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DRC At A Glance

DRC at a glance is a vast country with rich natural resources including rain forest, volcanos, glacial mountains, wildlife, and cultures. But, until recently it was under the clutches of civil war and corruption. DRC At A Glance will give the best guide to DRC Safaris.

DRC, officially known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, is landlocked and, located in central Africa, 25-mile (40-km) coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital Kinshasa is also the largest city in central Africa, it serves as the country’s official administrative, economic, and cultural center.

Basic Information

  • Official Name: the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Area: 2.34 million sq km (905,354 sq miles)
  • Capital: Kinshasa
  • Population: 81.5 million
  • Major languages: French, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 58 years (men), 61 years (women)
  • Currency: Congolese franc

Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960. From 1971 to 1997 the country was officially the Republic of Zaire by then ruler Gen, Mobutu Sese Seko. Later, it was renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Congo has seen the true horrors of devastating civil war. The conflicts officially ended in 2003. But the fighting continued in the eastern part of the country.

Congo is rich in natural resources with about half of the hydroelectric potential of the entire continent. Plus it has one of the largest forest reserves in Africa with vast deposits of industrial diamonds, cobalt, and copper.

DRC Borders

Congo is landlocked by the Central African Republic to the north and Sudan to the south.

Consequently, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania are to its eastern borders and Zambia to the southeast, Angola to the southwest.

Short Atlantic coastline, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and Congo (Brazzaville) are situated to the west of the country.

DRC Climate

DRC experiences a tropical climate with generally hot and humid conditions in the equatorial river basin. The southern highlands are cooler and drier though. Whereas the eastern highlands are cool and wet.

As the country is located on the equator, it undergoes great climatic variations to the north and south.

North Of The Equator

  • Rainy season:  April to October
  • Dry season: December to February.

South Of The Equator

  • Rainy season: November to March
  • Dry season: April to October.

The dry seasons are considered to be the Best Time To Visit DRC.

For more information about DRC Safaris and information regarding travel insurance or any other necessary details, visit Gazelle Safaris Africa today. Also, get the best option to explore DRC Travel Guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The dry seasons of December, January, and February are the Best Time To Visit DRC.

You must produce a visa issued by the nearest DRC Embassy to your country of residence. The easier way is to apply at the DRC embassy in your home country or country of residence.
Alternatively, you can let us process the visa on your behalf prior to commencement of your DRC Safaris.

Even though the official language Democratic Republic of Congo is French, there are a number of indigenous languages prevalently spoken in all parts of the country including Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo, and Tshiluba.

The DRC lies in two various time zone which is the West Africa Time (UTC+2) as well as the Central Africa Time (UTC+1)

Yes, though you have to be above eighteen years of age. You can purchase alcohol from the various supermarkets, food hubs, and bars.

Yes, tipping is accepted in DRC, though it’s not mandatory. The locals consider it as a polite way of appreciating the good service rendered to you. The amount however solely depends on you. Bear in mind that a 10% service charge is included in all your restaurant and hotel bills.

We do not recommend trying to obtain cash in DRC at this time. Instead, you can bring your cash. (either Uganda Shillings, Rwandan Francs, or US Dollars). Travelers’ cheques are not recommended as well.

It’s possible to visit parts of the DRC safely. Long gone those days when DRC was known to have a “heart of darkness”. Now DRC has opened its door to the whole world with open arms. DRC offers beautiful countryside and some of the continent’s most exciting trekking. But what will appeal you most is the warmth and genuine affection you’ll receive from its local people. However, the eastern region of the DRC is still a little troubled, so tour operators will arrange armed escorts to accompany travelers at all times.

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