UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest tropical rainforest reserve, at the heart of the central river basin of the Zaire River, Salonga National Park is very isolated and accessible only by water. It is the habitat of many endemic endangered species.
UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park of Virunga offers within its 790,000 hectares an incomparable diversity of habitats: from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from the lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of the volcanoes.
UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Okapi Wildlife Reserve occupies about one fifth of the Ituri Forest in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Zaire River basin, of which the reserve and forest are a part, is one of the largest drainage systems in Africa and has yielded a large number of major evolutionary discoveries. The wildlife reserve contains threatened species of primates and birds and about 5,000 of the estimated 30,000 okapi surviving in the wild.
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immense savannahs, grasslands or woodlands, interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, protect four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros.
UNESCO World Heritage Site. A vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, the park is populated with a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of mountain gorillas lives between 2,100 and 2,400 metres above sea-level.