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The Odzala-Kokoua discovery in Congo

This Odzala Kokoua trip is not a standard African safari – best described as an active discovery within very remote rainforests of the Congo Basin. Suitable for seasoned African travellers for whom strict preparations and low expectations are the norm.

Keen naturalists, photographers and active participants will be rewarded by a very rare experience here.

  • Brazzaville
  • Odzala Kokoua National Park
  • 8 days/7 nights

Highlights of the Odzala Kokoua discovery

The Odzala-Kokoua Discovery is a set date departure starting and ending in Brazzaville on Thursdays only. Deviations from this schedule will increase costs substantially.

The trip entails 3 nights at Ngaga Camp where the main focus is on gorilla trekking and discovering other deep forest species. Mboko is used as a base for active explorations of savanna mosaic and riverine forest over 2 nights. Lango Camp allows simple access to a saline bai, swamps and forests over 2 nights.

Brazzaville is a safe African city in which we recommend a minimum 2 night stay before or after.

  • Deep in the rainforest of Republic of Congo we find one of the last refuges of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla.
  • So this is an ideal opportunity to track and view these great apes.
  • It’s also a rare chance to explore this remote, thriving and most of all, largly unspoiled ecosystem.
  • Meet people from traditional forest communities.
  • walk along dappled paths through the forest, wade through clear streams
  • watch for wildlife coming down to drink at a forest bai (marshy clearings rich in minerals, a magnet for animals and birds)
  • be adventurous – you’ll be amongst the very few to experience such a unique, remote and undeveloped rainforest wilderness
  • in addition you’ll discover a rich mosaic of habitats and incredible biodiversity

Best time to go to the Odzala National Park

The temperature is fairly even throughout the year, sitting at around 30C on average.

  • December to February – driest time in the north
  • April to October – driest time in the south

Special preparations for Odzala

We provide comprehensive fact files and checklists for this trip.

  • Documentation and medical certification has to be correct.
  • Travellers need to be well prepared for remote destinations.
  • Please be sure to read the digital itinerary in full.
  • A minimum of 7 weeks is required between applying for “letters of invitation” and actual travel date.

We don’t recommend this trip for first-timers to Africa. (Read this article if you’re planning your first African safari)

(Photo credits courtesy Tim Henshall)

ItineraryFrom $6500

Day 1 - Brazzaville to Ngaga Day 1 - Brazzaville to Ngaga

Airport assistance at Maya Maya. Odzala Charter Flight to Mboko. Road transfer to Ngaga Camp

Day 2 - Odzala National Park - Ngaga Day 2 - Odzala National Park - Ngaga

Gorilla trek in the morning. Lunch at Ngaga camp. Afternoon relax followed by a forest walk for bird watching and discovery of forest life and river sundowners. Overnight Ngaga Camp

Day 3 - Odzala National Park - Ngaga Day 3 - Odzala National Park - Ngaga

Gorilla trek in the morning. Lunch at Ngaga camp. Afternoon time with the gorilla research team, forest walk and a night walk to view nocturnal forest life. Overnight Ngaga Camp

Day 4 - Odzala National Park - Mboko Day 4 - Odzala National Park - Mboko

Relaxed morning in camp (optional 3rd gorilla trek at additional cost) Road transfer through Mbomo village. Mboko Camp for lunch followed by late afternoon river cruise and sundowners Overnight Mboko

Day 5 - Odzala National Park - Mboko Day 5 - Odzala National Park - Mboko

River cruise on the Lekoli River or adventure walk in the Likeni River. Lunch at Mboko Camp. River cruise, kayak or adventure walk. Overnight Mboko Camp

Day 6 - Odzala National Park - Lango Camp Day 6 - Odzala National Park - Lango Camp

Guided morning kayak on the Lekoli River followed by walk upstream to the Lango bai Lunch at Lango Camp Afternoon relax followed by forest walk or time to take a dip in the Lango bai Overnight Lango

Day 7 -  Odzala National Park - Lango Camp Day 7 - Odzala National Park - Lango Camp

Guided morning walk to bird hide to watch the African grey parrots in the bai or Guided adventure walk Lunch at Lango Camp Afternoon relax followed by forest and bai walk Overnight Lango

