Itinerary Highlights

  • Stunningly beautiful equatorial African rainforests
  • Tracking Lowland gorillas with expert guides
  • Seek out Bongo, Forest elephants, Forest buffalo and other rainforest inhabitants
  • Abundant birdlife
  • First class hospitality in remote, secluded camps

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Travel Guide
  • Transfers
10 nights from £14,155 per person

Nikki Lynas

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

For travellers looking for an exclusive, truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime Africa experience, Republic of Congo's Odzala-Kokoua National Park presents an extraordinary allure.

This trip has been rated by Wanderlust Magazine as one of the best tours of the world, as it entails light adventure in one of our planet's greatest rainforest areas. The park falls into the second largest expanse of tropical rainforest left on the globe, and, as you might expect, this presents a veritable Garden of Eden for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Famously, it is home to the Western lowland gorilla, the most plentiful of the remaining species and subspecies of these magnificent great apes.

With this sample itinerary, guests spend seven nights in /around Odzala and stay at three different lodges.

Each of the lodges has been built from locally-sourced materials and creatively designed to blend with the surroundings. Each camp has only a small carrying capacity, so visitors are able to enjoy a feel of exclusivity and intimacy with the surrounding nature.

In the rainforests of Odzala-Kokua National Park, three habituated groups of Western lowland gorilla reside; two of these can be visited by tourists. Searching for these great apes during a rainforest hike is one of many highlight of any Republic of Congo holidays. But visiting the Lowland gorillas is only one facet of the Congo experience.The national park has another 11 species of primate, as well as Forest elephant, Forest buffalo, Bongo antelope; Giant forest hog and a myriad of beautiful birds.Keen twitchers will be thrilled by the 430 bird species recorded from the area, including specials such as White-crested Tiger-heron, Congo Serpent-eagle, Vermiculated Fishing-Owl and Forest Swallow and Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill.

Itinerary

Take the early morning Air France flight from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports if you're coming from the UK, to Paris CDG where you connect with the Air France flight to Brazzaville. On arrival at 17h10, you will be met and transferred to Radisson Blu to overnight with breakfast included.
Transfer to the airport for the two hour charter flight, which departs at 1pm. On arrival at Mboko airstrip at 3pm, take a road transfer to Ngaga Camp (about 2hrs,30min drive through the Odzala- Kokoua National Park). Here you will be able to meet the gorilla research team for a briefing before dinner. Overnight in your luxury en-suite tented forest room.
After breakfast, you will be taken to track one of the resident, habituated family groups of Lowland gorilla. While chances of seeing the gorillas are generally very high, please note that nature can never be guaranteed. Recent reports indicated that reaching the gorillas tends to take on average 90 minutes - 2 hours. A big plus here is that terrain is relatively flat. After tracking gorillas, return to camp for lunch and a rest. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to explore one of the forest trails on foot and seek out some of the resident wildlife and birdlife.
Staying at   Ngaga Camp
This morning you have another gorilla tracking excursion. In the rainforest, keep an eye open also for Putty-nosed and Crowned monkeys, both of which are fairly common. Birdlife is prolific here. After dinner, you will be taken on a guided night walk to seek nocturnal wildlife.
Staying at   Ngaga Camp
This morning you have the chance for an optional 3rd Gorilla tracking experience. You will then be taken by road through Mbomo Village and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Arrive at Mboko Camp for lunch, followed by a late afternoon river cruise and sundowners. Overnight in Mboko Camp in an en-suite river room with all meals included.
Make the journey from Mboko Camp to Longo Camp: a guided morning kayak on the Lekoli River is followed by a walk upstream to the Lango Bai, where guests can seek wildlife such as Forest buffalo, Forest elephant, Sitatunga and the rare Bongo. Enjoy lunch at Lango Camp. In the afternoon, you can either relax at camp, or take a dip in the Lango bai. Overnight at Lango Camp in a luxury, en-suite forest room.
Today's activities can include a game drive (look for primates such as Guereza Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Moustached Monkey as well as bushbuck and various species of forest-dwelling Duiker (small antelope) and also, a pirogue trip along the river, before returning to camp on foot through Lango Bai. In the evening you will be given a camera-trap presentation to see what wildlife researchers have managed to capture on film.
Staying at   Lango Camp
A guided morning walk to the bird hide from where you can watch species such as African grey parrots and African green pigeons at the bai, is followed by a game drive transfer and then a walk along a raised, wooden walkway through the swamp. Arrive in time for lunch at Mboko Camp. In the afternoon, choose between an adventure walk in the Likeni River or take an afternoon river cruise on the Lekoli River. Overnight in an en-suite, river room at Mboko Camp, all meals included.
Staying at   Mboko Camp
After breakfast at Mboko Camp, depart on the charter flight back to Brazzaville at 09h00. On arrival in Brazzaville at 11h00, you will be met and transferred to Radisson Blu where you have the use of a day/evening room. We can arrange an activity for you in Brazzaville today if you wish. In the early evening, you'll be transferred back to Brazzaville Airport to check in for the Air France flight departing to Paris at 22h10.
On arrival into Paris CDG early this morning, remain air side and check in for the Air France flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports, if you're coming from the UK.

Nikki Lynas

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Pricing Information & Dates

10 nights from £14,155 per person

Nikki Lynas

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Price Includes

  • Return International Flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrace fees on sightseeing tours as specified
* International flights on Air France from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports (economy class seating) * Domestic flights (Brazzaville to Mboko airstrip and return) * Transportation from Mboko airstrip to Lango Camp and return plus Lango Camp to Ngaga Camp and return * Accommodation on full-board basis with 2 nights at Lango Camp, 2 nights at Mboko Camp and 3 nights at Ngaga Camp * One night at the Radisson Blu in Brazzaville with breakfast * All local drinks not including premium imported brands or champagne * Laundry at camps (excluding some personal items due to cultural beliefs) * Return airport transfers * Activities and excursions as outlined * 2 Gorilla permits per person

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions
Gratuities and items of a personal nature, meals and activities while in Brazzaville.

Pricing Notes

This itinerary departs on certain weekdays so please speak to a specialist. It can be extended if you wish.

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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