The Congo may have a complicated past and one of the saddest stories in contemporary history, but it is redeemed by its natural beauty, abundant wildlife, forests, lakes, waterfalls, and irresistible landscapes. Central Africa’s largest and most populated country, its full name is The Democratic Republic of the Congo and it is strategically located in the heart of the continent, straddling the equator and embraced by Angola in the southwest. It is also bordered by the Cabinda enclave of Angola and the Republic of the Congo, as well as other nations like Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
Traveling to the Congo can be frustrating and difficult, but for the adventurous, it is a worthy challenge. The waterfalls and caves of Boma, the Inkisi Falls of Zongo and the rare orchids of Kisantu are reason enough to visit.
Kinshasa is capital, which is situated in the western region and is known for its grazing terrain and tropical forests. The city is home to a thriving tourism scene and modern amenities, including good hotels. It also houses the rural village of Kinkole, as well as bustling markets where metal items and wooden products are sold. The people of the Congo are generally helpful and friendly. Respect begets respect, so foreigners are expected to value local customs and appreciate traditions. If you are willing to look past the frustration of traveling, you will realize that the country is dotted with wonderful attractions in notable cities like Goma and Kisangani.
Visitors are advised to check the latest travel warnings before planning a trip. You will need a visa, plus proof of vaccination for yellow fever. The website of the Interior Ministry can provide you with the most up to date details on the Congo’s entry requirements.
- Explore the surrounding areas of Kinshasa to see the equatorial forest embracing Ma Vallée Lake and Kinkole’s fishing port
- See Pic Marguerite, the Ruwenzori Range’s highest peak where the rare okapi and gorillas live
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Virunga National Park, Maiko National Park and Salonga National Park to discover unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes
- Visit the Tombs of Tshela in Boma on the way to Moanda’s beach
- Stay at Mbanza-Ngungu’s resort to see the Inkisi Falls and the caves
- Enjoy the ambiance of the French Riviera at Kalemie, which sits on the banks of Lake Tanganyika