The Republic of Congo is located in west central Africa and occupies 342,000 sq. kms. A central plateau runs east-west, dividing the country into the Congo Basin in the north from the swampy plain in the south, the Nairi Valley. Over 60% of the Congo is covered in dense tropical forest. The population is concentrated in the south.

The Congo has an equatorial climate, with high humidity, small temperature range and high average rainfall. The dry season in the south is May to October and elsewhere June to September. Temperatures range between 33°C (Jan) to 28°C (July).

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Discovering the wonders of the Congo Rainforst can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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