[well]Salonga National Park Quick Facts

  • Largest protected area of dense rainforest in Africa
  • Expands across 8,240,000 acres (3,334,600 hectares)
  • Fauna is unique for Africa

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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.

Located at the Congo River basin, this national park covers an average of 3,334,600 hectares (8,240,000 acres) and expands to the provinces of Kaisi Occidental and Oriental as well as Bandundu and Equateur.

The park is made up of several varying landscapes such as river terraces, low plateaus and high plateaus, each one containing different types of vegetation. Swamps and dry lands both make up a majority of the site along with smaller areas of grassland and clear openings.

The fauna located in Salonga National Park is also what makes this reserve so unique and different from the rest. With species such as the dwarf chimpanzee, leopard, bush pig, okapi, bushbuck, colobus monkeys and numerous others, it makes the importance of keeping this area of land protected. There are also several bird species as well as river dwellers such as the African slender-snouted crocodile.


Where is Salonga National Park

Salonga National Park is located approximately half way between the capital, Kinshasa and Kisangani. It is also about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Boende and as mentioned before, it is extremely isolated and far from any roadways.


Best Ways to See and Experience Salonga National Park

Though in early years, the rates of tourism in Salonga National Park were extremely low due to the very inaccessibility of the park, in more recent years there have been a number of tour agencies of the DR offering tours through the park and its lands.

Most of the tours include riverboat cruises along the Congo River where you get to experience an up close and personal feel for the national park. Being able to see an abundance of extremely rare and important wildlife and plant life in just one place is something that is sure to be unforgettable and nothing short of spectacular.

On the guided tours through the river, you will not only be able to witness the splendors of this magnificent natural wonder but also learn from the guide about different facts and information that make Salonga National Park such an amazing piece of land.

Though there are certain areas of the park that are populated by small villages, only some are accessible and usually only with a tour guide that speaks the language.

It’s important that however and whenever you choose to visit this site, you always dress appropriately for hot and humid weather (possibly rain) and be prepared for the mosquitoes present by bringing along strong repellents. Many different organizations are currently working on keeping this area of the Democratic Republic of Congo protected, free from poachers and dangers that may cause harm to the life found within its lands. The rare privilege of being able to see even parts of this enormous national park is an experience of a lifetime and one that will surely not soon be forgotten.


Best Times to Explore Salonga National Park

If you are a travel expert or representative from the DRC Tourism office, we invite you to provide insights and recommendations.


Salonga National Park Travel Tips

Insider travel tips and recommendations are coming to help you better explore the park.tron>Salonga National Park Quick Facts

  • Largest protected area of dense rainforest in Africa
  • Expands across 8,240,000 acres (3,334,600 hectares)
  • Fauna is unique for Africa

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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.

Located at the Congo River basin, this national park covers an average of 3,334,600 hectares (8,240,000 acres) and expands to the provinces of Kaisi Occidental and Oriental as well as Bandundu and Equateur.

The park is made up of several varying landscapes such as river terraces, low plateaus and high plateaus, each one containing different types of vegetation. Swamps and dry lands both make up a majority of the site along with smaller areas of grassland and clear openings.

The fauna located in Salonga National Park is also what makes this reserve so unique and different from the rest. With species such as the dwarf chimpanzee, leopard, bush pig, okapi, bushbuck, colobus monkeys and numerous others, it makes the importance of keeping this area of land protected. There are also several bird species as well as river dwellers such as the African slender-snouted crocodile.


Where is Salonga National Park

Salonga National Park is located approximately half way between the capital, Kinshasa and Kisangani. It is also about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Boende and as mentioned before, it is extremely isolated and far from any roadways.


Best Ways to See and Experience Salonga National Park

Though in early years, the rates of tourism in Salonga National Park were extremely low due to the very inaccessibility of the park, in more recent years there have been a number of tour agencies of the DR offering tours through the park and its lands.

Most of the tours include riverboat cruises along the Congo River where you get to experience an up close and personal feel for the national park. Being able to see an abundance of extremely rare and important wildlife and plant life in just one place is something that is sure to be unforgettable and nothing short of spectacular.

On the guided tours through the river, you will not only be able to witness the splendors of this magnificent natural wonder but also learn from the guide about different facts and information that make Salonga National Park such an amazing piece of land.

Though there are certain areas of the park that are populated by small villages, only some are accessible and usually only with a tour guide that speaks the language.

It’s important that however and whenever you choose to visit this site, you always dress appropriately for hot and humid weather (possibly rain) and be prepared for the mosquitoes present by bringing along strong repellents. Many different organizations are currently working on keeping this area of the Democratic Republic of Congo protected, free from poachers and dangers that may cause harm to the life found within its lands. The rare privilege of being able to see even parts of this enormous national park is an experience of a lifetime and one that will surely not soon be forgotten.


Best Times to Explore Salonga National Park

If you are a travel expert or representative from the DRC Tourism office, we invite you to provide insights and recommendations.


Salonga National Park Travel Tips

Insider travel tips and recommendations are coming to help you better explore the park.