Tourism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Tourism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is uncommon. Tourists can see wildlife, indigenous cultures,[1] and geological phenomena not found easily or anywhere else in Africa.

In the capital city, Kinshasa, limited tourism opportunities exist. In downtown Kinshasa an ivory market exists where other than the obvious, Congolese art, tribal masks, and other beautiful goods can be procured. Outside of Kinshasa is a bonobo preserve called Lola Ya Bonobo.[2] In Kinshasa visits to the Congo River or the city golf course or downtown restaurants can be nice.

Tourists can can trek to see both mountain and lowland gorillas in wild,[3] meet pygmies still practising their traditional way of life in the forests, spot bonobos[4] and okapi[5]—two rare species not found anywhere else on earth, and climb to the summits of active volcanoes and see a boiling lava lake in the crater of Mount Nyiragongo. The DRC has experienced frequent unrest in the eastern part of the country.

Primate trips are cheaper in the DRC than in neighboring Rwanda or Uganda.

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  1. ^ Hudman, Lloyd E.; Richard H. Jackson (2003). Geography of travel & tourism. Cengage Learning. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-7668-3256-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.friendsofbonobos.org
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Mary; Tom Parkinson; Nick Ray (2006). East Africa. Lonely Planet. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-74104-286-3. 
  4. ^ UNEP year book. United Nations Environment Programme. 2008. p. 11. ISBN 978-92-807-2877-4. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Holly; Larry West (2008). Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear. Frommer's. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-470-18986-3.