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
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.
Bekalikali Bai now has an observation platform
Platform for wildlife observation at Bekalikali Bai is finished.
Rehabilitation of the Monkoto-Boende road
Work on the Monkoto-Boende road continues and already reduces travel time.
Documentary filmmakers shoot in Salonga
A visit from the crew of "Giving Nature a Voice." Salonga National Park to shoot a documentary on nature conservation.
Maintenance of the Monkoto-Mondjoku Road
Three Local Road Maintenance Committees (CLERs) are now active on the Monkoto-Mondjoku road.
Two rangers build their skills at the Garoua Wildlife School in Cameroon
Two eco-guards went to the Garoua Wildlife School in Cameroon for an 18-month training that began in September.
Mission of the Biomonitoring Team to Lake Kantotsha
The Biomonitoring Team carried out a mission in the southern block of Salonga National Park and conducted a preliminary survey of Lake Kantotsha.