DRC is a massive equatorial African country, stretching from the Albertine Rift highland forests in the east of the country, through the Congo Basin lowland forests and to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. In addition to hosting rare species such as okapi, bonobo, lowland and mountain gorillas and Congo peafowl (Africa’s only peafowl), the Congo Basin is quite literally the lungs of the world, a vital ‘carbon sink’ and influencer of rainfall across the North Atlantic.
Most of this vast country is made up of a mosaic of rivers, forests, savannas, swamps and flooded forests and is largely inaccessible to tourists. We have pioneered expeditions for the more adventurous traveller, to a select few logistically manageable destinations in the east of the country.
All of our DRC expeditions originate in Rwanda, with cross-border transfers by road, and are located in the area of Lake Kivu, southern Virunga National Park and Kahuzi-Biega National Park, near the Rwandan border. Activities are largely focussed on climbing and overnighting on Mount Nyiragongo (an active stratovolcano) to gaze and marvel at the world’s largest lava lake, the most affordable mountain gorilla trekking in Africa, a mountain gorilla orphanage made famous in the Netflix movie ‘Virunga’, lowland gorilla trekking, and trekking for a host of primate and bird species.
DRC should not be confused with Congo, its smaller neighbour just across the Congo River.
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