Bombo-Lumene Game Reserve

Country/territory: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 350,000 ha

Site description
Bombo–Lumene Game Reserve is situated on the Batéké plateau (650–700 m) and consists of a gently undulating forest-savanna mosaic dominated by grassland and wooded savanna, interspersed with gallery forest. The site lies south of the main Kinshasa–Kenge road, between the Muti-Mutiene and Bombo rivers in the west and the Lufimi river in the east. Several villages are situated at the periphery of and even within the reserve, resulting in a large part of it being used for agricultural and pastoral activities. Average annual rainfall is c.1,500 mm. There is a dry season of from three to four months centred around June–July.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site is the only protected area where Cossypha heinrichi occurs. It is also the only site in the country where Ploceus nigrimentum has been recorded. In addition, two species of the Zambezian biome have been recorded (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals of global conservation concern include Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bombo-Lumene Game Reserve. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.