People travel to DRC Destinations to see the planet’s second-largest rainforest across Congo River Basin, with glacial mountains and savannah rimmed with a staggering array of wildlife and cultures. Find out more about DRC Safaris in this handy DRC Travel Guide.
Top Places to Visit on DRC Safaris
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
Spanning over 7,800 square kilometers, Virunga is the oldest national park in the country. And, probably the best place to see African wildlife at its finest. From forest to swamp, savanna to lava plain, erosion valley to an active volcano, Virunga offers a new terrain, alluring landscapes with exciting new discoveries, waiting at every turn.
Nyiragongo Volcano Hike
Climb this spectacular fire mountain, a natural wonder that erupted just eight years ago. Marvel at the spectacular yet deadly lava lake at the top.
The Inkisi Falls (60m high) and the massive complex of caves wrapped around it will be the highlights of your DRC Safari Activities.
Parc National De Kahuzi-Biéga
Track habituated eastern lowland gorillas (Grauer’s gorillas) chimp orphanage at Lwiro where around 40 to 50 chimps are kept in prime conditions.
Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary
This excellent DRC Destination provides shelter to those orphaned bonobos. Hang with these rare and now endangered cousins of chimpanzees, in the large forested enclosures on your DRC Safaris.
Best Time to Go on DRC Safaris
The Best Time to Visit DRC is during the dry season. DRC experiences a wet season from April to October, and a dry one from December to February. Whereas in south DRC destinations, the wet season is from November to March, and the dry from April to October. So, we advise you to plan your DRC Safari Tours accordingly.
DRC Safari Tours; Travel & Accommodations
- DRC has 54 airports, but Kinshasa International Airport (FIH), just 15km away from the city is regarded as the main airport.
- For internal public transport, buses and taxis are readily available. However, if you’re looking to travel outside DRC, we strongly advise traveling with guides, guards, and a large amount of caution.
- DRC has very good quality top-end accommodation (US$200+), with rigorous security, clean rooms, and a wide range of food and drink options.
Health & Safety During DRC Safaris
Excellent African Safaris strongly advises you to check the FCO’s website before making any plans. If traveling overland over borders, you must discuss with our DRC Travel Guide beforehand and also consult border officials for additional information, and exercise caution at all times. DRC has seen some recent outbreaks of plague. Also, the hospital facilities outside the capital are extremely limited.
DRC Safaris offer the perfect destination for the adventurous, seasoned traveler looking for a unique vacation. To know more about DRC Destinations and DRC Safari Packages visit Excellent African Safaris today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The dry seasons of December, January, and February are the Best Time to Visit DRC.
You must produce a visa issued by the nearest DRC Embassy to your country of residence. The easier way is to apply at the DRC embassy in your home country or country of residence.
Alternatively, you can let us process the visa on your behalf prior to commencement of your DRC Safaris.
Even though the official language Democratic Republic of Congo is French, there are a number of indigenous languages prevalently spoken in all parts of the country including Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo, and Tshiluba.
The DRC lies in two various time zone which is the West Africa Time (UTC+2) as well as the Central Africa Time (UTC+1)
Yes, though you have to be above eighteen years of age. You can purchase alcohol from the various supermarkets, food hubs, and bars.
Yes, tipping is accepted in DRC, though it’s not mandatory. The locals consider it as a polite way of appreciating the good service rendered to you. The amount however solely depends on you. Bear in mind that a 10% service charge is included in all your restaurant and hotel bills.
We do not recommend trying to obtain cash in DRC at this time. Instead, you can bring your cash. (either Uganda Shillings, Rwandan Francs, or US Dollars). Travelers’ cheques are not recommended as well.
It’s possible to visit parts of the DRC safely. Long gone those days when DRC was known to have a “heart of darkness”. Now DRC has opened its door to the whole world with open arms. DRC offers beautiful countryside and some of the continent’s most exciting trekking. But what will appeal you most is the warmth and genuine affection you’ll receive from its local people. However, the eastern region of the DRC is still a little troubled, so tour operators will arrange armed escorts to accompany travelers at all times.