Congo Explorer & Gorillas
Lowland gorilla silverback at Odzala  
Bongo are rare and spectacular forest-dwelling antelope  
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 - wading can be up to chest height in clear waters.  
Lowland gorilla  
Flock of African green pigeons at the bai  
Lowland gorilla in a Bai (marshy forest clearing with salt llick).  
Cooling off at Ngaga stream  
Boating jaunts, 4-wheel drive stints and walking are all involved.  
Guided night walk  
4WD driving excursion through the park  
Sundowners  
Guided rainforest walk  
10 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£11175

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
  • First class hospitality in remote, secluded camps
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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.

This trip was 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.

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Day 1
Fly to Brazzaville
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.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu
     
Day 2
Day 2
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 3
Day 3
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 4
Day 4
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 5
Day 5
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 6
Day 6
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 7
Day 7
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 8
Day 8
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 9
Day 9
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 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.
Day 10
Arrival in London (or selected other UK airports)
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.

Pricing Information & Dates

10 day tour, from £11175 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* 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 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
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.

Tour Route Map

  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.
           
Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Radisson Blu Raddison Blu M’ Bamou Palace Hotel provides very comfortable accommodation of a high standard in Brazzaville. It is located just 6km from Maya Maya Airport and from the hotel,......
     

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Reviews

Hi Craig and Derek,

 

Many thanks - we had a great time! The trip exceeded our expectations - all the logistics/transport/guiding were great!

 

Our biggest surprise was that as a result of so few guests going to Odzala we had our own chef travelling with us! We had successful and very enjoyable gorilla sightings on both treks. Odzala was very remote - exactly what we were looking for!

 

We will contact you for our next trip.............

 

Regards.

 

Duncan, Carol, David and Deborah

 

Mr & Mrs Evans and Mr & Mrs Hughes
February 8, 2019

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

Mr and Mrs Feldman
September 5, 2018
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