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Lola ya Bonobo
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Kinshasa
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Don't miss this if you visit Kinshasa. It's best to go in the morning and to spend enough time observing the groups of young bonobos playing around. They are very similar to humans in terms of behaviour. It's a pity that they seriously risk becoming extinct due to poaching and continuous deforestation. Only 10,000 are left in the wilderness. As of August 2013 you could enter the Bonobo sanctuary only with a guide, so you might have to wait for 20-30 minutes at the entrance before a guide takes you inside, but once you’re inside you are pretty free to wander around. Driving time from Gombe (the centre of Kinshasa) is about 1 hour on week-ends. Here is my reading tip before the visit: Frans de Waal "The Bonobo and the Atheist - In search of humanism among the primates". De Waal, a Dutch primatologist, argues that morality is not dictated to us by religion or social norms but is the product of our biological nature - specifically, our primate social emotions, which include empathy, reciprocity and fairness.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The sanctuary is a great weekend getaway from the crowded streets of Kinshasa. You can take a forest walk around the Bonobo enclosure. Stay for the feedings of the adults who do crazy things (sex is their way to diffuse tension) and the orphans' enclosure is fun to visit. The little ones adopted a Lola love to play monkey around and seem to do everything to be the center of attention.

2  Thank NickHobgood
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Absolutely amazing. Great place out doors that's close to Kinshasa. Seeing these Bonobo's being rehabilitated and some getting released back in to the wild is great. Very large enclosures so one doesn't even get to see them all. If you have a day to spare do go and visit.

Restaurant across the river was nice just make sure you take something to keep the flies away.

2  Thank Barend_DK
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is well worth the visit even if you're in Kinshasa for a short trip. Well-laid and organized and what an opportunity to see an amazing species. We got there around 9:30-10 in the morning just when the bonobos were being let out of their sleeping quarters. It was a lot of fun seeing them all coming out and moving up into the jungle. You can tell that the staff are really committed to the care of bonobos.

4  Thank Sujata410
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

An opportunity to experience the wilderness of Congo in a secure and organized way ! Visit the Bonobo Park.

The only place to see the Bonobo up-close without risking your life in the jungles of DR Congo.

The place is well organized, charges a $5 entrance fee which is justified and has a couple of restaurants inside that serve beer and food. You can also use their BBQ pits where many families come to picnic.

A 30-40 min drive from Gombe ( central Kinshasa).

Make sure you take a 4x4 as the road is pretty bad.

4  Thank WhereIsPrateekToday
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