- 1 Overview of Democratic Republic of the Congo
- 2 Can I go hiking?
- 3 Isn’t it dangerous?
- 4 Does the World Care?
- 5 What about insurance?
- 6 Where should I go?
- 7 Hidden cost of mobile phones, computers, stereos and VCRs?
- 8 So is it actually safe to visit?
- 9 Where can I find out more?
- 10 Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
- 11 The Democratic Republic of Congo: is it safe to visit?
- 12 Why should I go?
- 13 How do I get there and around?
- 14 Looks like you’re in Germany! ????
- 15 What is happening in Democratic Republic of Congo?
- 16 Looks like you’re in the UK! ????
- 17 What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
- 18 Why go?
- 19 History of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Overview of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Can I go hiking?
With its expanse of vast mountain ranges and thick rainforest, the DRC offers some top-notch hiking.There are lots of options in Virunga National Park, including various hikes to see the legendary mountain gorillas, but adventurous hikers will also want to tackle Mount Nyiragongo.
Isn’t it dangerous?
It’s true that the DRC is a deeply troubled country.Beginning with the arrival of Europeans in the late fifteenth century, and the subsequent colonisation in 1885 by Belgium, extensive pillaging of the country’s rich natural resources, slavery and war mar its history.
Does the World Care?
I am convinced now … that the lives of Congolese people no longer mean anything to anybody.Not to those who kill us like flies, our brothers who help kill us or those you call the international community.… Even God does not listen to our prayers any more and abandons us.
What about insurance?
Many insurance companies refuse to provide cover for areas under a travel warning, so if you already have a policy, check it’s valid in the DRC before you go.
Where should I go?
There are only a couple of regions of the DRC that travellers can visit at present.One of these is the spectacular Virunga National Park, home to about a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.This is Africa’s oldest national park and is famed for its thick forest, towering mountain peaks and ancient swamps.
Hidden cost of mobile phones, computers, stereos and VCRs?
The ore, Columbite-tantalite, or coltan for short, isn’t perhaps as well known as some of the other resources and minerals.However, the demand for the highly prized tantalum that comes from the refined coltan has enormous impacts, as highlighted by a recent U.N.
So is it actually safe to visit?
It’s possible to visit parts of the DRC safely.The safest and most touristed areas of the country are Goma, Virunga National Park and Bukavu in in the east, and the capital Kinshasa in the west.
Where can I find out more?
For more information about visiting Virunga National Park, head to visitvirunga.org, and to understand more about the challenges of protecting the DRC’s wildlife watch Virunga Movie.If you’re visiting Kinshasha, kinshasa-congo.com has some useful information on the city.
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries.Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
The Democratic Republic of Congo: is it safe to visit?
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been known for too long as the ‘heart of darkness’, but it rewards intrepid travellers with beautiful countryside and some of the continent’s most exciting trekking.
Why should I go?
There is something magical about the DRC.The expansive countryside is alive with colourful flowers, flourishing fruits and luscious green plants.Here, towering mountain peaks are garnished with wisps of mist and giant primates roam the rainforests, munching juicy leaves, swinging from vines and rolling playfully in the dirt.
How do I get there and around?
It’s difficult to obtain a visa for the DRC without having a tour booked through a reputable company.If you’re travelling independently, it’s best to book your accommodation, transport and activities in advance and use these details for your visa.
Looks like you’re in Germany! ????
This is our US website.If you’d like to make a donation or sign-up for email updates please visit our Germany website.
What is happening in Democratic Republic of Congo?
In 2019, MSF teams worked in 21 of DRC’s 26 provinces, providing a wide range of services including general and specialist health care, nutrition, vaccinations, surgery, pediatric care, support for victims of sexual violence, as well as treatment and prevention activities for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), measles, cholera, and Ebola.
Looks like you’re in the UK! ????
This is our US website.If you’d like to make a donation or sign-up for email updates please visit our UK website.
What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance.See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them.For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.
Despite some of the political and social problems, Congo (both countries) still holds a powerful allure for travellers to Africa searching for something a little different, on the road less travelled.Whether you venture into the Republic of Congo, with its unique parks and lowland gorillas, or delve into the DRC in search of mountain gorillas in Virunga, visiting these forests is a life-changing experience, and a true voyage into the heart of untouched Africa.