A land locked country that encompasses a large part of central Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a diverse and beautiful place to visit on any holiday. From the vibrant cities to the amazing wildlife, this destination will leave you wishing you had more time. Experience the violent power of Mother Nature in one of her greatest forms and immerse yourself in the gentleness of the beautiful animals at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary.
- Lola ya Bonobo: Rated as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lola ya Bonobo is often affectingly referred to as gorillas in the mist (even though the apes are a species called Bonobo and not Gorilla). This sanctuary takes in abandoned or rescued Bonobo apes and rehabilitates them before releasing them back into the wild. These beautiful creatures are unfortunately being hunted for bush meat with the babies being sold as pets. Lola ya Bonobo (which means ‘Paradise for Bonobo’ in the language of Lingala) is fighting against the impending extinction of these beautiful animals. Although the bonobos are living in captivity, they live in an environment similar to the wild. They can forage among dozens of edible plants and fruiting trees, compete for mating rights, and learn to avoid dangers such as stepping on venomous snakes just as they would in the wild. As a result, the bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary show all the naturally occurring behaviours observed in wild bonobos. We at 4×4 South Africa highly recommend a visit to this sanctuary as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
- Boyoma falls: Boyoma Falls, (formerly known as Stanley Falls) consists of seven separate small waterfalls along one of the curves of the Lualaba river, each no more than 5 m (16 ft) high, extending over more than 100 km (62 mi) At the bottom of the rapids, the Lualaba becomes the Congo River. The seven small waterfalls have a total drop of 61 m (200 ft). The two major waterfalls are the first below Ubundu, forming a narrow and crooked stream that is hardly accessible, and the last that can easily be seen and also be visited from Kisangani. These falls are one of the many natural beauties of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and we at South Africa 4×4 Highly recommend visiting these magnificent natural beauties.
- Mount Nyiragongo: Mount Nyiragongo is a very large active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a must see for anyone who is interested in geology or any nature loving person who is not afraid to see mother nature at her finest with one of the most spectacular displays of sheer power available for the human race to see. With an elevation of 3470 m (11382 ft) in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, and has a crater of about two kilometres wide and usually contains a lava lake. Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions, with the last major eruption being in 2002.
- Virunga National Park: The Virunga National Park is a 7,800-square-kilometre (3,000 sq mi) area that stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North. An incredible place to experience the natural fauna and flora of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Virunga National Park is also an amazing place to experience the diverse nature of the earth’s geology and geomorphology (the study of rocks). The diverse nature of this National Park is largely due to the large amount of land that it covers moving from the dense jungles that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is so well known for to the inhospitable climates of the high altitudes in the beautiful mountain ranges, this is a must see for any nature enthusiast.
- Pool Malebo: Formaly known as the Stanley Pools, the Pool Malebo is about 35 km (22 mi) long, 23 km (14 mi) wide and 500 km2 in surface area. This large body of water is a great place to do some fishing. Most fish indigenous to the area are catfishes, including the mountain catfish and upside-down catfish. The area has over 200 fish species documented, with Mormyrids as the most common with over 40 species, and with the highest diversification.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is truly a beautiful place. From the people to the experiences you are sure to have a once in a lifetime holiday.
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