Day 8 - Odzala to Brazzaville Day 8 - Odzala to Brazzaville

Early breakfast at Lango Camp Game drive transfer followed by raised wooden path walk through swamp to Mboko Camp Odzala Charter Flight Trip ends Connect with onward flight or stay in Brazzaville

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Tips and notes

8 days/7 nights

15 May – 31 October 2017 and 15 December – 14 January 18
US$7,750 per person sharing
US$1,500 single supplement

1 November – 14 December 17 and 15 January 18 – 31 March 18
US$6,500 per person sharing

US$1,500 single supplement
Departs only on Thursdays

Includes:

  • Ground transportation (M’boko airstrip to Lango Camp and return; Lango Camp to Ngaga Camp and return); accommodation as per itinerary; 3 nights Lango Camp, 3 nights Ngaga Camp, all meals, all local drinks, laundry.
  • Lango Camp – guided walking/game drives/boat cruises/motorised pirogue trips/park and forest visits, kayaks.
  • Ngaga Camp – daily tracking of habituated gorilla groups/guided forest walks
  • Mboko Camp – Guided forest walks. Kayak excursion along the Lekoli River.  Adventure walks.

Excludes:

  • International air travel to/from Brazzaville
  • items of a personal nature, tips
  • Visa fees
  • accommodation and excursions in Brazzaville where this is required
  • departure tax of US$ 30 from Brazzaville; travel and medical insurance.

About the camps:

  • Intimate, sensitively constructed camps which leave as light a footprint as possible and blend into this remote forest environment. Lango Camp nestled in mature forest on the outskirts of Lango Bai with access to the savannah and Ngaga Camp in the heart of a marantaceae forest.
  • Each camp has 6 forest dweller inspired tree houses 3-4m above the ground with wraparound walkways allowing full appreciation of the forest canopy.
  • Track wildlife residents including western lowland gorilla, guereza colobus, bongo, moustached monkey, elephant, buffalo,  sitatunga.

Visiting Odzala Discovery Camps you will not only be helping pioneer Odzala as a destination, but helping develop a new business sector in Congo and diversifying the economy away from petrochemicals.  Odzala-Kokoua National Park – one of Africa’s oldest national parks, founded in 1935. The park covers some 1 360 000 hectares (3 360 633 acres) it’s renowned as the richest forest block in central Africa for primate species.

Ecotourism contributes to global awareness, local sustainable development and protection of rainforest pioneering not only the destination but also the actual activities and camp surrounds.

Around Lango Bai:

  • March to May and September to November – green season with frequent bouts of rain. Clear blue skies with sunshine penetrating into the forests.
  • Great time to see elephants, year round primates such as grey cheeked mangabey, putty nosed monkey and colobus. Rarer sightings of bongo, sitatunga and red river hog. At night you could see galagos and palm civet.
  • December to February and June to August – drier, air can be hazy and water levels lower.
  • Good time to see gorillas feeding in the trees

Brazzaville offers a contrast to its more chaotic neighbour, Kinshasa, which lies on the opposite bank of the mighty Congo River, and has a very relaxed, safe feel – which makes it the perfect city to explore.

How to get there

The Odzala-Kokoua Discovery is a set date departure starting and ending in Brazzaville on Thursdays only. Deviations from this schedule will increase costs substantially.

Maya Maya Airport (BZV) is easily accessed by numerous airlines, notably Air France via Paris, Inter Air via Johannesburg and Kenya Airways via Nairobi. Congo is easily accessible from Europe and easily combined with Southern or East African safaris.

The cost of all international flights is excluded from the price.

 

Wildlife

Wildlife residents including western lowland gorilla, guereza colobus, bongo, moustached monkey, elephant, buffalo, sitatunga. Excellent for birding and chimpanzees.

Odzala is a colourful paradise with over 100 different mammal species… western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and red-tailed monkeys. Forest buffalo, sitatunga and species of duiker and herds of forest elephant. Look up and you’ll discover a few of the 400 bird species that have made this incredible spot their home.

Reviews

Gorilla Experience/Eco Forest Experience

"Congo September::The 6 night trip to the Congo was a great experience. 2 camps – Ngaga and Lango. Ngaga Camp is well into the jungle, so 2 hours by plane"

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