What language is spoken by people around Virunga national park?
What language is spoken by people around Virunga national park? This is one of the frequently asked questions by travelers who intend to do a safari in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world, with over 200 languages spoken in the country. Yes, Swahili and French are the most spoken languages by people around the Virunga national park. However, the majority of the tourism staff and several tour operators can speak English. Other languages spoken include; Lingala, Kinyarwanda, Hunde and Kumu
French is the official language of the Democratic Republic of Congo since her colonial period under Belgian rule. Therefore, the variety of French used in DR Congo has many similarities with Belgian French. French has been maintained as the official language since the time of independence because it is widely spoken in the Kinshasa capital, it belongs to none of the indigenous ethnic groups which eases communication between them and the rest of the Francophonie.
According to a 2014 OIF report, 33 million Congolese people (47% of the population) can read and write in French. In the capital city Kinshasa, 67% of the population can read and write French while 68.5% can speak and understand it. The Democratic Republic of the Congo currently has the largest French-speaking population of any country outside France.
If you book a safari to Virunga national park, expect to meet a driver-guide who will be a fluent English or French speaker however, if you require to get services of another language speaker, please advise us prior to your arrival.
Tribes around Virunga national park
Ethnic groups living in and around Virunga National Park include:
After understanding the language spoken by people around Virunga national park, you need to plan for your trip to the park. Look out for reputable tour operators and travel agencies in DR Congo like Africa Adventure Vacations to organize for you a safari to Virunga National Park or any other travel destination.