Africa at its most undiscovered
Often confused with the less-developed Democratic Republic of Congo, its neighbour across the river, the Republic of the Congo remains a mystery to most travellers. Those who know of it speak most often of its enveloping rainforests and thick jungles, where most of the world's chimpanzees and lowland gorillas roam free. And while this emerging destination is still unknown territory for most outsiders, the incredibly welcoming people who live here are eager to reward those who come. Get there first.