West African Gorilla Safari

Odzala National Park and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

At a Glance

  • Trek the Western Lowland Gorillas from Ngaga Camp

  • Over 400 different recorded species of birds

  • Private charter flight from Brazzaville to Odzala

  • The ideal trip for anyone looking for a unique safari experience

  • River boat safaris to try and spot forest elephant and the elusive bongo

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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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Itinerary

An unforgettable journey into the beautiful, almost untouched Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo. This itinerary offers something unique for those who feel that they have seen all that Africa has to offer.

Until recently, trips such as this have been almost off limits due to logistics. However, regular flights into Brazzaville, have opened up unique opportunities to see a wilderness virtually untouched by tourism.

Your trip starts with a flight to Charles to Gaulle, Paris before connecting onto a day flight straight to Brazzaville and catching a charter flight to Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Odzala-Kokoua is one of Africa's oldest national parks having been proclaimed by the French in 1935. It is an integral part of both the Congo Basin and the TRIDOM Transfrontier Park overlapping Gabon, Congo and Central African Republic.

Your first three nights will be spent at Ngaga Camp which is set in the heart of the rainforest and is within home range of several groups of Western Lowland Gorillas. The Western Lowland Gorillas are the most numerous and widespread of all gorilla sub species and can also be found in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Due to research work by Dr Magda Bermejo and Germen Illera it is known that there are around seven different groups and 105 individual gorillas although the exact numbers are not known because they inhabit some of the most dense and remote rainforests in Africa.

Along with gorillas there are also forest elephant, forest buffalo, the rare bongo and an array of primates. Guided walks can be arranged each day and guests can explore the forest and go in search of these elusive animals.

After three nights at Ngaga Camp, you will be transferred to Lango Camp on the edge of the rainforest overlooking the productive Lango Bai and strategically located to ensure access to a variety of habitats, activities and wildlife. Most activities here are a combination of walking and boating treks with some driving safaris. This is a bird watcher's paradise with over 400 different recorded species of bird.

The rooms at both Ngaga and Lango are very similar and the structure was inspired by the native B'Aja Pygmy groups are raised up above the forest floor. They are very cosy and comfortable and wooden walkways connect the rooms to the main areas.

This trip may not be for everyone but for anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to explore one of the most diverse and uncharted regions in Africa, this Congo safari combination is not to be missed.

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  1. Fly to Brazzaville

  2. Days 1-2: Mikhael’s Hotel

    Accommodation: Mikhael’s Hotel, Brazzaville (1 night)

  3. Days 2-3: Mikhael’s Hotel

    Accommodation: Mikhael’s Hotel, Brazzaville (1 night)

  4. Days 3-6: Odzala Lango Camp

    Republic of Congo

    Odzala Lango Camp is an authentic safari camp tucked onto the edge of the rainforest with panoramic views over the majestic Lango Bai. With only six rooms, Odzala Lango provides an exclusive safari experience for anyone in search of a unique vacation.

  5. Days 6-9: Odzala Ngaga Camp

    Republic of Congo

    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.

  6. Fly home

Location

Odzala National Park and Brazzaville, 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. Bais are a major feature of this rainforest, these grassy areas are dotted throughout the forest and offer a rare opportunities to catch a better glimpse of the various wildlife which regularly come to the bais to access the water and lush vegetation.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

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