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The Democratic Republic of Congo Unwrapped

The Democratic Republic of Congo Unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel. Why visit? They say that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the country around which all other African countries revolve and that you can only truly know Africa if you know the DRC. Two-thirds the size of Western Europe and home to nearly 300 different languages and tribes, the DRC is a country of vast jungles and dark corners, endangered primates and tribal strongholds, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes....

Congo creates new park

Congo creates new park

The Republic of Congo has officially created its fifth national park, lending protection to great apes, forest elephants and other threatened wildlife. The new Ogooué-Leketi National Park spans 3,500 sq km, and forms a transboundary protected area of more than 5,500 sq km with Batéké Plateau National Park in neighbouring Gabon. The area is a unique patchwork of large rolling savannahs on sandy hills, interrupted by strips of dense forests and river valleys. It is home to several threatened...

Beating the drums in Burundi

Beating the drums in Burundi

Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson recently returned from a week-long visit to this small East African nation. Here’s what she made of it. (All images by Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson). Why Burundi? It is little known and little visited; and there’s no guide book. “Where’s that?” asked the lady on the other end of the telephone when I applied for travel insurance. I explained: it’s next to Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had wanted to visit Burundi for many years,...

The magic of Odzala

The magic of Odzala

None of us here at Travel Africa have visited Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo. But, boy, do we want to! We've known about it for a long time, and met several people who have been and raved about it. By all accounts it's a long journey to get there, but it clearly doesn't disappoint as a wilderness or wildlife destination, offering experiences and opportunities unavailable anywhere else. So we were thrilled when we started working with...

Navigating Gabon’s unchartered waters

Navigating Gabon’s unchartered waters

At Travel Africa we love learning about tours that reach into relatively untrammelled parts of Africa; trips that offer a real sense of venturing into the unknown, while helping a fledgling tourism industry take root. So when we heard of Secret Compass' new expedition pack rafting down Gabon's Ivindo River, we were keen to hear about their reconnaissance trip Bucket-lists, top 10 blah blah blahs, and a never-ending stream of ‘adventure’ selfies. The Internet can be very good at...

Zakouma National Park: A conservation success story

Zakouma National Park: A conservation success story

Described as one of the last strongholds of Central African wildlife, Zakouma National Park in Chad is renowned for its free-roaming herds of elephants. Despite its history of terrible poaching, there has been only one incident inside the park since 2011 and elephant numbers are on the rise. This is largely due to the work of African Parks, which took over the running of the park in 2010. Their anti-poaching efforts have rendered Zakouma a conservation success story. Rian...

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