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