The Okapi Wildlife Reserve is situated between in north-eastern Zaire. The designated forest reserve covers an area of 13,500 km2 and occurs between 700-1,000 m altitude. It consists predominantly of primary forest (90 percent) with some secondary forest, cultivation and waterways making up the remainder. Although the reserve is traversed by the trans-African highway access is not always straightforward. The reasons for this are the poor road conditions and lack of public transport. However, those who make it there, will be rewarded with some of the best birding Africa has to offer.