It is very rare that an entirely new wilderness destination opens up in Africa. Finally, the pristine rainforests of Central West Africa are making their debut for intrepid travellers. Be among the forerunners to partner in conserving this pristine forest for the shy and elusive western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, unique antelope and forest elephant.
The Republic of Congo belongs on every safari aficionado’s African bucket list, but with poorly developed infrastructure, this is one destination where your Africa safari expert is absolutely essential. The Congo Rainforest Expedition is a 6-night safari into the wild heart of Odzala National Park where two forest lodges have been established. Relaxed and comforable, each lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 guests and offers a unique chance to learn about the forest: Lango Camp overlooks a ‘bai’ – a large natural mineral lick and watering point frequented by forest buffalo and sometimes other elusive animals; Ngaga Camp sits deeper in the forest, well-placed for the research team that habituates and studies the gorillas and will impart their learnings and try get you a glimpse.
Our inaugral Congo safari combines Lango and Ngaga Camps in a fly-drive combo itinerary featuring guided nature walks, river cruises and kayaking adventures in the care of passionate local guides and expert naturalists. This is an opportunity to play a vital role in protecting this vulnerable ecosystem, slow down and join your guides in learning about the elusive forest birds, primates and other animals. Flights are via Africa’s main hubs Nairobi (Kenya) or Johannesburg (South Africa), making it easy to combine Congo with a traditional big game safari or a beach vacation.
View our photo album from a recent trip to the Congo for a firsthand taste of what to expect from your safari.