DRC Game Parks

Garamba National Park

Garamba National Park

Established by Belgian Royal Decree in 1938, Garamba National Park became of the first Game parks in Africa and was proclaimed a UNESCO heritage site in 1980.

History of Garamba National Park
Garamba was listed as a “World Heritage In Danger” in 1996 due to the threat to the remaining northern white rhino, although the species is now presumed to be extinct. In the late 1970s, Garamba’s wildlife came under immense pressure, predominantly from commercial Sudanese poachers. During this period, elephant numbers dropped from an estimated 22,000 to...

Kahuzi-Biega DRC

Kahuzi-Biega Game Park DRC

Made a National Park in 1970 has an area of 750 square kilometres, Kahuzi-Biega comprised of two impressive extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi (9,153ft) and Biega (1,085ft). The park has diverse and abundant fauna but was created primarily to preserve the the gorillas habitats.

The pair of volcanoes are the two highest peaks in the Mitumba Range along the western shore of Lake Kivu in the Great Rift Valley. Dian Fossey, the American zoologist started her work in this park for the gorillas. In 1975 the park was increased to 6,000 square kilometres to...

Nyiragongo Active Volcano

Active Volcanoe in DRC Nyiragongo

Nyiragongo, located in the Western branch of the Rift Valley near Lake Kivu and the Congolese-Rwandese border, is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It is notorious for its lava lake and producing lateral eruptions with extremely fluid, fast-moving lava flows that repeatedly devastated areas around the volcano, such as the Goma desaster on January 2002, when a lava flow destroyed much of the city's commercial center and promted 200,000 people to flee.

The large lava lake contained in its deep summit crater, now active again, became...

Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Okapi Wildlife Reserve DRC

Established in 1992 and listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, the Okapi Wildlife reserve helps protect the habitat of the okapi and preserve rare plant and animal life, as well as the lifestyle and culture of indigenous people in the area the reserve is located.

The covers 13,700 square kilometers (1.5 times the area of Yellowstone National Park) of the Ituri Forest – one of the most important centers of plant and animal diversity in Africa – in the northeastern portion of the DRC.

The largest population of okapi, forest elephants and...

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park DRC

Formerly Albert National Park, Virunga Park stretches from the Virunga Mountains to the Rwenzori Mountains in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Parc de Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda.

Virunga Park was established 1925 covering an area of 7,800 square kilometres and was Africa’s first national park. It was classified as a world heritage site in 1979 and is managed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) – Congolese National Park authorities....

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