TRAVEL to CONGO

HOME TO THE FAMOUS MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, THE LEGENDARY CONGO RIVER AND THE LARGEST LAVA LAKE IN THE WORLD

THE MYTH

For many an Africa lover the Congo brings forth images of deep jungles and mighty rivers. Deep into the 19th century the interior of the Congo remained a mystery to the Western World. Only after Stanley finished his epic journey across the continent did the first details of the countries interior reach the west. What reached them were stories of wonder and legend, small people and great apes, fire breathing mountains and an endless river.

THE HISTORY

One and a half centuries later the Congo has changed a lot, but remains one of the most elusive countries on the continent. The troubled post colonial times kept most people away and over the years the natural wonders the DRC has to offer have faded in travelers memories.

THE ADVENTURE

However there is good news……..not only can you visit Congo, but it is more accessible than most would think and offers some of the most spectacular nature in Africa. The inspiration for Inspired Journeys comes from working and travelling in the Congo and the wonders it has to offer to the inspired travelers that dare to venture here. We hope you will join us on a journey to one of the most amazing places on this earth!

Scroll down for more details on what potential adventures lie ahead of you.

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

Primates, active volcanoes and the largest ice field in Africa

OUR HISTORY WITH VIRUNGA

It was in Virunga where the basis for Inspired Journeys was formed. 2 of our founders used to work for the National Park and developed a deep affection and respect for the park and the people that protect it. We think Virunga is one of the most spectacular and wild places on the planet and that a visit here will be a mind opening experience for anyone. Virunga continues to inspire us.

THE BASICS

Virunga National park is a 7,800 square kilometer World Heritage Site, that lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is just over the border from Rwanda and Uganda.

Virunga is Africa’s oldest National Park and is considered one of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks in the world, containing savannas, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, congolese rain forests, active volcanoes and the ice fields of the Rwenzori Mountains.

The park provides a home to numerous species of wildlife, including over 200 of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas and a small population of eastern lowland gorillas. For bird lovers Virunga is a paradise  with East African birds, rift valley endemics as well as rain forest species all coming together.

HOW TO TRAVEL TO VIRUNGA AND WHAT TO DO?

Virunga National park is a place of inspiration and we strongly support the management of Virunga in its efforts to protect Virunga, and we hope you will too. Have a look at the National Park website to get to know more about their efforts. Click here for more information about Virunga.

KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK

Travelling Congo to see the Eastern Lowland Gorillas

THE BASICS

Kahuzi-Biega lies west of Bukavu town in South Kivu Province, covering an area of 6000 km2. A small part of the park covers the Mitumba Mountain range of the Albertine Rift in the Great Rift Valley, and the larger part is in lowland terrain. A corridor of 7.4 kilometres width joins the mountainous and lowland terrain. The eastern part of the park is the smaller mountainous region measuring 600 square kilometres (230 sq mi); the larger part measures 5,400 square kilometres and consists mainly of lowland stretching from Bukavu to Kisangani, drained by the Luka and Lugulu rivers which flow into the Lualaba River.

THE MOUNTAINS AND THE GORILLAS

Two dormant volcanoes are set within the park’s limits and lend their names to it: Kahuzi (3,308 metres) and Biéga (2,790 metres). The Park’s primary attraction are the Eastern Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla Beringei Graueri), and remains one of the few and most accessible locations to visit the Lowland Gorillas. Although a different sub-species from the Mountain Gorillas, Kahuzi-Biega was one of the filming locations for Gorillas in the Mist and the “attacking” silver back scenes of the movie were shot here.

HOW TO VISIT

A visit to Kahuzi-Biega can be easily combined with visits to Virunga National Park as well as with Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda, offering you a chance to see all three great apes of eastern Africa in one trip.

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GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK

The front line of elephant conservation

THE HISTORY

Garamba National Park, located in Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, was established in 1938. One of Africa’s oldest National Parks, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Garamba was home to the world’s last known wild population of Northern White Rhinoceros. Due to poaching of the rhinos within the park, it was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in 1996. Unfortunately during the war in the late 90’s the Rhino’s were lost and currently the last remaining white Rhino’s all live in captivity in Kenya (Ol Pejeta Conservancy) where a breeding program is trying to maintain the species.

CURRENT MANAGEMENT

Garamba is currently under management by African Parks, a conservation organization working on reviving struggling National Parks, they have succeeded in regaining some control over the park, and current anti focus lies on anti poaching to maintain the large elephant populations.

HOW TO TRAVEL TO GARAMBA

A comfortable tourism lodge was built which now make Garamba worth a visit, although logistics of getting there remain a challenge and require a chartered airplane. Please contact us for more information about how to visit Garamba.

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CONGO RIVER

The artery through the heart of the Congolese rain forest

The Congo has much more to offer, primarily its namesake the river Congo. One of the mightiest rivers on the continent. Capturing and guiding (nearly) all rain water captured in the entire Congo and guiding it to the Atlantic through some of the densest rain-forest in the world.

For the truly adventurous traveler, we can organize multi week trips up or down river along the Congo river in wooden boats of varying comfort levels. River trips can be combined with Bonobo trekking, Goliath tiger fish fishing and a multitude of cultural encounters along the river.

These expeditions are highly customized and take time to arrange, but are well worth the effort! please drop us a line if you are interested in one of these truly inspiring trips.