Republic of the Congo

Vast jungles and vibrant birdlife

The threaded rivers and tendrils of the savannah provide a natural home to a wonderful diversity of wildlife. This wilderness contains more than 1,000 bird species, including flocks of green parrots, 700 types of fish, and over 10,000 plant species. There are also thought to be 100,000 western lowland gorillas in the Congo Basin, along with large populations of forest buffalo, forest elephant, and bongo. Currently, the Republic of the Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua National Park is the only place where it is possible to meet habituated family groups of western lowland gorillas.

Established in 1935, it is one of Africa’s oldest national parks and includes within its 13,600 sq kms dense tracts of rainforest, areas of savannah, forest bais, and wide, lazy rivers. Wildlife-viewing here is very different to that on a conventional safari because most excursions are by small boat or on foot rather than in a
vehicle. This makes for a uniquely sensory experience with just the sounds of the rainforest as anatural backdrop

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Republic of the Congo when to travel


Full Name
Republic of the Congo
4.8 million
342,000 sq km (132,047 sq miles)
Major Languages
French (official) and indigenous African languages
Major Religion
Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Monetary Unit
CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc
Main Exports
Flight time from London
11 hours (via Paris)
Time Difference
GMT + 1
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