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What to see in Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Democratic Republic Of The Congo Attractions

The Democratic Republic of Congo is not the most popular holiday destination, but its natural splendour continues to seduce adventurous travellers who seek excitement off the grid.

The destination has the potential to be a top African tourist spot, thanks to its virgin rainforest, active volcanoes, the mighty Congo River, Lake Kivu and wealth of wildlife, which includes the sought after mountain gorillas.

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 remains 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. However, signs are hopeful that the country will become more stable, accessible, and safer for visitors in the not too distant future.

Goma and Lake Kivu

Situated on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, close to the Rwandan border, the eastern city of Goma is not particularly safe or prosperous, but does offer some dramatic landscapes. Nature lovers who…

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Gateway to the mighty Congo River and home to about 10 million people, the sprawling capital of Kinshasa is never boring. Its several wealthy commercial enclaves and upmarket residential areas lie…

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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 main crater contains a boiling lava lake that is one of the Congo's most mesmerising attractions.…

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Virunga National Park

The Virunga National Park is a magnificent area of protected land stretching from the Virunga Mountains in the south to the Rwenzori Mountains in the north. It was Africa's first national park, established…

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