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upemba national park

Upemba National park – Wildlife Safari Congo: Congo gorilla Safaris.

Upemba National Park is the best wildlife national park in Katanga Province and its near to kundelungu national park . Upemba is the largest national park in Katanga Province of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the best destination for wildlife safaris after gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park or Virunga National Park.

Upemba National Park was created in 1939 and covers  an area of 4,529 square miles (11,730 square km). Its northern and western borders touch the Lualaba River and the surrounding lakes and marshlands of the Kamolondo plains.

The habitat of the park varies from Afromontane grasslands and forests at higher altitudes in the Kibara Mountains; through Miombo woodlands and tropical rainforests; to marshes, wetlands, lakes, and streams with riparian zones at the lower altitudes.  It is home to some 1,800 different species, some of them discovered as late as 2003.

Lake Upemba has a maximum depth reported to be only 3.2 metres (10 ft) and it is a site of intense algae growth. The watercourses of the region fluctuate according to the season and the water level in the lakes is high from March to June, and low from October to January. Many of the bodies of the water in the area are characterized by extensive swamps, with papyrus, Nile lettuce and water caltrop among other species.

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Its lower section is located in the Upemba Depression, a lush area of lakes and marshes including the eponymous Lake Upemba, and bordered by the Lualaba River. Its higher section is in the dryer Kibara Plateau mountains.

Lake Upemba, an expansion of the Lualaba River, lies largely within the park; it covers approximately 200 square miles (500 square km) and is swampy and overgrown with papyrus. The Lufira River flows from the southeast to join the Lualaba River north of the lake.

The park’s wildlife includes zebras, antelopes, elephants, buffalo, lions, and aquatic birds.

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