The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been in a state of civil unrest since its independence from Belgium in 1960. Prior to independence, the country endured harsh forms of colonial exploitation, while the post-independence years were amongst the most violent and conflict-ridden of any African state under the rule of President Mobutu Sese Seko. For more than two decades the Democratic Republic of Congo has been embroiled in war, conflict and unrest, ineffective governance and democratic deficiencies; illegal and unregulated exploitation of natural resources and armed groups.
The eastern part of the country has been the most affected by war. In the midst of the daunting peace and security challenges in some parts of the country, many stakeholders in partnership with the government are supporting stabilization initiatives that are fruitful step by step.
Remember that the DRC is a huge country. It has many areas that are considered secured and safe. So it is important to not generalize about safety. However, It is better to visit the country with a tour company that will know how best to keep you safe.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required to enter the DRC, Uganda, and Rwanda. After receiving the vaccine, you’ll receive a signed and stamped Yellow Fever Card, which must be brought with you on your trip. The certificate should show their full name, date of birth, and sex as written in their passport. Please note that they must receive this vaccine at least 10 days before departing for your trip.
It is customary and often expected that you give a tip to the local staff such as guides, rangers, and drivers. The general rule for tipping is USD 10$ per day per person. In restaurants, we recommend a tip of about 5-10% of the bill.