DR Congo, officially the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is also known as DRC, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, DROC, or RDC, and not to be confused with the Republic of the Congo (Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville). DR Congo is located in Central Africa, bordering Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan to the north, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania to the east, Zambia and Angola to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country’s capital and largest city is Kinshasa. Located in central sub-Saharan Africa, straddling the Equator, DR Congo experiences high precipitation and frequent thunderstorms – the most frequent in the world.
What to see & do
DR Congo is home to the world’s second largest rainforest after the Amazon, the Congo Rainforest. Explore this natural wonder and immerse in its expansive lush jungles that are surrounded by plateaus that merge into savannahs in the south and southwest, by mountainous terraces in the west, and dense grasslands that extend beyond the Congo River in the north. The rainforests in DR Congo have a high level of biodiversity, including rare and endemic species. In fact, the country is the most biodiverse African country. A number of World Wide Fund for Nature ecoregions are also located in DR Congo, including the Central Congolian lowland forests, home of the rare bonobo primate; the Eastern Congolian swamp forests; the Northeastern Congolian lowland forests, home to one of the richest concentrations of primates in the world; the Southern Congolian forest-savannah mosaic; a large section of the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands; and the Albertine Rift montane forests region. World Heritage Sites are also not to be missed: Virunga National Park, Garamba National Park, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Salonga National Park, and Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
How to get around within DR Congo
Air travel is the quickest way to get around DR Congo due to its vastness. Airlines that operate domestic flights in DR Congo include Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation, Stellar Airlines, FlyCongo, Lignes Aeriennes
Congolaises, Air Kasai, Korongo Airlines, and Congo Express with destinations to Goma, Kananga, Kindu, Kinshasa-N’djili, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Maya, Gemena, Beni, Bunia, and Kolwezi.
Due to poor road conditions in DR Congo, road travel in the country is done by riding in trucks that carry goods and go to the same direction you are going. Ferry services are also available from Kinshasa to Kisangani, as well as few trains with the following routes: Kinshasa-Matadi, Lubumbashi-Ilebo, Kamina-Kindu, Kisangani-Ubundu, and Bumba-Isiro.
How to get there
The gateway to DR Congo is the Kinshasa-N’djili International Airport in the capital Kinshasa. The airport is a hub for Compagnie Africaine d’Aviaton. This and more airlines in the airport fly from destinations in Africa and Europe. When coming from Zambia, DR Congo can be accessed via train. Zambia is also connected to the Katanga region via paved roads. There are also roads that enter DR Congo from Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. Bus services are available from Uganda via Bunagana Kisoro Border. From Brazzaville in Congo Republic, Kinshasa can be reached by passenger and VIP ferries, or Carnot Rapide.
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