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Located right in the heart of Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in the continent by area. This wide geography not only adds an economic and cultural prosperity to Congo, but also increases the country’s diversity in species. Naturally, Congo becomes a more attractive destination each passing day. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean by a short shoreline to the southwest, the country draws interest by its emerging economy thanks to the oil reservoirs, as well as the world’s most qualified tobacco, coffee and cacao production.
If you are dreaming of an unforgettable vacation in Congo shining out by its natural marvels, national parks and colorful culture, take a look at the flight tickets now to take your first step towards an adventurous holiday with the privileged opportunities of Turkish Airlines.
Flights to Congo with Turkish Airlines take off from Istanbul Airport (IST) and land at N’djili International Airport (FIH) in the country’s capital Kinshasa. The duration of the journeys in this route is nearly seven hours and forty five minutes. Flights to Lubumbashi International Airport (FBM) in Lubumbashi, another significant city of Congo, are operated as connecting, and the duration of the journey varies by the layover.
As a country with an equatorial climate, Congo is always warm throughout the year and accordingly can be visited at all seasons. If you got bored with going to the seaside in summer vacations, you may have a distinctive experience in the enthralling rainforests of Congo; or spend the New Year here for a celebration with great enthusiasm.
The celebrations of Heroes’ Day held in the 4thof January every year, is a significant event to get to know the country’s cultural and historical fabric. If you are planning to visit Congo for New Year, you may extend your stay a couple of days more to witness these celebrations.
It is also possible to attend the parades of the Liberation Day in June 30 to observe the local culture on site by watching the colorful shows.
The country’s capital Kinshasa hosts more than one-tenth of the population and serves as the first stop of the visits to Congo. The National Museum of Kinshasa established by the country’s Academy of Fine Arts, shines out as the top visited museum of both the city and the country by its splendid collections. Providing an insight into the cultural background of Africa and Congo, the museum exhibits above 45 thousand works, including but not limited to the mask collections, musical instruments, ethnographic objects and statues.
Another popular tourist attraction in the capital Kinshasa is the Zongo Falls. Being one of the most important water supplies giving life to the country’s tropical forests, Zongo Falls is situated on a fascinating spot where the world’s ninth largest river Zongo flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Boyoma Falls of Lualaba River near Kisangani is also worth-seeing. You may easily go hunting in Boyoma, which is also one of the favorite places of fishery lovers worldwide.
It would be recommendable to add to your must-see list Lola ya Bonobo, which is both worth-seeing and needs your support. Located in Kimwenza at the south of the capital, Lola ya Bonobo is the one and only center worldwide established to put bonobos, the dwarf chimpanzee species under protection. It is possible to rent a car for reaching Lola ya Bonobo in a comfortable way. It would be advantageous to have a vehicle of your own during your stay, since many attractions in Congo are far from the city centers.
Congo hosts numerous natural marvels which are under protection. Kahuzi-Biega National Park, which is included in UNESCO World Heritage List is simply a captivating spot, bringing in many travelers to Congo every year. Established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and naturalist Adrien Deschryver on an area of 6 thousand square kilometers, this national park offers tours to exceedingly satisfy the nature lovers. The site encircled by both mountains and plains is known as the largest and most significant national park countrywide, providing a chance to see the endangered Eastern lowland gorilla. Make sure to also visit the Lake Kivu, which is very close to the national park. Idjwi, the second largest inland island in Africa with a surface area of 340 square kilometers located in Lake Kivu is truly worth-seeing as well.
Another noteworthy national park in Congo is Maiko National Park. Although situated at the farthest point in the country, this natural site is one of the rarest places to see Congo peafowl, okapi and Eastern Lowland gorilla. Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, surrounded by tropical rainforests as home to more than 300 bird species, in addition to many species like elephants, monkeys and chimpanzees is a delightful location in an enthralling atmosphere, offering pleasant canoe tours to explore around. Virunga National Park and L’upemba National Park which ranks among the top richest parks of Africa in terms of species diversity, together with Okapi Wildlife Reserve included in UNESCO World Heritage List are ideal places for the nature lovers, providing peerless experiences.
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