Garamba National Park is one of Africa’s oldest national parks located in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park an area of 5200 square kilometers is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ability to support an extraordinary variety of plant life. The park is consists of unique vegetation which transitions from savanna to thick tropical forests which consist of marshland and numerous tree species. Garamba national park is home to the world’s largest mammals i.e. elephants, rhinoceros, giraffe, and hippopotamus.
Activities in Garamba National Park
Garamba national park is your perfect destination to experience unforgettable exciting Congo tours. Major attractions in Garamba national park include
Wildlife: Garamba national park is a natural habitat for fascinating wildlife species including mammals and primates, the park is famous for harboring four of the largest animals in the world that is hippopotamus, giraffe, elephants and rhinoceros. Rhinos in this park come in different types that is northern white rhinos (though extinct due to poaching), southern white rhino and black rhino, in additional to these animals there is Congolese giraffe, large and small antelopes, bushbucks, waterbuck, Oribi, Uganda knob, dicker, lion, leopard and nocturnal animals like striped bongo. Primates in the park include chimpanzee, shaggy colobus, patas monkey, little smiling vervet monkey and bearded de Brazza’s monkey.
Vegetation cover: Garamba national park is made up of distinct attractive vegetation cover which varies from rain forest, marshland, savannahs, and woodlands. The forest cover most especially along river banks harbor numerous bird and animal species
River Dungu and River Garamba: River Dungu and river Garamba create a magnificent scenic view as they flow through the park, river Dungu flows through Haut-Uele district passing the town of faradje joining Kibali River at Dungu to form Uele River, the river is a home to crocodile, hippopotamuses and snakes. River Garamba also passes through the park, the rivers are filled with different tree species along their banks.
Birdlife: Garamba National Park supports a variety of birdlife harboring over 340 species of birds such as colored red and blue carmine bee-eater, heron, Wattled plovers, black crake, knob billed ducks, long-tailed cormorants, white-backed pelicans, pink backed pelicans, spur-winged plovers and many more. Bird watching in this park is very interesting as they are spotted either in the forest or on the river banks.
Activities in Garamba National Park
Tour activities offered in Garamba national park include
Wildlife watching: The national park is well known for harboring a large number of wildlife with mammals and primates which can be seen while touring the park, animals like lions, buffalos, African elephants, hippopotami, Kordofan giraffes, giant forest hogs, antelopes, bush pig, mongoose, de Brazza monkey, vervet monkey, golden cat, warthogs, and waterbucks.
Bird watching: Bird watching in Garamba park is very mesmerizing and memory-filled as you spot colorful forest, land and water birds on river Garamba, river Dungu and in the forests.
Boat cruise: Boat cruise in Garamba national park takes place on river Garamba and river Dungu, touring the park on a boat sailing on these rivers is very exhilarating as you enjoy the cool air, sounds made by birds and wild animals and also the green forest cover along the river banks.
Nature walks: Guided nature walks in Garamba national park will expose you to the natural wonders of Garamba national park. These nature walks go through the beautiful savannah vegetation to the beautiful forest and the rivers which are filled with colored butterflies, animals like hippos, and primates.
The best time to visit Garamba national park is during the dry months of January to June when the grass in the park is short offering a good game view.