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Set in the virgin rainforest on the edge of the Congo Republic's Odzala National Park, Ngaga Camp offers visitors the rare opportunity to explore the world's second-largest rainforest. Balancing comfort for its guests and consideration to its environment in equal measures, this pioneering camp is raised off the forest floor and each of the six twin-bedded rooms has incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding greenery, alive with exotic birds and inquisitive colobus monkeys.

But it is for the forest’s larger primates that Ngaga Camp is best located. Crowned and moustached monkeys – and sometimes chimpanzees – forage around camp; guided treks lead to the feeding sites of the forest’s greatest secret: western lowland gorillas. Several gorilla families are habituated to humans, and allow visitors to sit quietly with them for an hour as they forage and play.

Ideal for the seasoned African safari traveller and those who want to experience unique wildlife encounters, Ngaga Camp is best combined with its sister lodge at Odzala Wilderness Camps – Lango Camp – on a set-departure itinerary. Set inside Odzala National Park, Lango’s main attractions are its saline ‘bais’, attracting forest elephant, buffalo and rare antelope. River excursions and night drives for nocturnal forest creatures make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

highlights

  • Pristine rainforest setting
  • Innovative, eco-sensitive design
  • Guided western lowland gorilla treks
  • Extraordinary bird watching
  • Spot-lit night walks

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Facilities

Surrounded by lush emerald rainforest, Ngaga Camp sits high off the forest floor and offers jungle views at every turn. The camp’s timber and raffia dining room, lounge and bar look out into the verdant canopy, and the six twin-bedded chalets are reached via raised walkways. A natural swimming spot in a nearby stream offers a shady place to cool off on a hot day, and the camp’s star deck and fire pit make for convivial evenings in the peace of one of Africa’s greatest remaining wildernesses.

Designed to have minimal impact on the environment, Ngaga’s electricity is provided by solar energy (with a back-up generator if required) which means video and camera batteries as well as laptops can be charged at camp. There is also a laundry service.

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Dining

Meals at Ngaga Camp are set according to the rhythm of the forest. The day begins early while forest animals are still active in the coolness, and a light breakfast and coffee are served shortly after dawn. Returning after a morning spent in the rainforest, guests enjoy a hearty brunch and refreshing midday siesta before their afternoon excursions.

The camp’s bar and fire pit make a welcoming place to end the day at Ngaga and swap stories about the day’s sightings before dinner is served in the beautiful dining room. Overseen by a French chef, Ngaga’s menu reflects the availability of local fresh ingredients and imported French delicacies.

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Ngaga’s six chalets are set high off the ground to catch the breeze and afford views right into the rainforest canopy. Built from sustainably-sourced timber and raffia and featuring a wrap-around viewing walkway, each room is twin-bedded with mosquito nets and a cooling fan.                        

Muted, natural colours and colonial-chic antiques add character to the rooms and they have been carefully designed to make use of natural light and cooling. En suite facilities include a flush toilet and shower, and environmentally-friendly soaps and shampoos are provided to minimise human impact as far as possible.

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Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Guided walks
 

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"We recommend a trip to the Congo for seasoned adventure-seekers. Ngaga Camp offers the opportunity to track the unique lowland forest gorillas in the Congo Rainforest. On a journey combining its sister camp Lango, you may encounter up to 9 different primate species, forest elephants, African Grey parrots and kaleidescopes of butterflies."

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