Salonga National Park
Salonga National Park is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, but was labelled a site in danger in 1999 due to urban development and poaching.
It is flat but covered in dense, tall, thick, primary undisturbed Congolese rainforest. I'm addition it is crisscrosses by numerous rivers.
Flora and fauna
The only company offering tours to Salonga is Congo Travel and Tours. It is possible to fly from Kinshasa to Mbandaka and take a four day pirogue ride into the park. Alternatively, it is also possible to charter a flight to Mankato airfield, which lies at the center of the park.
While it is possible to get in by charter flight, and walking in the forest on foot is possible, the only meaningful way to get around the park is to for your guides to take you down the ubiquitous rivers on a pirogue.
This is a park of extraordinary beauty and biodiversity. It is easily the largest piece of protected rainforest in Africa and was until recently the largest in the world. It is almost entirely primary undisturbed forest and is vast. Species include red colobus monkeys, mandrills, okapis, bonobos, forest elephants, forest buffalo, African grey parrots, and panthers.
Camping is the only way to stay here and your guides will set up your tents. It is not a luxurious journey.