Maps of rainforests in Africa


Most of Africa's remaining rainforests are found in the Congo river basin on the Atlantic Ocean side of the continent.

The Congo rainforest is famous for its gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants as well as its native population of forest dwellers known as pygmies.

Rainforests in the Congo are mostly under threat from logging, subsistence activities like small-scale agriculture and firewood collection, and commercial agriculture, including large plantations. Wildlife is endangered from hunting.

Chart: deforestation rates in Africa

Chart: Congo rainforests

Satellite image of the Africa's rainforest region


More rainforest photos from African countries
Gabon | Kenya | Madagascar | Tanzania | Uganda

By Rhett Butler

Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: March 21, 2014