Planning to go on Congo safaris and tours? Congo, formerly known as Zaire is endowed with tropical rain forests. Congo has got two capital cities strategically divided by the Congo river that is Kinshasa and Brazzaville. You can view Kinshasa from Brazzaville and vice versa. The country was known as Zaire between 1971 to 1997, its bordered by Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Atlantic ocean and Burundi. It is the worlds 11th largest country and largest in the Sub Saharan Africa. It is also one of the three countries besides Uganda and Rwanda to see the endangered gorillas on gorilla trekking experiences. Gorilla permits here are cheaper than in Uganda and Rwanda. Congo boasts with the largest larva lake in the world found in Mount Nyiragongo. This lake is said to have erupted at least 34 times since 1982. Kinshasa is also a center of African style music. The nights come to live in Kinshasa with American styled bars and discotheque including casinos. Accommodation sectors in Congo range from luxurious, mid range and budget. The best time to visit Congo is during the two dry seasons from may to September and January and February. Focus East Africa Safaris is ready to organize a trip for you to visit Congo. See some of our Congo safaris and tour packages below.
There are about 85 Jewish families in Kinshasa. Friday services are attended by many at the Rabbis at Boulevard 30th June. Hebrew lessons are frequently taught and holidays are often celebrated at Hotel intercontinental. Congo has got variety of African hand made crafts though they are expensive, they are very beautiful and unique you can buy souvenirs from the art and crafts galleries and take home for remembrance. The main tour activities in Congo are gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo mountain climbing. Congo offers both budget gorilla trekking and luxury gorilla trekking experiences.
Best Time to visit Congo
Congo has got an equatorial type of climate with temperatures of about 24°C at day time. During night time, the temperatures range from 16°C to 21°C. The seasons are divided into four with annual rainfall of 1100 mm to 2000 mm. May to September is the longest dry Congo safari season. It’s the eat time for gorilla trekking and wildlife watching because the national parks are easily accessible and the gorilla trekking trails are relatively not very slippery as in the wet season. Congo Gorillas are easily seen at the mountain slopes. This is also the best time to visit the southern part of the country. December to February is one of the best times to visit Congo. This is the short dry Congo safari season and the best time to visit the northern parts of the country. The roads are very accessible during this period.
October to December is the longest wet season in Congo. Some tourist hotels / Congo safari lodges close down and some roads are impassable so tourists visiting during this time will be advised to travel with four wheel drive vehicles. If visiting during this time, please visit the northern part of the country entering to the dry season. On the other way round, you can undertake Congo safari experiences all year round though the exact experience you will encounter will depend on the season you’re visiting the country. If you’re planning a cultural visit then you can travel to Congo at any time of the year.
There are various tourists’ accommodation sectors where you can lodge in while in Congo, the accommodation ranges from luxurious, mid range and budget. The place where to stay will always depend on the tourists’ budget. The main tourists’ attraction in Congo is the endangered mountain gorillas. Come visit this enchanting animal in their natural habitat and also explore the wild animals in the Congo rain ancient forests and have a thrilling life safari experience. Tourists visiting Congo are advised to come along with good hiking boots, rain jackets, insect repellents and many more other things you might need on your Congo safari.