The Garamba National Park covers an area of 4900km2 and has been under the management of African parks limited since the year 2005 in conjunction with the InstitutCongolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN).

Garamba National Park is considered among the old and notable African parks standing as one of the exact wilderness areas. The Garamba National Park appears as an open vast protected area with undulating grasslands that set the amazing scene for rewarding encounters like elephant herds, the buffalo herds, the Uganda Kob with less appearance of Giraffe and Roan Antelope which appear unexpectedly


Garamba National Park is located in the Haut-Uélédistrict Democratic Republic of Congo’s North eastern sector close to the Sudanese border. The park adjoins the Lantoto National Park in Sudan and is engulfed by Gangala- naBodio in the south, Mondo Missa in the East and Azande in the west all of which are hunting areas. Its northern border is a rich watershed for Congo and Nile Rivers. The total area of the entire Garamba landscape is 12,427km2.

The Garamba National Park was set up by the Belgian Royal Decree in the year 1938 making it among the first National Parks of Africa. The park was greatly linked to the Elephant Domestication Center which was set up in 1920 at theGangalanaBodio with over 100 elephants that were trained to work in the agricultural fields.  GarambaNational Park was later declared a world Heritage site in the year 1980 and listed on the danger list in the year 1996 as a result of the populations of the threatened White Rhino Species that is apparently thought to be extinct in the park.

The Park’s wildlife suffered from immense pressure majorly from the Commercial Sudanese Poachers between 1976 and 1980. It is within this period that considerable counts of elephants reduced from 22,000 to only 5,000 individuals. In the year 1984, the white Rhino populations had reduced to fifteen (15) animals. The efforts to recover the white Rhino populations were enhanced especially in the southern region and by 1991, the number had increased to 30.

The park experienced severe poaching by both foreign and the local people at the height of the political unrest marked by the civil war, the foreign troops, undisciplined Congolese soldiers, Sudan’s SPLA rebels and eventually the Lord’s Resistance Army who occupied the park running away from the Uganda army. As a result of the unrest, the park infrastructure collapsed and the staff’s survival was hard and dangerous. It was until Nov 12th 2005 that the African Parks limited in conjunction with the InstitutCongolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) took over the administration of Garamba National Park.

Fauna as an Attraction in Garamba National Park

TheGaramba National Park features the four (4) largest land mammals namely elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and the giraffe. The park features the last surviving population of the northern white Rhino sub species (though these have been out of sight since 2007) along with the Sub species of the Congolese Giraffe (Giraffacamelopardaliscottoni or congoensis) which is endemic to Garamba Park. The Park is positioned at the transition zone between the Guinean-Congo and Guinean-Sudanese endemism centers. The surrounding hunting domains feature extensive biodiversity of the two bio-geographical zones. The Park is a home to both African savannah elephant and the African forest elephant including their hybrid. The park is believed to be sheltering over 1,000 elephants. Garamba Forest Reserve also features large species of antelope including the Bushbuck (Tragelaphusscriptus), oribi (Ourebiaourebi), waterbuck (Kobusellipsiprymnus), Uganda kob (Kobuskobthomasi), roan antelope (Hippotragusequinus) and Lelwel’s hartebeest (Alcelaphusbuselaphuslelwel). The elusive bongo antelope (Tragelaphuseurycerus) also thrive in the Garambathough it is hardly encountered.
The park is a home to a range of other smaller species of antelope including the duiker commonly the blue duiker (Philantombamonticola), yellow backed duiker (C. silvicultor)and red-flanked duiker (Cephalophusrufilatus). Other wildlife species include the red-river hog (Potamochoerusporcus), hippopotamus (Hippopothamusamphibius),warthog (Phacochoerusafricanus) and Nile buffalo (Synceruscaffer). Garamba National Park also features a range of primate species including the Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), Guerezacolobus (Colobusguereza), vervet monkey (Chlorocebuspygerythrus),Patas monkey (Erythrocebuspatas) and the De Brazza’s monkey (Cercopithecusneglectus). The Park is a home to predators like the leopard (Panthera Leo), spotted hyaena (Crocutacrocuta), lion (Pantheraleo), serval (Leptailurusserval)among other species.


