Virunga National Park

Established in 1925, Virunga National Park was Africa’s first national park. The park, previously called Albert National Park, covers an area of 3,000 square miles, (7,800 sq km). Unfortunately, civil war and poaching has seriously compromised the wildlife population of the area.

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Congo River

The river received its name from the Kingdom of Kongo, with the Zaire name coming from the Portuguese who altered the word nzere of the Kikongo language with translates “river.” The countries Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo were named after the river.

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Mount Stanley

Mount Stanley is the third tallest mountain in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is about 3,000 feet taller with Mount Kenya only surpassing it by 90 meters. Mount Stanley reaches a peak of 16,762 feet (5,109 m) and is a contributing factor to UNESCO World Heritage Status ascribed to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

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Lofoi Falls

Lofoi Falls, also commonly known as the chutes Kaloba and the chutes Lofoi, is one of the largest waterfalls in all of Central Africa. At approximately 165 meters high (540 feet) it’s no wonder why this massive natural waterfall is considered such a great attraction to visit.

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Mangroves National Park

Mangroves National Park is a protected area of 768 square kilometers (297 square miles) making it the smallest protected area in all of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also the country’s only marine park and well known for it’s massive population of mangroves spread throughout the entire area.

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Okapi Wildlife Reserve

The Okapi Wildlife Reserve of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a World Heritage Site made up by the Ituri Forest. With a total area of nearly 14,000 square kilometers (5,405 square miles), this reserve envelops one fifth of the forest itself.

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Salonga National Park

Salonga National Park found in the Democratic Republic of Congo stands as the largest protected area of dense rainforest throughout the entire African content as well as the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. Made up of two different sectors, this extremely isolated park is reachable only by water or air and contains immense varieties of both flora and fauna.

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