The Democratic Republic of Congo, formely named Zaire (i.e "great river" in local African language) is located in west-central Africa. It is bordered by the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, the Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one-quarter the size of the U.S.Central Africa.
If you want to explore a wild place, untamed and full of adventure, then Congo may be your ticket.
Vast rainforests and active volcanoes give tourists plenty of opportunities to indulge their inner Indiana Jones. Mountain gorillas, giraffes and rare white rhinos among other animal species, are part of this virgin land. Congolese are warm and hospitable and the country boasts some of the best music in Africa. The country' s biggest star musicians can fill the biggest clubs from Paris to Jahannesburg.
Souvernirs here are very interesting containing many centuries of tribal and colonial heritage. Head to the markets and look for stunning wooden masks and statues, handmade jewellery, woven clothes, pottery and ceramic sculptures.
Very few people know about travel in this part of the world, but Democratic Republic of Congo offers tourists many unique opportunities to see wildlife, indigenous cultures, and geological wonders not found easily or anywhere else in Africa. In the DRC, you can trek to see both mountain and lowland gorillas in wild, meet pygmies still practising their traditional way of life in the forests, spot bonobos and okapi, 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 the Nyiragongo .