Republic of Congo
A surprising central African gem

Where wildlife flourishes and traditional Pygmy cultures persist.


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Traveler Reviews

Destination Details

With seemingly endless pristine tropical forest and fingers of moist savannah, and covering an area of almost 342 000 square kilometers, The Republic of Congo holds a population of a mere 4 million people. 70% live in the south-west ,in the urban centres of Brazzaville (the capital) and Pointe-Noire (the major port); the rest of the country is sparsely populated and largely pristine.

The economy is a mixture of subsistence agriculture, an industrial sector based largely on oil and support services, and government spending. Oil has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports.

The northern rainforests in the heart of the Congo Basin comprise the world’s second-largest expanse of tropical rainforest. Rivers such as the Sangha, Mambili and the mighty Congo drain this basin and provide a means of exploration through dense forests and access to remote national parks such as Odzala-Kokoua, Nouabale-Ndoki and Conkouati-Douli. It is in these areas that sendemic wildlife flourishes and traditional Pygmy cultures persist.

Ways To Go

  • Untouched Odzala

    Untouched Odzala

    Congo (Brazzaville): The Lowland Gorillas and Safari

    Seven day safari and gorilla trek experience in Brazzaville and Odzala-Kokoua National Park.  

Recommended Books

  • Forests of Central Africa: Nature and Man by Jean Pierre Vande Weghe
  • Congo Journey by Redmond O'Hanlan
  • Bradt Travel Guide: Congo

Recommended Movies

  • Odzala - Islands in the Forest (2008), National Geographic
  • Living with Gorillas (2008), National Geographic
  • Mystery Gorilla (2008), National Geographic

Traveler Resources

Our destination experts provide the "know before you go" details that take the guess work out of packing and preparing for this journey of a lifetime.  Use our links below to get an idea of climate, weather and recommendations from the State Department.

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