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When to Go to the Republic of Congo

The best time to visit the Congo is dependant on the area of the country you are wishing to travel to, but either between May and September or between January and February. The climate in the Congo is generally equatorial and consistent, but there are some variations between the northern and southern regions to bear in mind.

In the southern section of the Republic of Congo near the capital of Brazzaville for example, daily temperatures may fluctuate anywhere between 20 and 30°c, although it does tend to be slightly cooler in the long dry season in the middle of the year, making it more advisable to travel then. Further north, however, we see the seasons reverse, with the wetter months generally known to be between April and October.

In general, the calendar year can be divided into the four following seasons that can be used as a rough guide when planning your trip. If heading to the area in and around Brazzaville and the southern parts of the country you should aim for travel in the long dry season between May and September, whilst the north is best visited in the short dry season between January and February.

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The Best Time to Visit the Republic of Congo

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  • DEC

The month of January occurs during the brief dry season of the nation, when daytime highs range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit (24–30°C). Since the humidity is lower than during the rainier months, it is a pleasant time to go exploring. For lovers of animals, the dry season is fantastic. You can go on safari in national parks like Odzala-Kokoua and Nouabalé-Ndoki, where you'll get the opportunity to see a variety of animals, such as forest elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, and other bird species. Around water sources, wildlife gathers, making for pleasant sightings.

January to February

This period is known as a short dry season and is an ideal time to visit the north, when road conditions are more favourable.

March to April

This shorter rainy season is less ideal for those planning to visit the rainforests, and those who decide to visit during this time should pack with rainy conditions in mind.

May to September

Generally perceived as the best time to visit the south, this is the longer dry season when it is easier to visit. In the north however these are some of the wettest months so when you visit will depend on which areas you wish to see.

October to December

A longer rainy season, this is less ideal for those visiting the southern region, but in the north the rain starts to subside, entering a drier period in the new year.

Things to do in the Republic of Congo

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Discover the diverse wildlife of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, which is home to forest elephants, buffalo, and several primate species. Explore the marshes and savannas by taking guided hikes and boat rides.

Visit Brazzaville

Take a tour of the city's bustling markets, historic buildings from the colonial era, and cultural landmarks like the Basilique Sainte-Anne and the Poto-Poto School of Painting.

Conkouati-Douli National Park

In this coastal national park, see wildlife up close and enjoy the pristine beaches while looking out for sea turtles, chimpanzees, and forest elephants.

Congo River

Experience the local way of life and the river's many ecosystems by taking a boat trip down the Congo River, one of Africa's major waterways.

Loango National Park

Discover this special place where the jungle and the ocean converge. Enjoy seeing animals, including elephants on the beach, and engaging in water sports like fishing and kayaking.