Zaïre is Africa’s third largest country, after Algeria and Sudan, and it contains over half of the continent’s tropical moist forests. The Salonga National Park is the largest rain forest park in the world (36,000 sq. km) and the Virunga National Park certainly supports a greater biological diversity than any other single protected area in Africa. The extent of the forest is such that it is still possible to fly in a jet for two hours over virtually undisturbed forest, from Bandundu in the west to Bukavu in the east.


Forest Cover National Park Lowland Forest Capture Zone National Park Service 
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