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.

I 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!

General Director of ICCN, Pasteur Dr Cosma WILUNGULA BALONGELWA

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, ISCO, ZSM, and LMU contribute to rural development activities and scientific research as technical partners of the Salonga National Park program.

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Recent News

March 11, 2019

Documentary filmmakers shoot in Salonga

A crew from "Giving Nature a Voice" visited Salonga National Park to shoot a documentary on nature conservation.

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February 14, 2019

Good news on World Bonobo Day

Surveys confirm critical importance of Salonga National Park for bonobos, forest elephants and other emblematic species in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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January 14, 2019

Continuous improvement in Salonga’s management efficiency

Salonga National Park completed its Management Effectiveness Assessment (IMET) for 2018 and it shows significant improvements.

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January 10, 2019

Congolese students conduct research in Salonga

Two students from University of Kinshasa visited Salonga for an ecological monitoring field mission.

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