The Democratic Republic of Congo, once called Zaire, is Africa’s second-largest country. It shares borders with South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, and the Republic of Congo. The capital, Kinshasa, is the most populous city in Africa, with around 14,950,000 residents. It’s also the second-largest French-speaking city on the continent. The high population in Kinshasa is due to insecurity in some parts of the country and better job opportunities and social services.

Congo is rich in natural resources, including gold, diamonds, and oil. The Shinkolobwe Mines in the country provided the uranium ore for the first atomic bombs. Beyond minerals, Congo is a haven for wildlife lovers. It houses unique species like the okapi, bongo, bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees), Congolese Peafowl, and eastern lowland gorillas. Tourists can track both wild mountain gorillas and Grauer’s gorillas only in Congo. The country also boasts active volcanoes, waterfalls, and cultural experiences with tribes like the Mbuti Pygmies, who maintain a lifestyle from over 10,000 years ago. Visitors can spend a week with the Mbuti Pygmies and return with fascinating stories. Additionally, there are remarkable physical features like the Nyiragongo Volcano.