West Africa’s equatorial region is home to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (often referred to as the DRC). The DRC is immense and supports an astounding variety of wildlife and civilizations. It is home to the second-largest rainforest on the planet, which covers hundreds of thousands of kilometers of the Congo River Basin and is dominated by glacial mountains and savannah elsewhere. It goes without saying that the DRC has had turbulent ups and downs throughout its lengthy history, which dates back around 80,000 years. The area’s abundance of resources, as was so often the case, led to conflict and institutional exploitation with the arrival of colonialism (in this case Belgian), and after independence in 1960, these effects have persisted. Thankfully, the DRC is currently experiencing a time of notable peace and stability, especially in the historically unstable east, and the expansion of tourism is only aiding in consolidation; its advantages to the economy and culture are obvious.