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Garamba National Park

Garamba National Park White Rhinos

Garamba National Park is among the top places in the world that you can visit for the white rhino tracking. The park is situated in Haut Uele, a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s among the oldest national parks in Africa apart from Virunga National Park that was created in 1925 and Odzala national park created in 1935 in central African region. Garamba National park was created in 1938 and the tourists activities haven’t boomed in the park due to the poor transport means within the region and low development in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Garamba is listed among the UNESCO world Heritage Site. This is because it is home for the endangered species of the white rhinos which are about to be extinct in the world. Garamba national park hosts other wildlife animals like the African Forest elephants, Bush pig and leopard. As a consequence, if operational the park could have been among the top recommended Congo wildlife safari destination.

Garamba National Park Location.

Garamba National park is in the North Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the transition zone between the vast tropical forests of the Congo basin and the Guinea- Sudan savannas. The Park comprises one of the last worldwide population of the Northern white rhino, endemic-subspecies of Congolese giraffe and a mixed population of elephants, which include forest elephants, bush elephants. The park’s vast savanna, grasslands and woodlands, distributed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros.

Wildlife Safaris in Garamba National Park

Garamba was home to the world’s last known wild population of northern white rhinos. It has suffered greatly from Congo’s decades-long civil war, with heavy poaching and 50,000 refugees fleeing from Sudan into the park. The last white rhinos were likely killed by poachers by 2008, and the species is expected to be announced extinct within the next few years.

Rhinos, less the park remains one of the last true wilderness areas of Africa, and its jungles and Savannah remain true wonders to be held.

Threats to Wildlife in Garamba National Park

It has been predicted that the northern white rhinos would soon be declared extinct due to high levels of poaching in Garamba National park. As civil unrest hindered conservation efforts, plans were developed to transition the rhino to havens in Kenya but were not implemented. The Congolese argued that outsiders should not be allowed to take away their symbol. Only four individuals were recorded in an aerial survey of the park in 2005 but they were presumed dead due to the civil unrest in the area.

The is surrounded by three vast adjacent hunting grounds, constituting an ecosystem of a sufficiently extensive area (1,242,700 ha). This is to support large populations of large mammals with their local seasonal migration routes. The hunting grounds contribute towards the effective protection of the property against the threats from the surrounding zone.

Getting around the park

Good luck. First, You must find a domestic flight to Aru, at which point they will have to switch to a charter prop plane for a 50 minute ride to Nagero, the launch point for expeditions into the park. It’s theoretically possible to travel by land from Aru to Nagero, but you would have to be crazy to try, both due to the impassibility of the roads and the safety.

Things to do in the park

In Garamba national park the topmost things to do include the wildlife game drive, Guided Nature walks and Community visits. Book Congo wildlife safari adventure to explore the great Garamba national park Congo with most experienced tour operators in Democratic republic of Congo and members of ATOAV RDC.

Feral pigs in Garamba Park
Feral pigs can be destructive to crops and wildlife habitat.
Forest Elephant DR Congo
Forest Elephant in Garamba National Park
Giraffe in Garamba National Park Congo
Giraffe in Garamba National Park Congo
Leopard in Garamba National Park
Leopard in Garamba National Park
Leopard Panthera Pardus, Garamba National Park
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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