Democratic Republic of Congo Map
DR Congo Political Map
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is a country in Central Africa. Previously, DR Congo was known as Zaire until it changed in 1997. At 2,345,409 square kilometers (905,567 sq mi) in size, it’s the second-largest in all of Africa (after Algeria) and is the 11th largest in the world. Also, it’s the 4th-most populous country in Africa (after Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Egypt) and the 15th-most populous country in the world. It borders 9 other countries including Congo, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola. Kinshasa is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
DR Congo Satellite Map
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the most biologically diverse country in Africa. It’s characterized by a mosaic of rivers, flowing through forests, savanna, swamp, and dense jungles. The country is bounded by the Congo and Ubangi River in the west and a series of lakes (Lake Tanganyika, Kivu, Edward, and Albert) to the east. Although deforestation is an environmental issue, DR Congo is still one of the most fertile places in the world, containing 10% of all animal species.
DR Congo Elevation Map
Overall, the landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo consists of the Congo Basin to the north, which is the second-largest rainforest in the world, after the Amazon Rainforest. Within the northern region of DR Congo, this area receives the most rainfall in all of Africa. Next, the Kivu Region is recognized for two of the most active volcanoes in Africa, Mount Nyiragongo, and Mount Nyamuragira. Other than these two volcanoes, it’s also home to Mount Stanley (Mont Ngaliema). At 5,109 m (16,763 ft), it is the highest mountain of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the third highest in Africa. Furthermore, this mountain is part of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.