Cheap Flights to DR Congo
Flights to DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also referred to as DR Congo, DRC, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, DROC, or RDC, is a country located in Central Africa. The country is bordered by the Central African Republic and South Sudan; Zambia and Angola; Uganda and Rwanda; and the Atlantic Ocean, to the north, south, east, and west. DR Congo is divided into Western DRC or Kinshasa, Katanga, Kasai, Kivu, and Congo Basin with cities such as the capital Kinshasa, Bukavu, Goma, Kananga, Kisangani, Kidu, Lubumbashi, Matadi, and Mbandaka.
What to see & do
When in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DR Congo, places of interest include Virunga National Park, Congo River, Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo, Salonga National Park, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Garamba National Park, Boyoma Falls, Livingstone Falls, Pool Malebo, Maiko National Park, Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, Lukaya River, and Jardin d’Eden. Visit Virunga National Park, a 1979-designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and its partner the Virunga Foundation, formerly known as the Africa Conservation Fund (UK). Among the animals that are within the park include mountain gorillas, savanna and forest elephants, chimpanzees, Okapis, giraffes, buffaloes, and birds. Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, or Small Falls of the Lukaya, is a set of small waterfalls found in the Lukaya River. The falls itself has a height of around a meter or 3.3 feet. It is popular for tourists who are interested in swimming within the river, or to eat at the restaurant that is nearby.
How to get around within DR Congo
DR Congo can be explored through domestic flights via Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation with its flights to Goma, Kananga, Kindu, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, and Mbuji-Maya. Other airlines that have domestic flights include Stellar Airlines, FlyCongo, Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises, Air Kasaï, Korongo Airlines, and Congo Express. Travelling by truck is a viable option since there are times when smaller vehicles are not able to navigate the roads. When going by truck, it is recommended to go to the nearest truck park by the market, and from there, truck drivers will take travelers to most if not all of the accessible areas. The comfortability of traveling by truck will depend on the cargo the truck is carrying. Other options for traveling within DR Congo include ferry and train. A ferry travels on the Congo River starting from Kinshasa, going to Kisangani, once in one to two weeks. Trains within the country can have overcrowded cars, and the schedule is also unpredictable.
How to get there
DR Congo is served by N'djili Airport, also referred to as N'Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport. The airport serves the capital Kinshasa, and is the hub for Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation. N'djili Airport has a 4,700 meter or approximately 15,400 feet concrete runway, and has flights to and from local and international destinations such as Abidjan, Libreville, Paris, Douala, Lagos, Lomé, Brussels, Brazzaville, Goma, Johannesburg, Kananga, Kindu, Kisangani, Lodja, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Maya, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Mbuji Mayi, Casablanca, Luanda, Istanbul, Pointe-Noire, and Cotonou. These places can be reached with flights via Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Camair-co, Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korongo Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Westair Benin.
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