Republic of the Congo

Straddling the Equator, the Republic of the Congo (aka Congo-Brazzaville – not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in the heart of the Congo Basin, the world’s largest tropical rainforest region after the Amazon.

The country is bordered to the north by the Central African Republic, to the north-west by Cameroon, to the east and south by the DRC, to the south-west by the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and to the west by Gabon.  Between Gabon and Cabinda there are 100 miles of wild Atlantic coastline.

Around 60% of the country is lowland tropical rainforests, home to a remarkably rich diversity of flora and fauna including western lowland gorilla, forest elephant, chimpanzee, various colobus monkeys and the bongo.

Facing the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, across the Congo River, Brazzaville is the country’s capital and the largest city in terms of population and employment. Pointe-Noire, on the Atlantic coast, is the Republic of Congo’s main port and second city, where Congolese oil is refined.

With one of the richest and most biologically important – yet least visited –forest ecosystems on the planet, a visit to the Republic of the Congo is a must for lovers of off-the-beaten track adventure and rare, endangered wildlife. By visiting pristine national parks such as Odzala, one contributes to their conservation and protection from unsustainable exploitation.

Republic of the Congo Wildlife Holiday Ideas

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The Wonderful Wildlife of My Congo

Republic of the Congo
13 Days from £7205
Most of our clients are interested in general natural history – Mother Nature ...

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Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel

Republic of the Congo
South Congo
Occupies a privileged position overlooking the Congo River towards Kinshasa....

Mboko Camp

Republic of the Congo
North Congo
Ideally located inside Odzala-Kokoua National Park....

Ngaga Camp

Republic of the Congo
North Congo
Perched above a forest clearing surrounded by dense marantaceae forest....

Lango Camp

Republic of the Congo
North Congo
Located on a baie in the south-central part of Odzala-Kokoua National Park...

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Republic of the Congo: -4.269440, 15.271200

Best Time To Visit Republic of the Congo

June to September, and mid-December to March are the driest periods. The air can be quite hazy at these times, with lower humidity, although rain showers are still possible. During the wetter months there is a mix of tropical rainstorms and sustained periods of clear blue skies providing beautiful light for photography.

Travel Info

Flight Time
Approximately 11 hours via Paris and 14 hours via Addis Ababa.

Time Zone
GMT +1

Best visited
June to September

Language Spoken
French (official), Lingala, and Monokutuba plus many local languages and dialects.

Population
4.8 million

Area Specialist

John Melton
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At Lango Camp, stay up late to watch fascinating (if rather noisy) elephant nocturnal activity.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Republic of the Congo please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965