The Congo Basin encompasses about a quarter of the world’s rainforests, and is second only to the Amazon as the world’s biggest unbroken area of rainforest. Essential to global climate and conditions, it acts as an important carbon dioxide sink and an immensely huge conservation zone for a wide range of flora, fauna, people and habitats.
The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville (not to be confused with the DRC) is Africa’s equivalent of the great Amazon and includes the spectacular Congo Basin. It’s the best central African option for a safari.
Zambezi has pioneered a number of expeditions into the wildernesses of Central Africa. The Congo Basin Tri-National Park is one of those spots, much of it has yet to see Western explorers! Primarily walking and boating across jungle rivers and through the rainforests this destination is definitely for the more adventurous or experienced traveller seeking untold safari experiences.
We’ve concentrated on the three countries whose territories make up parts of the basin’s Tri-National Park, although it covers a total of seven countries.
There are amazingly over 1010 bird species in this area, with great potential for more to be discovered, and the last count put mammals at over 400 species. Similar importance is put on the human population, resident for at least 50,000 years and intrinsically connected to the forest within which they live. Of particular interest are the pygmy Ba’Aka tribe with whom it’s possible to do safaris.
Odzala – Congo
Discover Odzala-Kokoua in Congo-Brazzaville – renowned as the richest forest block in central Africa for primate species
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The Congo Basin Tri-National Park is home to the second largest rainforest in the world.
Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo Basin has Africa’s highest density of Western Lowland Gorillas and central Africa’s highest density of Chimpanzees.