Democratic Republic of Congo
The largest and most populated country in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo is often referred to as D.R Congo or Congo-Kinshasa, to distinguish it from its neighbour the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville. D.R Congo is a destination for seasoned travellers, not backpackers or anyone looking for a luxury safari holiday. This is an extreme adventure, filled with lush rainforests, thundering rivers and rocky volcanoes. The country’s tragic and often violent past has meant that there are warnings in place for those considering travel here, but those who do make the journey are rewarded with an immersive African experience they’ll never forget.
Travel Health Information
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If you are planning a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, check advice for your specific destination before you travel. Some areas of the country are advised against for all visitors, due to political unrest, armed violence at protests and demonstrations. The security situation may cause flights to be cancelled, roads to be closed and public services to be suspended without notice. You may not be able to get assistance in leaving the country during a crisis, so always have a contingency plan.
For those travellers who do make the trip to D. R. Congo, you should be constantly aware of the risk of street crime and other attacks at all times. Foreigners may be a target. Medical care in the country is extremely limited. If you become ill during your trip, there is a basic clinic in Kinshasa, which may be able to treat minor ailments, but otherwise it will be difficult to find anything approaching a good standard for care. Ensure that you have appropriate insurance in place that will cover the cost of medical evacuation by air ambulance. Democratic Republic of Congo is high risk for malaria and Yellow fever, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.
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