Democratic Republic of Congo Images
When we conjure up mental images of the Democratic Republic of Congo perhaps
inevitably those images are of a war torn and dangerous country. Whilst this is
sadly true, and has been for decades since independence from Belgium in 1960,
the country itself is home to an abundance of rainforests, rivers such as the
The Democratic Republic of
Congo is about the same size as western Europe and is home to the famous Congo
river with many still unexplored regions bursting with wildlife including
mountain gorillas, white rhinos and, of course, the pygmy chimpanzees. It shares
its borders with Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan,
Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The country also has a small 23 mile strip of coastline connecting it with the
Atlantic Ocean. It
is also home to active volcanoes
such as Mount Nyiragongo (left) in the Great Rift Valley, all above a bed
of an estimated twenty-four trillion US dollars of natural
resources including cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum,
petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc,
manganese, tin, uranium and coal.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has a number of rivers and lakes with
the main rivers (right) being the Ubangi and Bomu in the north and the Congo
in the west. Lake Tanganyika forms part of its eastern border with
Tanzania and Burundi. Given the country's difficult
past there is no real tourism industry nor special places of interest and in
the main visitors are advised, if they have to visit the country, to avoid
entering around the conflict access points of Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
Once there, the AAC Bonobo
Nursery Sanctuary at Kinshasa is worth a visit where visitors can see
orphaned apes as is the Symphonies Naturelles some 12km outside of Kinshasa
where a number of forest paths can be explored in the 200 hectare woodland.
Those interested in plant life will also probably enjoy a visit to the
Kisantu Botanical Gardens on the road to Matadi.