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Where is Democratic Congo?

Where is Democratic Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo, as it is now known, was formerly known as Zaire. It is also referred to as DR Congo or DRC and is a country in Central Africa. Democratic Republic of Congo is the eleventh largest country in the world and the second largest in Africa.

It is bordered by the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Republic of Congo to the north, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to the east, Angola and Zambia to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Where is Democratic Congo geographically? DRC is nestled in sub-Saharan Africa and experiences tropical climate with high precipitation and annual rainfall. It is known for its diverse geography, boasting the second largest rainforest in the world, the Congo Rainforest, as well as many mountainous regions, lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. The Congolian Forests make a broad belt of lowland tropical biospheres, stretching through most part of the country.

Kinshasa, the capital city of DRC, is also the largest city with a population of approximately 11,116,000 inhabitants. In fact, it is the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris. The city is largely urbanized and serves as the major route to domestic tourism from other parts of the world. Kinshasa, along with Brazzaville, is based on the opposite sides of the Ubangi River that is channeled from the Albertine Rift Mountains, forming the second largest flow and watershed of rivers in the world.

While there are many historic and developed places to Visit in Democratic Congo, the country is best known for its nature and wildlife tourism. Due to the tropical climate of the country, it has an abundance of biodiversity, having five national parks all of which are designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Salonga National Park, located on the basin of Congo River, is the largest tropical rainforest in Africa that expands into four provinces of the country. The Salonga National Park has rainforest lodges and guided tours of the wildlife and exotic and rainforest bird sighting.

The Garamba National Park is another one of the most popular places to visit in Democratic Congo. The park is popular for African elephant tours where tourists can also take animal rides. Rental accommodation, lodging and dining are available at different designated areas of the park. Other parks including Virunga National Park, Kahuzi-Biega National Park and Okapi Wildlife Reserve now largely feature protected areas as a countermeasure to poaching.