Democratic Republic of the Congo

Take a little-ventured path to biodiversity beyond compare

Bafflingly beautiful and one of the only places on earth to see mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, and chimpanzees, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) makes for a riveting, rarely done nature adventure. Navigating the mizzle and the mist, we ramble through rain forests, savannahs, lava plains, and swamps. We explore UNESCO-listed Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest park, and spend nights atop Nyiragongo volcano overlooking the world’s largest lava lake: both once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo by GeoEx

Experiencing the wonders of Virunga National Park is thrilling, even life-altering. But getting there is one of the more daunting tasks in travel. GeoEx’s Africa mavens are here to help, harnessing their in-country expertise and connections to navigate the DRC’s shifting politics, challenging infrastructure, and conservation concerns. They’ll work with you to craft an incredible journey.

In the care of guides who’ve dedicated their lives to conservation and wildlife, you may hike through the rain forest to find endangered mountain gorillas or take an exhilarating helicopter safari (read Travel + Leisure’s article about one orchestrated by our own Kate Doty). We recommend visiting the Senkwekwe Center, which cares for gorillas abused by poachers and animal traffickers. You may venture further to spot hippos, elephants, lions, rare birds, and possibly the zebra-like okapi. And if you’re up for more exhilaration and spectacular scenery, helicopter over the glaciated Rwenzori Mountains, Sinda Gorge, and Lake Eduard, or trek up an active volcano to overnight on its rim and behold a mind-boggling lava lake burst into life at nightfall.

Sample Itinerary

Conservation's Cutting Edge in the Congo

  • Commune with rare mountain gorillas
  • Mount Nyiragongo's lava lake
  • Bird-watching on Tchegera Island
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