The Congo rainforest, sometimes called the Congo Basin Rainforest is a massive piece of forested land, one and a half million square miles in size, which covers most of the Congo basin in central Africa. Congo’s rainforest happens to be the second largest rainforest massif in the world after the mighty Amazon. About one fifth of the world’s rainforest is situated in Congo, which makes it a good place to visit if you are like that kind of holidaying.
If you have friends or family there and need to place a call from UK, there are good calling rates provided by UK telecoms, so next time you need to call Congo just speak to your regular phone service provider and check out their deals. What makes a holiday in the Congo a bit different to other places is the fact that the country is wild in nature and abundant in dangerous environments, but this is exactly what some holiday makers are after. The Congo rainforest was even referred to as ‘the heart of darkness’ by the English writer Joseph Conrad because of its dangerous and unknown nature that can easily claim an unprepared man’s life. The massive Congo rainforest accounts for about seventy percent of the continent’s wooded area. Most of the rainforest’s area is situated the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, but other parts of the forest are spanning to other surrounding countries like Gabon and Cameroon. About sixty million people rely on the massive rainforest for their day to day livelihood, whether it is hunting and gathering or building materials and shelter. Some of the local inhabitants are known to use the forest for medicine as they posses the ability to recognize and use medicinal plants that grow in the forest.
In terms of biodiversity, the Congo rainforest is abundant with many species of plants and animals of all kinds and sizes. The diversity of species in the forest has prompted the UN to list a total of five World Heritage Sites within the forest limits, ensuring the safety and protection of these virgin habitats.