Red Lechwe Photo by Saskia Jansen via Flickr Creative Commons

One thing to remember in the Congo is always to expect the unexpected. There are many mountain ranges, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and forests, and each offers unique sights and sounds. The road from Lubombashi to the capital, Kinshasa, is quite popular with cyclists, while climbers enjoy challenging volcanoes and peaks.

Those who wish to discover the wildlife may go trekking or hiking while on a safari holiday. Active travelers who are up for a challenge can go canoeing down the 3,000-mile, crocodile-infested waters of the Congo River. One thing’s for sure, there are plenty of things to do.

East African Voyage offers organized adventure activities in the Congo. The Virunga Mountains are among the best in the world for mountain climbing. Consisting of eight volcanoes spanning the length of the border with Uganda and Rwanda, it is also part of the Great Rift Valley’s Albertine Rift. The volcanoes are mostly dormant, except Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo. Along the way, lucky climbers may be able to spot the endangered mountain gorilla.

Cycling in the Congo is truly for the brave. Bcause of the varied terrain and road conditions, biking from one city to another can be challenging and exhilarating. Driving across the country in a 4x4 is another option. Stopping at the small villages to meet the locals, breaking bread and exchanging stories is an unforgettable experience in itself. Bicycle Africa specializes in cultural excursions and cycling tours.

The number of forests in the Congo makes it a wonderland for hiking and trekking. Okapi Tours and Travel Company in Goma can organize tours for groups, as well as individuals who want to explore the country through its nature trails. Head to Upemba National Park if you want to discover wildlife on foot or head to Virunga National Park, which is distinctive for its jagged mountain ranges and varied game, including hippopotamuses, antelopes, warthogs, and lions.

Kinshasa is home to Le Beach Ngobila, one of the best beaches in the Congo. Inongo in the Bandundu region and Caribu in Goma are also notable. Renting a pirogue is one method to experience the Congo River by boat, starting from the Kinkole Fish Market and working your way down.

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