Boasting the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest, the Congo holds Africa’s densest population of western lowland gorillas. In this primate-rich environment, you’ll encounter chimpanzees, western guereza, gray-cheeked mangabeys, and a variety of monkeys. Those daring to venture on forest night walks will likely come face-to-face with nocturnal primates. Congo’s tropical forests are also home to a host of other animals — elephant, buffalo, red river hog, and bongo. The salt-rich forests prompt forest wildlife into open areas where they drink and socialize.
Gateway City: Brazzaville
Best time to travel: July through December
Highlights: Odzala-Kokoua National Park