Odzala Ngaga Camp
Republic of Congo
At a Glance
Ngaga Camp is situated in the heart of the Marataceae Rainforest
Ideal location for tracking the Western Lowland Gorillas
Each room has its own private wraparound walkway allowing for round views of the forest canopy
Combine it with a trip to Lango Camp for the ultimate safari experience
Only six en-suite rooms, each raised 3-4 meters above the ground
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The Republic of the Congo can be visited at any time and since the country is located on the Equator, the climate is consistent all year round. The average day temperatures are around 24°C and the nights are around 16°C. The average yearly rainfall is around 2000 millimeters in the rainforest areas and the dry season is from June to August and there tends to be two wet seasons; one in March to May and one in September to November.
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Odzala Ngaga Camp is a stylish, six bedroom camp situated in the heart of the rainforest, above the Ngaga Stream. Ngaga Camp is within home range of several groups of the Western Lowland Gorillas which are the most numerous of all the gorilla species.
Set in the heart of the sparsely populated Congo Basin, this Odzala-Kokoua National Park is part of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and is home to the largest population of western lowland gorillas in Africa. Odzala Ngaga is situated in the heart of this wonderful rainforest and has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Each of the rooms is raised 3 to 4 meters above the ground and has a 360 degree wraparound walkway allowing you to be completely absorbed by the surrounding rainforest. The bedrooms themselves are very cosy and the comfortable beds look directly out on the main entrance for spectacular views from the comfort of your own bed.
The dining room, lounge and bar area are all also set on raised decks looking into the heart of the rainforest with breathtaking views of the horizon through the forest canopy. A star deck and fire pit are set on a dropped deck below the main area where guests can relax after dinner and there is also a relaxation deck which is located at a natural swimming spot on the Ngaga Stream, perfect for cooling off in after a morning gorilla trekking.
Due to the work of gorilla researchers Dr Magda Bermejo and Germen Illera, the gorillas around Ngaga are all habituated and there are no fewer than seven different groups and 105 individual gorillas. There are two main groups that guests can trek from Ngaga, straight from the lodge, with one of the local guides and skilled trackers. The undergrowth is very wild and can be thick and depending on where the gorillas are in forest, trekking times can range from two to seven hours.
Combine your stay at Ngaga with a stay at Lango Camp, the sister lodge to Ngaga and situated on the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park.
The six cottages at Ngaga Camp are nestled in a glade within the rainforest and are set on raised decks allowing for unrivalled views into the forest and above the canopy of trees. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and there are fans provided in each room for the warmer days.
Children aged 15 years and over welcome at Ngaga.
The lounge, bar and dining area is hugely spacious, stylish and comfortable and the area has open sided walls, allowing for spectacular views into the rainforest. The chefs in the camp are all very talented and can cater to all dietary requirements and create tantalising dishes using the freshest ingredients.
The main activity at Ngaga Camp is trekking the Western lowland Gorillas which is done directly from the camp. Guests should be prepared to walk through some fairly rough terrain and should be able to walk between three and five miles a day for a trek. In the evenings, guests can gather around the fire pit where the on-site researchers give educational talks on the gorillas and the conservation projects going on in the area. Aside from the gorillas, there are also the putty nosed monkeys, forest elephants, the elusive bongo, huge variety of exotic bird life and even leopard have been spotted in the area. Guests can also enjoy guided walks both during the day or night and the expert guides can also organize birding walks.
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Republic of Congo
Odzala Kokoua National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Africa after being proclaimed by the French administration in 1935. It covers around 13600 sq km. of primarily untouched rainforest and is an integral part of the Central African Republic.