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Upemba National Park is a largest national park in Katanga Province of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and its the best destination for wildlife watching in Congo, Birding spotting like the rare shoe-bills.

History of Upemba National Park

Upemba National Park was first established in 1939. As with much of the wildlife of the region, in contemporary times the park continues to be threatened by the activities of poachers, pollution, and the activities of refugees and militia.

Upemba National Park consists of a number of distinct bioregions, which includes a savannah plateau (1,400m-1,800m) with rocky outcrops separating the affluent of the Lufira river which drops down into the Kamalando depression and from there into the marshes and lakes (585m) of the Upemba wetlands. In the north east the park is dominated by the Kibara plateau with its wooded foothills and high altitude savannah plateau, the centre by the basin of the Lufira from the Kiobo waterfall to the marshes that border the lake, and in the south by a straight and long grassy plateau from Kayo to the Lufira. The park’s deep gorges, cliffs and waterfalls and its marshes and lakes form a striking contrast to its immense expanse of savannah, making arguably one of the most magnificent landscapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Getting around :

Upemba national Park is located in Katanga province, its 400km from and border with Angola and Zambia, its also bordered Tanzania – although Katanga province and Tanzania did not share a land border – but the border was within Lake Tanganyika. Katanga has a wet and dry season. Rainfall is about 120 cm (49 in) and this Means that the accessibility of upemba can start with Water transport crossing from Tanzania or by Land or Air . Check out Lubumbashi International Airport is an airport in Lubumbashi to get international Flights to enable you book  a Congo Wildlife Safari in Democratic republic of congo.

Where to Stay/ Accommodation.

As well Known that Upemba National park is found in the Katanga province  with the capital of Lubumbashi  and Various Accommodations are developed in the city and even near the park, In upemba national park there has been development of nice Accommodations , Hotels to enable you enjoy a Congo Safari holiday with Trusted Safari Company. Find Where to stay, hotel accommodation, safari lodges, campsites, holiday inns all budgets.

When to Visit Upemba National Park.

Upemba National Park is located in the Itombwe Plateau and its among the best destination to be visited for Wildlife safari holidays. Find all the weather, time and climatic conditions for Democratic republic of congo to enable you plan a Safari holidays in Congo.

What to See in Upemba National Park

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Location of the Park

Upemba National Park is located between Latitude 9°5’ and 8°45’ South and Longitude 25°50’ and 27°10’ East. At the time of its creation on the 15th May 1939 the park had a surface area of 17,730km2 and was the largest park in Africa. In July 1975, the limits were revised and today the integral park has an area of 10,000km2 with an annex of a further 3,000km2.

Ecosystem

It has varied landscapes and ecosystems that make it rich and interesting: valleys, shrub savanna, grassy savannah plateau, high plateaux dotted with forest galleries, and the large marshy valley of the Kamalondo depression, Where flows the river Lualaba, destined to become the river Congo.

Fishing in Upemba national Park

There are ten large fishing lakes subject to legal exploitation of their resources. Fishermen have formed local cooperatives and they fish between the months of March and November but how well this is enforced is difficult to assess. There is evidence to suggest that fishing continues throughout the year and that the use of illegal nets is common practice. There are estimates of between 4,000 and 10,000 fishermen using the lakes with each fisherman paying 10,000 CFR a year (approx 20 USD) for the right to fish. There are also 4 fishing lakes in the Hunting Reserve controlled by the northern sector of the park where fishermen are charged 5,000 CFR a year for fishing rights. Fishing is largely for Tilapia and Capitaine but other than in the ‘off-season’ there are no further restrictions and nothing is known with regards to the lakes’ carrying capacity, optimal harvesting yields or current off-take levels.

Wildlife and Poaching:

Wildlife Safari congoWe saw several small herds of zebra, a few isolated pairs of oribi and several troops of baboons. All had a large flight response and would only come to a stop when in excess of a kilometre from us, regardless of whether we were on foot or in a vehicle. The low numbers are linked to extensive poaching which appears to be systemic throughout the park and often carried out with the complicity of certain members of the ICCN. The presence of military and Mai Mai within the park has also taken its toll. There appears to be a well-established bushmeat trade operating within the park whereby corn flour brought in by bicycle is exchanged for the same value in meat, which is then sold for exorbitant prices in the restaurants of Lubumbashi.

Upemba Depression

Upemba is a large marshy bowl area (depression) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo comprising some fifty lakes, including 22 of relatively large size including Lake Upemba (530 km²) and Lake Kisale (300 km²). In an earlier era, the area was probably occupied by one large lake.This large depression has delivered the largest known cemetery in the sub-Saharan Africa. Over 40 archaeological sites have been identified, but only six have been partially excavated so far.

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