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Democratic Republic of Congo

Where the Congo River meets the sea

  • Companies:

    147 operators
  • Capital:

    Kinshasa
  • Population:

    67 million
  • Currency:

    Congolese franc
  • Total area:

    2,345,410 km² (905,568 miles²)
  • Wildlife:

    29 animals listed
  • Languages:

    French ...
  • Airports:

    Kinshasha (FIH)

Voltage and plug type

Type C (220V)

Type C (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type E (220V)

Type E (220V)

Recommended vaccinations

Yellow fever Typhoid Tetanus
MMR Hepatitis B Hepatitis A

Democratic Republic of Congo map

About Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC or DR Congo) is truly the heart of Africa in every sense of the word. It is the second largest country in Africa, after Algeria, and is centrally located on the African continent. Its location puts it in the middle of the tropic zone and both dense, tropical jungles and savannah plains can be found here.

DRC is a country that has undergone and is still undergoing a great amount of change. Prior to May 1997, DRC was known as Zaire. It was changed it from The Democratic Republic of Congo to Zaire in 1971 by then-president Sese Seko Mobutu. General Laurent Kabila was responsible for changing Zaire’s name back to DRC, the name it held prior to 1971.

DR Congo has ocean access via the might Congo River. The Congo River is the deepest river in the world and nearly 5000 km or 3000 miles long. The river winds through the Congo rainforest and provides homes for many of the country’s wildlife. The rainforests house a great many species and are where the few number of safaris occur. Animals including gorillas, chimpanzees, rhinos and a wide range of birds can be found in this little-travelled country. In fact, DRC is one of only three African countries in which the mountain gorilla can be viewed. The other two are Rwanda and Uganda. Companies which offer safari expeditions down the Congo River are starting to crop up and guests will be able to view animals and some of the major cities along the river on these excursions.

DRC is not advisable for first-time safari goers. Its large size and severely damaged and underdeveloped infrastructure make for long and, often, rough journeys. It is recommended that all people who are considering visiting this gorgeous country take all necessary precautions and check with their local travel advisory services first. 

Africa Adventure Vacations

Safari tour operator

20 reviews

Yascore 90

Since:
Jul 2015

Africa Adventure Vacations is a tour and travel company with its offices in Kampala providing a diversity of unique African travel experiences such as gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris , chimp tre... read more

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Yascore 95

Since:
Jul 2015

Harmony Safari Expeditions

Safari tour operator

4 reviews

Yascore 82

Since:
May 2016

We provide an unrivalled choice of quality escorted tour packages to E.Africa packed with exciting daily sightseeing highlights and features. Our safari offers a variety of activities in Rwanda, Ug... read more

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Yascore 65

Since:
May 2016

Marabu Tours

Safari tour operator

3 reviews

Yascore 81

Since:
Sep 2013

Marabu Tours was mostly created for the budget travelers, for those who want to discover Uganda, but don’t want to pay big money. All your tours are not expensive, adventurous but still comfortable... read more

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Yascore 84

Since:
Sep 2013

Nyiragongo Expedition

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 78

Since:
Mar 2016

Nyiragongo Expedition LTD is a local Tour Company Based in Goma (The Democratic Republic of Congo) offering tours in Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi. We have adverse knowledge of the to... read more

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Yascore 60

Since:
Mar 2016

Umubano Tours

Safari tour operator

3 reviews

Yascore 77

Since:
Nov 2004

We are a local tour operator based in Rwanda but specializing in TAILOR MADE SAFARIS to Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Burundi and based around each client’s individual needs, int... read more

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Yascore 77

Since:
Nov 2004

27 reviews

Yascore 77

Since:
Apr 2003

The only way to appreciate Africa is to walk or cycle on its earth, watch birds in its bushes, lakes and plains, track animals in their natural habitats in an impossible way. Let's Explore the Afri... read more

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Yascore 82

Since:
Apr 2003

Instinct Safaris

Safari tour operator

5 reviews

Yascore 77

Since:
Jun 2011

Instinct Safaris is a community adventure safari and tour company based in Uganda. It is organized by Ugandans and through their great experience. Each of the team members has stayed in this unique... read more

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Yascore 89

Since:
Jun 2011

Ubuntu Voyages

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 76

Since:
Jun 2017

Ubuntu Voyages welcome you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a mysterious land full of wonders which make it the ultimate African adventure. Our mission is grounded in the philosophy of Ubuntu ... read more

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Yascore 59

Since:
Jun 2017

Hakuna Matata Safaris

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 76

Since:
Apr 2014

Offering both budget and luxury tour options, Hakuna Matata Safaris is a unique East African company that operates to all national parks, game reserves, mountains and island destinations in Rwanda,... read more

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Yascore 76

Since:
Apr 2014

Roho Ya Chui

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 68

Since:
Jan 2008

We help you creating your unique safari experience. Indulge in the beauty of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Tanzania and Kenya. Observe the Great Migration with millions of wildebeest, zebra... read more

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Yascore 68

Since:
Jan 2008

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