Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Overview

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a large country in the heart of Africa. Tropical rain forest covers most of the northern part of Congo, being one of the world’s largest and thickest rain forests it has an extraordinary variety of trees and other plants. The forest is so thick that sunlight seldom reaches parts of its floor.

The mighty Congo River flows through the forest and is one of the country’s chief means of transportation. Many kinds of wild animals live in Congo.

CLIMATE

Congo’s land includes three distinct regions: tropical rain forest, savannas, and highland. Daytime temperatures in the rain forest average about 90 °F (32 °C). Temperatures in the savannas average about 75 °F (24 °C). The savannas receive little or no rain for several months each year. Daytime temperatures in the highland average about 70 °F (21 °C). Annual rainfall totals about 48 inches.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Kinshasa
POPULATION: 66.5 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: Franc Congolais
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +243
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 1 (west); GMT/UTC + 2 (east)

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to eastern and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This includes entering DRC from Uganda and Rwanda. The only exception to this is within the town of Bukavu, including entering it from Rwanda, where we advise against all but essential travel. This is due to continued insecurity and lawlessness in these areas. Instability and fighting between the Congolese army and insurgents in North Kivu province have led to very high numbers of civilians being displaced. There has been recent heavy fighting in areas close to the town of Goma. A local ceasefire has been declared but the situation remains volatile and can change at any time.

We advise against all but essential travel to the rest of DRC because of continuing tension and insecurity. The situation can deteriorate at short notice.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk