Where is the Congo rainforest?

The Congo rainforest is the second-largest rainforest in the world. It’s a tropical rainforest located mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. It is also found in areas of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

The Congo river, one of the longest rivers in the world, crosses the rainforest. 

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How big is the Congo rainforest?

The Congo rainforest is 1.5 million square miles in size. It’s bigger than Alaska.


What is the weather like in the Congo?

With the equator running through the Congo, the weather in the Congo rainforest is warm and humid.

There are two main seasons: a long rainy season which usually begins in March and a dry season, which usually begins in November. 

The temperature doesn’t change much throughout the year with the average temperature being 25°C (77°F).

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The Congo rainforest is a very wet place. It rains about 117 days a year!


Did you know?

  • The animal that is most related to human beings, the bonobo chimpanzee, can only be found in the Congo rainforest.
  • The Congo river was given its name by the people from the Kongo Empire that once ruled the land.