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This fly-in journey delivers you straight into the heart of the Congo rainforest for a unique safari experience. Your destination is Odzala-Kokoua National Park, a swathe of majestic primary forest famed for its biodiversity. Once virtually inaccessible, the forest teems with wildlife ranging from western lowland gorillas, elephants and forest buffalo to dazzling clouds of butterflies and a vast array of birds. A few eco-sensitive lodges are now scattered throughout the forest, carefully built into the landscape and each reflecting a different aspect of it such as rainforest, wetlands and savannah.

Spending a minimum of two nights in three different lodges, you can expect an unforgettable introduction to Odzala-Kokoua. Gorilla trekking, river cruises, kayaking adventures and guided walks are all part of your tour and you can look forward to comfortable en suite accommodation. The local guides are knowledgeable and passionate about their work and happy to accommodate interests such as bird watching or photography.

This 8-day itinerary is an unforgettable way to discover the emerald heart of Africa and see a sizable portion of the world’s remaining gorilla population. Your stay will contribute to protecting these critically endangered species. Local communities are also benefitting through revenue-sharing schemes from trekking permits, new infrastructure and new business opportunities in tourism.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Unique forest wildlife & amazing bird watching
  • Two gorilla treks plus water-based activities & nature walks
  • Expert local guides & wildlife specialists
  • Eco-friendly chalet accommodation
  • Fly-in, all-inclusive convenience 

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Trekking For Gorillas

Your Congo adventure begins at Brazzaville’s Maya-Maya International Airport where you enjoy assistance from a tour representative as you transfer to a scheduled light aircraft flight. After a flight time of around two hours, you land at the local airstrip and can sit back on a 4X4 game drive into the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Your destination is Ngaga Camp on the park’s boundary, lying in a sun-dappled glade and surrounded by untouched primary rainforest. After freshening up, you sit down and take in the forest view from your suite before meeting the gorilla research team and your guides to plan the next two days.

Ngaga Camp is perfectly located to find western lowland gorillas: several groups live in the area, two of which are habituated to visits by humans. Expert guides lead the way on two treks, enabling you to spend time with a gorilla family, before introducing you to other aspects of the environment at Ngaga. You will also enjoy bird watching and guided nocturnal walks for sightings of the forest’s most elusive creatures. 

Day 4

A Riverside Retreat

Your final morning at Ngaga can be spent relaxing at camp or trekking for gorillas on an (optional) third trek; you then leave the camp and drive to your second accommodation: Mboko Camp.

Showcasing a different aspect of the park, Mboko lies in a savannah landscape and next to the Lekoli River, its waters flowing to the Congo River. Here the emphasis is on experiencing the forest’s larger animals – such as shy forest elephants, spotted hyena and forest buffalo – as they emerge from the forest and onto the open savannah grasslands. You arrive in time for lunch, which is followed by a river cruise, complete with sunset drinks and a rainforest evening chorus of birds roosting for the night.   

Days 5-6

Discover the Bai

Leaving Mboko Camp, you kayak upstream and then walk to Lango Camp, a journey that takes you back into pristine equatorial rainforest - this time at the heart of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Your cottage is built into the gallery forest and overlooks a ‘bai’, a local word for an area of open marshy ground surrounded by forest. These bais are often laden with salts and minerals and are visited regularly by elephants and buffalos as well as flocks of parrots and herds of antelope. The surrounding rainforest is good habitat for primates and several species may be seen here during your nature walks, night drives, 4x4 and boating excursions. 

Day 7

A night at Mboko

In the morning you'll take a guided walk to a bird hide to watch African grey parrots enjoying the bai. Next, its a game drive back to Mboko Camp, followed by a walk over a wooden pathway built over a swamp (excellent for birding) before you arrive at camp for lunch. The afternoon can be spent on a nature walk or on a river cruise before your final night in Odzala, hopefully under a star-filled sky.

Day 8

The journey ends

Wish Congo and the gorillas you have met farewell as you head back to Brazzaville for your onward journey home. After breakfast at Mboko Camp you are transferred to the local airstrip for a morning scheduled charter flight back to Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville for the end of the tour. Here you will connect with your onward flight or transfer to your Brazzaville accommodation.

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights at Ngaga Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at Mboko Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at Lango Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 1 Boat Cruise
  • 1 Kayak Safari
  • Daily Guided Forest Walks
  • 2 Gorilla permits
  • Selected Beverages
  • Road Transfers between Camps & Airstrips
  • Airport Meet & Greet in Brazzville and full airport assistance on Arrival and Departure
  • Congo Letter of Invitiation fee
  • Community and Park fees
  • Medical Evacuation fees
  • Internet Access (WiFi available at All Camps)
  • Laundry

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 15 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $7750
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $6500
  • 15 Dec 2017 - 14 Jan 2018 $7750
  • 15 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $6500

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"The Congo Rainforest is about as offbeat as you can currently get in Africa; we've partnered with a reliable and professional company to bring you not just another safari, but an opportunity to discover and delight in the smalls that make up this fast disappearing ecosystem. Must have: patience, no expectations & an enquiring mind! Encounter the lowland Gorillas, and keep an eye out in the forest canopy for other primates and birdlife whilst at Ngaga. The shy gentle giants of the forest Elephant and if lucky, forest hog around the Lango area balance your wildlife experiences beautifully. I personally loved the swamp walk taking in the butterflies, and wildlife you are able to encounter on foot."

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