Formerly known as Zaire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a Central African nation that one could only describe as a beautiful mess. Marked by ongoing civil unrest, travel to the DRC, particularly to areas outside of the capital city of Kinshasa, is not advised for foreigners looking for an African adventure, which helps to mask the true beauty of this unknown gem.
Despite its troubles, the Congo is actually one of the continent’s most thrilling natural escapes. Lush rainforests, majestic rivers, volcanos, chimpanzee sanctuaries and more await visitors to the Congo once tensions subsides. Photographer Jaël is one of few travelers who have been able to safely explore the country and the images she has captured of life in the DRC are breathtaking.
Take a look at her stunning photo journey to get a glimpse inside the raw beauty of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and add this vibrant nation to your wish list because one day soon, exploring its wonders will be a reality.