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Gorilla spotting in Congo is easily its biggest attraction, and though Virunga National Park is the quintessential place to go for it, it’s far from your only option.

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Eastern Lowland Gorillas can also be found at Kahuzi-Biega National Park, which gets few tourists but boasts plenty of primates.

Gorillas aren’t the only wildlife worth spotting in DRC, and if you head to Garamba National Park you’ll also find elephants, hippos, and giraffes in abundance, even though the white rhinos who once called it home are gone. You can also visit a bonobo sanctuary about 90 minutes outside the capital in Kinshasa, or spend a couple of days at Inkisi Falls exploring the system of caves that surround them.

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