Congo Explorer & Gorillas
Lowland gorilla silverback at Odzala  
Bongos  
Lango Camp  
Ngaga Camp  
Forest elephant  
Odzala-Kokoua National Park  
African grey parrots at the bai  
Lowland gorilla viewing  
Wading through rivers and swamps is part of the experience  
Rainforest walk  
Forest buffalo are often seen  
River walk  
Lowland gorilla  
Flock of African green pigeons at the bai  
Kids, Odzala  
Cooling off at Ngaga stream  
Boating excursion  
Guided night walk  
4WD driving excursion through the park  
Sundowners  
Guided rainforest walk  
11 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£7770 - £8990

Tour 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
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Congo Explorer & Gorillas

Republic of Congo

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. The park is part of the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest and, as you might expect, a garden of eden for nature and wildlife enthusiasts, most famous as a home for Western lowland gorilla.

With this example itinerary, guests spend seven nights in the national park and stay at three different lodges, each built from locally-sourced materials and creatively designed to blend with the surroundings. Each camp has only a small carrying capacity so visitors 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. 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 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.

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Day 1
Tuesday: London (or selected other UK airports) - Brazzaville
Check in for your Ethiopian Airlines flight departing at 21h00 to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
 
Day 2
Arrival: Brazzaville
On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole, catch your 09h20 flight to Brazzaville. On arrival at 13h40 you will be met and transferred to Radisson Blu to overnight.
 
Day 3
Day 3
Brazzaville - Odzala-Kokoua National Park (charter flight)
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.
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 4
Day 4
Friday: Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Ngaga Camp
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 (January-February 2017) 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 aftrenoon there will be the opportunity to explore one of the forest trails on foot and seek out some of the resident wildlife and birdlife.
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 5
Day 5
Saturday: Odzala-Kokoua National Park, 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.
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 6
Day 6
Sunday: Ngaga Camp - Mboko 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.
Accommodation: Mboko Camp
         
Day 7
Day 7
Monday: Mboko Camp - Lango Camp
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.
Accommodation: Lango Camp
             
Day 8
Day 8
Tuesday: Lango Camp
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.
Accommodation: Lango Camp
             
Day 9
Day 9
Wednesday: Lango Camp - Mboko 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.
Accommodation: Mboko Camp
         
Day 10
Day 10
Thursday: Mboko Camp - Brazzaville and departure
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 assisted with checking in for the Ethiopian Airlines flight departing at 14h35 back to London Heathrow via Addis Ababa. Arrive in Addis Ababa at 21h00. Remain air side and connect with the flight departing after midnight to London Heathrow.
 
Day 11
Arrival in London (or selected other UK airports)
Early morning arrival in London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

11 day tour, from £7770 - £8990 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Itinerary Dates From Price
15 May 2018
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31 Oct 2018
£8990
01 Nov 2018
-
31 Dec 2018
£7770
01 Jan 2019
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31 Mar 2019
£7770
Price Includes
* International air travel to/from Brazzaville on Ethiopian Airlines from London
* Internal 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 with full-board basis with 3 nights at Lango Camp and 3 nights at Ngaga Camp
* All local drinks not including premium imported brands or champagne
* Laundry at camps (excluding some personal items due to cultural beliefs)
* Pre and post trip accommodation in Brazzaville with breakfast and return airport transfers
Price Excludes
Gratuities and items of a personal nature, meals and activities while in Brazzaville.
Price Notes
This itinerary departs on certain weekdays so please speak to a specialist. It can be extended if you wish.

If you would prefer to fly Air France to Brazzaville, contact us and we can tailor a quotation for you.

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  1.   Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Lango Camp
Lango Camp
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Situated in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park this secluded camp provides guests with the opportunity to explore the rainforest, rivers and Lango Bai on game drives, guided walks and motorised pirogues.
             
Mboko Camp
Mboko Camp
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Mboko Camp Larger than the other two camps, Mboko Camp has 12 bungalows/cabins at the Lekoli River bank in Odzala-Kokoua National Park. In this area, habitats range from grassland to tropical......
         
Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
In the heart of a rainforest block, this small and personal camp is ideally located for Lowland gorilla tracking in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park.
           

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'We really enjoyed the experience and adventure is the right word'. 

Mr and Mrs Feldman
September 5, 2018
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