What to see in Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Democratic Republic Of The Congo Attractions

There is no denying that the Democratic Republic of Congo is a dangerous tourist destination, but the natural splendour of the country continues to seduce adventurous travellers seeking excitement off the grid. If the Democratic Republic of Congo was a stable and prosperous country it would probably be one of the foremost destinations in Africa: with virgin rainforest, active volcanoes, the mighty Congo River, Lake Kivu and a wealth of wildlife - including the sought after mountain gorillas - the region has more than its fair share of natural wonders. Tragically, these natural assets are compromised for tourists by crime, corruption, lack of basic infrastructure and frequent military conflict.

Travellers tend to fly into Kinshasa to enjoy the city's nightlife and explore the Congo River and surrounds, or to duck across the Rwandan border into Goma, which is the gateway to the wonders of Lake Kivu, Mount Nyiragongo and Virunga National Park. Much of the country is inaccessible to tourists and in such a state of disrepair and turmoil that it is best avoided. The transport networks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous and most visitors arrange their trips through tour operators. Signs are hopeful that the country will become more accessible and safer for visitors in the future.

Goma and Lake Kivu

Goma is a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, situated on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, right beside…

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Gateway to the mighty Congo River, Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of…

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Mount Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Virunga National Park, about 12 miles (20km) north of Goma. The…

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Virunga National Park

The Virunga National Park is a magnificent swathe of protected land stretching from the Virunga Mountains…

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