Democratic Republic of Congo in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

● Get your visa in your passport, or have a North Kivu visa issued if you're just going to Parc National des Virunga

● Ensure you have a yellow fever certificate

● Buy and start your course of antimalarials

● Arrange for appropriate travel insurance

What to Take

● Sturdy, comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing

● Mosquito net for budget hotels

● Warm clothing if you plan to climb Nyiragongo

● European electrical adapter

What to Wear

You are best off packing comfortable clothing in layers for DRC. If you plan to spend any time in the national parks, long sleeved tops and trousers are a good idea to protect against mosquitoes in the evenings. Simple, light-weight, fast-drying synthetic fibres are a good bet for the daytime. Sturdy waterproof shoes and a waterproof jacket are also a good idea, as is a sun hat. In Kinshasa and Goma, you'll be glad of some smart casual evening wear, as you'll feel out of place going out in safari gear.