Democratic Republic of Congo is located in the Central Part of Africa bordering South Sudan and Central African Republic in the North, Congo Brazzaville in the West, Angola and Zambia in the South, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the East, this country is among the biggest countries in the African Continent characterized with tropical rain forests, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, Montane forests, Bamboo forests and swampy areas.
Most visitors to Democratic Republic of Congo go with interest of seeing the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park and Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park combined with the mountain Nyiragongo Volcano hiking.
How to reach there? Democratic Republic of Congo is a country in the Central part of Africa which was constantly facing instabilities due to the attacks from the rebels but later in the pursuit of need for peace the government of Democratic Republic of Congo looked for all possible solutions and this issued was fixed since it was leading to high diminishing rate in the tourism sector which even led to the collapse of air transport means in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Currently for all travelers the best way of reaching Democratic Republic of Congo is by landing in Rwanda at Kigali airport and transfer up to Goma border, transfer from Kigali airport up to Goma border is done by driver from Eco Tours Congo and reaching border you will be required to clear with customs by presenting the required documents which include tourist Visa, Valid passport and yellow fever vaccination card.
Tourist Visa is the major requirement although even others are a must, this Congo tourist Visa is issued by the Virunga Foundation usually applied for through Eco Tours Congo, it’s advised to apply for this Visa in a minimum period of two weeks before you’re traveling dates because it’s processing takes a period of one week.
When applying for the Visa you are issued with a form for you to fill it and resend it back for approval such that a hard copy of the Visa is issued to you, this Visa costs $105 USD per person.
Valid Passport reading your names is also required at the customs for clearance plus valid yellow fever vaccination card approved by a qualified doctor from your home country indicating that you are free from yellow fever and other diseases.
After clearing at the customs Virunga Foundation will transfer you from Goma border using their stable safari jeeps up to your hotel of residence usually Mikeno Lodge for luxury and Kibumba tented Camp for mid-range.
Driver from Eco Tours Congo will be waiting for you at the customs of Goma border for a certain period of time depending on the number of days you are to spend in Democratic Republic of Congo and after your activities transfer from Goma border up to Kigali for other activities.