Ngiri Triangle Nature Reserve (5500 km2)

Ngiri Triangle Nature Reserve

Ngiri Triangle Nature Reserve is a protected area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located in western Équateur province, in the Bomongo, Bikoro and Makanza territories, and covers a total area of 1,000 square kilometers. It extends northward from the confluence of the Congo River and the Ubangi River. The reserve was gazetted to conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem in the Ngiri triangle.

Ngiri Triangle Nature ReserveFor bird lovers, Ngiri Reserve is the best place for you! The reserve is a breeding ground for large numbers of water birds, particularly purple herons, reed cormorants and African darters. During the low-water periods rosy bee-eaters and African river martins breed in the reserve. It is the only location in the DRC where Congo sunbirds have been found. Vulnerable African bush elephants are present, and Allen’s swamp monkeys are thought to be present.

The reserve offers tourist a choice of scenic guided walks along the ridges and valleys of the Rift Valley escarpment as viewing small mammals and amazing magic views of the reserve. Ngiri Reserve is rich with its biodiversity, bird species and some primates.  Nocturnal primates like pottos, galagos, owls and other animals that only emerge under the cover of darkness and listen to the errie shrieking of the tree hyrax.

Ngiri Reserve is mostly covered by swamp forest, and contains many streams and rivers. The Ngiri River flows from north to south through the center of the reserve before joining the Ubangi. A wide zone bordering the Ngiri consists of alternating marshy grassland-savanna, swamp forests and seasonally flooded forests. The savanna is burned in the dry season. Common tree species are Entandrophragma palustre, Coelocaryon botryoides, Uapaca heudelotii, Guibourtia demeusei and Oubanguia africana.

Ngiri Reserve is very important conservation area is for quite long it acted as a licensed hunting area which had a number mammals including the famous African of antelope species ranging from Sitatungas, bush bucks elephant, water bucks, and outstanding primate species are colobus monkeys and olive baboons, to name but a few which is over 30 species and the population of Hippos and birds is also growing in addition to primates.

The reserve receives a constant rainfall throughout the year, averaging 1,770 millimeters, but is slightly heavier from August to October and lighter in April and May. The Ubangi and Ngiri water levels are highest from September to November, while the Congo has highest water levels from October to December.