Nyiragongo and Mikeno Volcanoes at dusk

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Incredible encounters and photographic opportunities with Gorillas

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Nyiragongo volcano - the planet's largest lava lake

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Walking with elephants on the Ishasha River near Lake Edward and Uganda's Queen Elizabeth NP

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The Mikeno Sector - a stronghold of the Mountain Gorilla

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Up very close and personal with a Silverback

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the Congo

One of Africa's least visited, yet most intriguing, regions

Visit the Congo

Confusingly there are two Congos - the Democratic Republic of Congo (aka the DRC) and the Republic of Congo (aka Congo-Brazzaville). The DRC is the size of Western Europe, stretching from the Atlantic to Lake Tanganyka and lying largely south of the eponymous river - it was most recently called Zaire and before that the Belgian Congo and the Congo Free State (although Free it was not). Congo-Brazzaville lies entirely north of the Congo River and is approximately a seventh of the size of its southern neighbour. Both countries have limited, although incredible, safari opportunities within the planet's second largest rainforest which runs through them both.

The DR Congo is a veritable wildlife cornucopia with such iconic endemics as Bonobo, Grauer's Gorilla, Okapi and Congo Peacock all surviving in the planet's second largest rainforest. 

For the last quarter of a century naturalists and adventurers could really only look longingly in from afar - as a combination of political instability, a lack of infrastructure, deep-rooted corruption and centuries of commercial and colonial exploitation limited holistic development.

Happily, we now appear to be on the cusp of a real change and while a visit to this incredible country remains challenging, it is no longer impossible - you can see a sample trip here.

Several National Parks have survived the turmolt and are currently enjoying a new lease of life, foremost among them is the Virunga National Park, due to a combination of improved civil security and increased international interest.

photo credit Volcanoes at dusk & First Class Accomodation -  Brent Stirton

The Congo's parks

Just some of the places we'd recommend visiting in The Congo

The Congo's Top Spots

We tailor-make your trip so it’s unique to you. Here are some examples of one-off adventures we’ve planned before.

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Our team

Our experienced travellers include:

Alex Edwards
Andrea Hulme
Catherine Ronan

It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary. All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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