NATIONAL PARKS IN CONGO
Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast nation in Central Africa. It is at the middle of the dense Equatorial jungle of Africa.
As a result of political instability, Congo’s protected areas have been at stake with a lot of attack on biodiversity including intense elephant killing for ivory. But nevertheless the demarcations still stand and the biodiversity is rejuvenating following the defeat of the some of the major rebel groups in the area including the M23.
The National Parks of Congo include Virunga National Park with counts of mountain gorillas, elephants and the Virunga Volcanoes, Garamba National Park a world heritage site with extensive savannah woodland and grassland, four (4) large mammals including elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus and the white rhinoceros, the KahuziBiega National Park which is a extends over a primary tropical forest featuring two spectacular extinct volcanoes ofKahuzi and Biega that form the background for its naming. The KahuziBiega shelters the population of the eastern lowland gorillas, Salonga National Park which is the largest tropical rainforest reserve in Africa only accessible by water and shelters unique species like dwarf chimpanzee, African slender-snouted or 'false' crocodile, Congo peacock and the forest elephant. The Upemba National Park extends in the Katanga Province to the south west of Congo forming largest National Park in the area.
The National Parks of Congo present a natural habitat to a range of species including the endangered mountain gorillas and also attract counts of world travellers to undertake safaris in Congo thus contributing to national development.
Salonga National Park
Salonga National Park is Africa’s largest tropical rainforest national park located in the Congo River basin. It stretches into the provinces of Bandundu, Equateur, Kasaï Occidental and Kasaï Oriental. The Salonga is a remote wilderness, primarily accessible by water or air. It is comprised of two land blocks of roughly equal size, separated by a 40 km corridor.
Virunga National Park
The Virunga National Park originally known as Albert National Park lies in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the frontier with Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains in the North and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in the East. The park is part of Lake Edward, the Semliki River valley, parts of the Rwindi, Ishasha and Rutshuru valleys south of the lake, the Virunga area within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and part of the Rwenzori range.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is perfectly located in eastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo along the western bank of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan frontier. The famous park was established in 1970 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 1980 due to its unique biodiversity of rainforest habitat and its endangered species of eastern lowland gorillas.