Travel tips for DR Congo - Eastern Congo
What’s the location of DR Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo is geographically located in the Central part of the African continent sharing borders with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the East, Central African Republic and South Sudan in the North, Angola and Zambia in the South, Gabon and Angola in the West.
Where to land in DR Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo is characterised with poor air transportation and some insecurity issues therefore all visitors to this amazing destination land in Rwanda at Kigali International airport in Kanombe which is a few kilometres from Kigali city.
How to get there? Planning for a visit to Democratic Republic of Congo, its advised that you arrange all your transportation and other logistics with a local tour operator, arriving in at Kigali airport you will be picked by the driver or Safari guide and transfer you direct to Goma border for crossing to Democratic Republic of Congo but this usually depends on time of arrival.
Whereby if you have arrived late in Rwanda you can have an overnight stay in Kigali city and on next day you transfer up to Goma border for crossing to the suburbs of Democratic Republic of Congo.
What’s required for entry permission. There are three documents required for issuance of entry permission to Democratic Republic of Congo including valid passport, tourist entry visa and yellow fever vaccination card.
- Valid passport. This is one of the required documents for entry Visa to Democratic Republic of Congo; it must read all the details of the holder including names, nationality, photo and more. This document is considered to be valid when it’s still six months to its expiration dates.
- Entry Visa. For Democratic Republic of Congo, you have to apply for the Visa in advance before your travelling dates through a local tour operator.
It’s not possible to apply for this Visa on arrival and the minimum period of time for applying is two weeks to your travelling dates because the processing of this Visa takes a period of one full week. It costs $100 USD per person.
- Valid yellow fever vaccination card. This document approves you to be free from yellow fever disease; it must be signed and approved by a doctor from your home country.
Where to stay on arrival. Arriving in at Kigali international airport you can either have an overnight stay in Kigali city, Goma border or cross direct to Democratic Republic of Congo for overnight stay in the selected hotel of residence.
Which means of transport are used in DR Congo? Road transport means is the main transportation option used while in Democratic Republic of Congo visiting its main places of interest including National Parks, big towns, cultural sites, adventure sites and more.
What’s the nature of accommodation in DR Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo is characterised with good accommodation facilities ranging from camping to self-contained rooms. These accommodation facilities are categorised into three including budget, mid-range and luxury facilities reserved for visitors to stay at affordable prices.
Is DR Congo characterised with different services? Democratic Republic of Congo is a flexible destination characterised with different services offered in different towns and cities including banking services, public transportation, Forex exchange services, internet services, shopping malls for shopping like supermarkets, Baltics and more, Communication services like phone shops, service centres for different Telecommunication companies, Car service centres, fuelling stations, mobile money services, fast foods, Electricity, Water, hospitals, Casinos, different eating outlets and more.
Is DR Congo secure? Democratic Republic of Congo used to face some instability particularly political instability characterised with rebel attacks, but the government of Democratic Republic of Congo has put in more efforts to phase out all instabilities characterised and the state now is alteast stable when compared to the past although sometimes attacks are experienced in some regions of the country.
Food in DR Congo. Different restaurants and hotels in Democratic Republic of Congo serve both local menu and international menu including all food types allowing all clients from different countries of the World to be served including Vegetarians, Vegans and more.
The reason for serving local food is that different clients who drop in sometimes wish to have a taste of the local foods prepared in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Culture in DR Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo is recorded with different tribes of people who are residing within different regions of the country. Mostly used languages in Democratic Republic of Congo include French, Kiswahili and more.
Currency used in DR Congo. The currency used in Democratic Republic of Congo is called Congolese Francs, therefore when you come with your money in home currency its better you exchange it when you are still in Rwanda.
What’s the nature of DR Congo’s climate? This amazing destination in the central part of Africa usually experiences two seasons including the dry season and rainy season, it’s characterised with thick tropical rainforests, green vegetation, shrubs, bamboo forests, montane forests and fertile swampy areas.
Which mode of travelling to use while in DR Congo. The only mode of travelling around Democratic Republic of Congo safely is by arranging all transportation services with a local tour operator who will partner with Virunga Foundation to provide all transportation services using their suitable 4x4 Safari jeeps.
Best time of Visiting DR Congo. For adventurers, it’s advised that you visit Democratic Republic of Congo during the dry season for better hiking’s as in during rainy season you are most likely to be interfered with heavy rainfall.
Best sighting of different Wildlife species in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park mostly happens during months when there is medium rainfall and sunshine.
Where to go while in DR Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo in the Central part of the African continent is recorded with several National Parks, Sanctuaries and Game reserves which provide habitat to different DR Congo’s recorded Wildlife species.
But the mostly and popularly known Parks which attracts in different tourists from different countries of the World include Virunga National Park which is popularly known as the oldest National Park in Africa and Kahuzi Biega National Park which are both located in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The other exciting place to go while in Democratic Republic of Congo is the active Mountain Nyiragongo volcano which is situated within the Virunga Massif near Goma town.
What to see while in DR Congo. There are several popularly known attractions to see while in Democratic Republic of Congo particularly different Wildlife species which include Wild animals like Elephants, Okapi, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Antelopes and more, apes which include species of both Mountain Gorillas in Virunga and Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Primates like Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, Black and White Colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Mangabey, Vervet, baboon, and more.
Other species to sight include Reptiles like chameleon, crocodiles, geckos, and snakes like black cobra, Egyptian cobra, python and more.
What to do while in DR Congo. The popularly known activities done while in Democratic Republic of Congo include Mountain and Lowland Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park respectively, Chimpanzee habituation walk in Tongo forest plus Mountain Nyiragongo hiking.
Nature of people in DR Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo is characterised with different tribes of people who are more welcoming to all visitors to the country, they like associating with other people from different countries of the World.
What’s the capital city of DR Congo? The Capital city of Democratic Republic of Congo is called Kinshasa and it’s ranked to be the largest city of Democratic Republic of Congo.
What to pack for a DR Congo Safari? Some of the most essential requirements to pack for a Safari in Democratic Republic of Congo include Wearing gears like enough clothes, shoes and more, some snacks for eating while on Safari, some medication recommended from your home doctor, insect repellents and other gadgets used during your leisure time like Personal computers, tablets, mobile phone, cameras, and more.
Is it safe to drink unboiled water in DR Congo? It’s not advisable to drink unboiled water while in Democratic Republic of Congo because you may affected by waterborne diseases. Its recommended that you buy packed water or if you book with a local tour operator ask for water if it’s not provided but am 100% sure that water for drinking will be provided on the start of your Safari.
Is it safe to book on last minute? It’s not advisable to book for a Safari or any other service in Democratic Republic of Congo on last minute because like if your Safari includes Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking or Golden monkey tracking you may book on last minute yet the permits are over so it’s better you book in time such that everything is arranged on time.
Which modes of payment are used for booking a DR Congo Safari? There are three acceptable means of payment including Wire transfer on to the bank account, pay by credit card or you pay your money in cash on arrival.
When you choose for a wire transfer it’s required that you do this in time because the wired money takes some number of days to reach on to the account, usually if you Safari includes Gorilla trekking you have to send money for the permit in time so paying on arrival mode cannot work for this case. Its better you inquire from your operator about their best suitable mode of payment.