Flora as an attractionin Garamba National Park
The Garamba’s southern section is majorly covered by grassland savannah with scattered trees. The Loudetia and Hyparrhenia grasslands are present along with the sausage trees (Kigeliaafricana) and Vitexdonniana. The northern section of the park features mixed vegetation of woodland, dense dry forests, riverine and small swamp forests including the species like Chlorophoraexcesa,Irvingiasmithii and Khaya sp. The adjacent hunting areas feature concentrated bush savanna along with deciduous woodland and forests. This diverse flora is amazing to explore on Congo safaris.

Birds as an Attraction in Garamba National Park
Garamba National Park also features over 340 species of birds making it an ideal destination for the birder on Congo safaris. Some of the spectacular colonies of carmine bee-eaters are present along the River Dungu banks, the cattle egret are always surrounding the buffalo herds. These and many other birds are impressive to explore in Congo birding safaris.

Game Drives / Wildlife Viewing in Garamba National Park
This is carried out both in the morning and in the evening allowing you to explore the magical wild game viewing of Garamba National Park. The diverse landscapes of Garamba offers you possibilities of exploring a range of wild game including the savannah and forest elephants, the Buffaloes, Water bucks, oribi, Uganda kob, roan antelope,Lelwel’s hartebeest, the elusive bongo antelope, various duiker species like the blue duiker, the yellow backed duiker and red-flanked duiker not forgetting counts of primates like the Chimpanzees, De brazza monkeys, Guerezacolobus, vervet monkey and Patas monkey. The other wildlife like leopard, the spotted hyena and the lion may also be encountered on the game drive. This combines to make the game drive activity thrilling and worthy undertaking.

Walking Safaris/ Nature Walks in Garamba National Park
The Walking safaris are conducted along the Dungu River and are guided by the Park ranger guides. The walk brings you closer to nature with an intimate encounter with the bush. You enjoy game viewing, bird watching and sight-seeing.

Aerial Tours in Garamba National Park
The Garamba National Park also features the aerial tours in the Cessna 206 owned by the park management. The Arial tour is magical offering great views of the extensive savannah and the dense forests which the Ariel view provides. The bird’s eye view photos can be spectacular taken on this activity. It is an amazing Congo Safari experience that is lifetime.

Wilderness Camping Tours in Garamba National Park
A traveller on Congo Safari can undertake a camping safari tour in the deep ends of the park or at the GangalanaBodio station allowing him / her to explore the true wilderness. The night at the camp ground in the tent offers one an opportunity to explore the howling of hyaenas along with the unique song of the fiery-necked nightjar. It is magical to enjoy the sun set and sun rise over the rolling savannah from the wild.

Cultural Tours in Garamba National Park
The park also features a cultural walk in the surrounding local village. The cultural walk offers the opportunity to explore the local community, the schools, churches, markets along with the general local culture and traditions. This is a thrilling activity to undertake on Congo safaris as it allows you to enjoy the cross cultural interaction.

Experiential tours in Garamba National Park
Garamba National Park also offers the opportunity to the Congo Safari undertaker to engage in direct wildlife monitoring activities. These include studies regarding the Chimpanzees, Hyenas and lions. The activity allows

Nagero Park station is located at about 1,800km from the Kinshasha Capital City. However, it can be noted that road connection to Garamba can be challenging most especially during the rainy months stretching from June to December.
An ideal connection can be a charter flight to the Garamba Park For the travellers connecting from Uganda, they can be picked up at Aru on the border of Uganda by the Garamba Aircraft and the flight takes about 50minutes to the Nagero park station.
headquarters but advance permission is required. The geographical coordinates are N3º 44′ 42 E 29º 30′ 38.1.
Garamba Guesthouse
The Garamba Guesthouse was opened on 28th May 2010 by the administrator of ICCN administrator along with the Congolese Ministry of Environment, 7 country ambassadors among other officials. The Accommodation at Garamba Guesthouse is presented in ten (10) bungalows which are impressively decorated. The lodge is 1km from the Negero Station.
Garamba Guesthouse features a beautiful restaurant overlooking the River Dungu offering a magical scenic view of Hippos as you sip a sundowner. The Lodge features a conference And Meeting space with respective facilities like projector. There is also a minor Library at the main restaurant area where books about Garamba National Park and its wonders can be found.

Rates for Garamba Guesthouse
Room Category BB FB
Single $80 $120
Double $120 $160

Category Adult Child
FNR $50 $25
FR $25 $15
Citizen $5

Garamba Activities
Activity Fee
Game drive (Van) $90
Guide per day $10
Aerial Safari (Cesna 2016) per hour $500
Monitoring Activities $20