Lomami national park is one of the latest established Congo national park in a period of 40 years since 1970, covering an area of 8,874 kilometers squared it was officially established by the Congo pre minister on the seventh of July 2016. Lomami national park is the second national park to be created without internal human settlement.
Lomami national park lies in the Congo rainforest basin which is the second largest rainforest on planet, the park is located in one of the most remote parts of the country hence it’s un spoilt state in nature though in the recent years the need for ivory led to the destruction of the parks wildlife more so elephants by poachers and rebel groups.
The existence of the park was through collaboration of the Lukuru foundation, ICCN, Congolese army, wild cat foundation and many more organizations including some volunteering locals and the Congolese government.
In the year 2007, a Congolese endemic species known as bonobo (an ape) was found in parts of Lomami national park, this area had no human settlements, no roads and agricultural activities even no four wheel vehicles could penetrate the mysterious wild Congo basin Lomami rainforest national park but was highly threatened by hunters from near and far away.
A new monkey that is said to be new to science is said to have been found within Lomami known as Lesula.
Lomami national park is the ninth national park in Congo; the park derives its name from the Lomami River found within the parks boundaries near Kindu city and Kisangani city, the park is situated near two provinces of Tshopo and Maniema. Lomami national park is rich with a diversity of Savannah grasslands, hills, rivers, wildlife and tropical rainforests.
There are three magnificent rivers situated within the Lomami national park this have been water catchment for wildlife, and the rivers are Lomami, Tshuapa and Lualaba. This park came to existence with the help of the Lukuru foundation with it’s had researchersJohn and Terese Hart who entered in the unknownand discovered a lot hence promoting the creation of this protected area.
Activities at Lomami national park
Wild life viewing
Lomami national park is home to various animals some of the examples of the animals to expect are; forest elephants, buffalos, Lesula monkey, bonobo, giraffe, okapi, Lomami red colobus, Mona monkey, red tailed monkey, Dryas monkey, blue monkey, leopards, bush pig and many more yet to be discovered.
Lomami national park also boasts with a variety of birdlife the number of species numbering 275 have been recorded and the research is still on going some of this birds are migratory while others are residential, common birds seen are; African grey parrot, Congo peafowl and many more.
Tourists can visit this typically African people who live in this remote area. The Mbole and Mituku people have lived in the parks boundaries surviving on hunting they were also consulted on the establishment of the park and they also consulted their ancestors through a traditional ceremony, visitors can enjoy story telling from the locals about the park and also a quite some handy crafts made. The park is surround by about seven ethnic groups of people.
Tourists can also acquire souvenirs made from the local materials within the park. Villages in the northern sector accepted the park in 2011 while those on the southern sector accepted in 2010.
A part from wildlife tourists can go for this recreational activity and join villagers in the fishing ponds they dug up years ago or do fishing in one of the rivers in the park to make your adventure memorable.
Tourists can enjoy a boat ride in one of the magnificent rivers this can be combined with a packed lunch box.
Where to stay at Lomami national park
There are accommodation units where you can stay according to your choice or budget.
Best time to visit
The park can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry season.
How to get to Lomami national park
Lomami national park can be accessed by road or air transport. By road the park can be accessed through Kindu town.