The Democratic Republic of Congo and its stylish landscapes

Also known as Congo-Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a country located in the heart of Central Africa. With a surface area of more than 2.3 million km², it is the 3rd largest country in Africa. The landscapes vary widely from one end of the country to another.
In the north, you will discover one of the largest equatorial forests in the world. If you head east, you will notice a complete change of scenery, with great lakes, hills, mountains and even volcanoes. In the centre and the south of the country, you will find yourself in the heart of a tree-covered savannah. To the west, you will discover mountain ranges overlooking the Atlantic ocean in the far west.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is crossed by the equator, and so the climate varies between equatorial, tropical and mountainous.. Air France offers regular flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo all year round. Don't forget to check the entry requirements before your departure..

Natural parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo will let you discover unique and protected fauna in its many natural parks. One of the largest is the Kahuzi-Biega Park. Here you will have the opportunity to see more than 100 gorillas in an area of 6 000 km². Located in the most densely inhabited region of the country, the Kivu, it is divided into two regions with a shady forest and a virgin forest. To the north-east of the country, the Garamba National Park offers a remarkable spectacle with its colony of white rhinoceros. The savannah, the forests and the prairies are also home to giraffes, hippopotamus and elephants. The Salonga National Park is the largest wetland tropical forest reserve in the world. It offers varied vegetation in an area of more than 30 000 km².

Discover the ethnic diversity of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has more than 75 million inhabitants. The official language is French, but Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tchiluba are also recognised as national languages. The population is made up of several hundred different ethnic groups. The main groups are the Bantu (accounting for nearly 80% of the population), the Sudanese, the Nilotics, the Pygmies and the Hamites. This diversity in the population gives the country its uniquely rich culture, with widely differing religions, traditions and rites. Always welcoming, the population will be delighted to introduce you to their ways and customs.
The musical culture is firmly embedded in the country. Its traditional music, including the rumba and ndombolo, is well known beyond its borders.

Preparing your visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo