Highlights of drc wildlife safaris
Considered one of the world’s seventeen “megadiverse” nations, the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to a cast of characters suitable for any traditional African safari. The continent’s “big five” – elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos and buffalo – can all be found here, as well as the world’s only wild population of bonobos. Years of war and civil unrest have had a huge impact on the country’s wildlife, but there are still places where one can visit to experience a truly wild taste of Africa.
The star of the show is Virunga National Park, a haven of biodiversity which contains more bird, mammal and reptile species than any other protected area in Africa.
Virunga is able to lay claim to such a wide variety of animals thanks to its equally wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems, with everything from glaciers and lava flows to forest and savannah found within the park’s borders. It is perhaps best known as being one of the last places to see mountain gorillas in the wild. The habituation of a handful of gorilla family groups living in Virunga allows travellers to spend time in close proximity with these great apes, making the DRC a top destination for wildlife-lovers.