Visit the Park

Garamba

ADVISORY: Please note that due to security reasons, sadly the park is not accepting tourists at this time.  Please check back in 2018. However when the park does reopen for tourists, the below information remains the same. 

5 Reasons to Visit

  1. The park is one of the oldest in Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredibly unique biodiversity hotspot.

  2. It is a bird lover's paradise, with over 240 species including large colonies of colourful carmine bee-eaters which nest along the riverbanks.

  3. View the last remaining population of Kordofan giraffe in DRC.

  4. Garamba is unique in that it is a savannah eco-system in the middle of the Congo rainforest and as a transition zone, it has massive biodiversity.

  5. View the park’s large populations of elephant – one of the most iconic residents of Garamba.

Travel Information

When To Visit

The park is reached most easily during the dry season, from late December to early May. Large tracts of the park are also burned during March and April. The short, green grass during this time provides ideal conditions for viewing wildlife.

Where To Stay

Guests at Garamba are invited to stay at Garamba Lodge, which overlooks the Dungu River and is likely the most beautiful and luxurious property in all of the DRC. The luxury camp comprises ten immaculate chalets and an impressive central lodge building and restaurant.

Travel Essentials

Although there is a small local market 4 km from Nagero, visitors should be self-sufficient and travel with adequate fuel and provisions. Drinking water is available at Nagero and one can eat and drink at the Garamba Lodge.

Health and Safety

Food and provisions: Although there is a small local market 4 km from Nagero, overlanders should be self-sufficient and travel with adequate fuel and provisions

Drinking water: Drinking water is available at Nagero and one can can eat and drink at the Garamba Lodge.

Yellow fever certificate is needed if you are travelling through Uganda.

There is a high risk of contracting malaria while in Garamba, please ensure to take the necessary precautions when visiting the park.

How to get there

Getting to Garamba by vehicle can be challenging, especially during the wet season (May to December), when roads are completely drenched. The easiest approach to the park is through Uganda, although you will still be forced to traverse 200 km of truly awful roads on this route. Be warned: only those in search of a real off-road adventure should attempt it. The trip – via Faradje and onto Nagero on the park’s southern boundary –can take anything from a day to a week, depending on road and weather conditions. Don’t underestimate the challenges posed by travelling by road to Garamba. You are strongly advised to seek out the latest information on the route before departing.

Accommodations

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