A natural treasure in the heart of the Congo Basin

South of the majestic Congo River, in the lowlands of Congo is a natural treasure largely unknown: the Salonga National Park. It is the largest forest park in Africa and one of the last remaining intact tropical forests in the world. Comprising a mosaic of rivers, streams, marshlands, typical grassy glades called bais and marshes, Salonga is home to 40% of the world’s bonobos.

We invite you to explore the park and discover how the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and its partners are working on the preservation of this jewel through an innovative approach linking nature conservation and rural development, environmental education and research activities that create a model for the protection of nature and the prosperity of the people. Discover through this website the beauty of Salonga!

Aerial view of Salonga National Park

Park Management

Since May 2016, ICCN (Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) have been co-managing the park to further improve biodiversity conservation. The co-management program is funded by the European Union, USAID, the German Cooperation and WWF Germany.  Oxfam and ISCO, as well as LKBP contribute to rural development activities and scientific research as technical partners of the Salonga National Park program.

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Salonga briefs

September 19, 2023

The turn towards ecotourism about to be taken at Yokolelu

The Yokelelu patrol post in the park's northern block has been chosen as the first site to launch ecotourism infrastructure in Salonga.

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August 11, 2023

Elephants appear in broad daylight in Salonga!

The daytime appearances of elephants reported at Iyono, not far from the Yokelelu station, represent a new turning point for bio-monitoring.

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January 27, 2023

A scientific team from BINCO has just completed a study mission in Salonga

Results of this mission will contribute to address knowledge gaps on Salonga biodiversity.

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December 5, 2022

A new project to improve management of the SNP

A new EU funded project aims to improve management of the Salonga National Park.

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