavu in the South Kivu Province with easy access to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Alternatively, visitors can enter Bukavu via car after crossing the Rwandan Rusizi I border.