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Salonga National Park

The Park is situated in an area of pristine rain forests approximately half way of Kinshasa and Kisangani in the Congo River basin.

It covers a total area of approximately 36,000 square kilometers thus being Africa’s largest tropical rainforest reserve.

The southern region of the Park is accessed through crossing the Lokoro River which flows through the centre and the northern parts of the Park however in the south there still exists the Lula River.

The Park consists of various wildlife species such as; leopards, forest elephants, bonobos, dryas monkeys, African slender-snouted crocodiles, and Congo peacocks.

The Park is also a best place for viewing birds and some of the notable ones in the Park include; black storks, cattle egrets, yellow-billed storks and among others.

The bonobos which are Congo’s great apes exist in the southern region of the Park though they are more in the Iyaelima settlements than anywhere else in the Park simply because the Iyaelima do not harm them and are playing a great role in their conservation.

Salonga national park is also a best habitant for giant, tree and long-tailed Pangolins, aquatic genets, African golden cats, hippos, forest buffaloes, Okapis, Sitatunga, Water chevrotain, bushbucks, bush pigs, mongooses, and yellow-backed duikers thus being an ideal place for wildlife safaris.