Salonga National Park is the biggest forest national park in Africa and lies along the Congo river basin – between Kisangani and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park was established in 1956 but increased in size in 1970 and by 1984, Salonga National Park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Top game park in Congo. Salonga National park is mainly made up of wetlands, woodlands, grasslands and dense rainforests and in addition to the wide range of wildlife for you to view, Salonga is one of the best birding spots in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

KEY ACTIVITIES

Wildlife Viewing

The main wildlife species you can expect to find in the park include the Salonga monkey, bonobos, Angolan slender mongoose, African golden cats, leopards, Congo Peacocks, African slender-snouted crocodiles, long-tailed pangolin and the elusive Okapi just to mention a few.

Fishing

Salonga National Park in Congo is said to have a wide variety of fish species and tourists are often accorded the opportunity to fish along the river both for sport and for consumption during their stay.

Bird Watching

Over 300 bird species have been recorded at this National Park. Birders can therefore expect to see cattle egrets, black storks, yellow-billed stork, and many other beautiful birds that are endemic to the Salonga National Park area.

Cultural Experiences

Tourists will also have the opportunity to interact with the amazing Iyaelima people. Iyaelima people are an ethnic group with a population of about 2,500 that live in eight settlements in the southern part of the Salonga National Park (SNP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During your visit to this National Park, you will have the opportunity to tour their communities and get acquainted with their unique ways of life.

Getting to Salonga National Park

Salonga National Park is located 100km South of Boende and can be accessed by direct local chartered flights from Monkoto, Anga and Mundja airstrips.