Odzala Congo Gorilla 8 Day

Odzala Congo Gorilla

Brief Description

Ranked as one of the top countries to visit in 2013 by the New York Times, and best places to travel for 2015 by Lonely Planet’s top 10, this part of the Congo has become a fantasy destination for ecotourism. In the heart of the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest tropical rain forest after the Amazon Basin. Here we offer you 8 day best of Odzala Congo Gorilla.
 
Odzala Congo Gorilla-Experience the ultimate safari adventure as you explore the towering forests, crystal-clear streams and expansive open savannah of north-west Congo: track western lowland gorillas through pristine rainforest and discover a mosaic of grasslands and waterways as you search out unique birds and wildlife. This is a safari like no other, and today, it is finally within reach (if you are ready for it).

 

A Brief Overview of Your Trip

 

Start your journey with four days in Brazaville, enjoying the view of the Atlantic Ocean and Equatorial Forest of Congo. Drive, walk and cruise in one of the oldest National Park. Trek to find the western lowland gorillas through pristine rainforest.

 

Then enjoy a whole threee different luxury camps in the pristine rainforest and a mosaic of grasslands and waterways.

 

Activities

 

  • Food & Wine / Scenic Flight/ Scenic Drive / Trek Tours / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Safari / Wildlife

 

Themes

  • Leisure / Food & Wine / African Safari/ Gorrilas

 

Features

  • Spectacular Scenery / Luxury African Safari Camp

 

Day 1: Brazzaville-Ngala

 

Airport assistance at Maya Maya

Odzala Charter Flight: departs Brazzaville at 1pm, arrives Odzala at 3pm

Schedule charter (Let L-410) flight to Odzala (2 hours), landing strip Mboko airstrip

Road transfer from airstrip to Ngaga Camp (about 2½ hour drive through the Odzala-Kokoua National Park)

Meet the gorilla research team followed by dinner

Overnight Ngaga Camp in a luxury en-suite forest room

Overnight at Ngaga Camp.

  • Main destination:Odzala-Kokoua National Park
  • Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast-included

 

NGAGA CAMP

“A delightful Camp consisting of 6 rooms that rests in a glade within primary forest above the Ngaga Stream and within the home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, two of which are habituated.”

 

 

Day 2: Ngaga Camp

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 in a luxury en-suite forest room

Overnight at Ngaga Camp

  • Main destination:Odzala-Kokoua National Park
  • Accommodation: Ngaga Camp Meals & drinks:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 3: Ngaga Camp

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 in a luxury en-suite forest room

Overnight at Ngaga Camp.

  • Main destination: Odzala-Kokoua National Park
  • Accommodation: Bay Hotel
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Mboko Camp

Relaxed morning in camp (optional 3rd gorilla trek at additional cost)

Road transfer through Mbomo village (Sunday village life) and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Arrive at Mboko Camp for lunch followed by late afternoon river cruise and sundowners

Overnight Mboko Camp in an en-suite river room

Odzala Congo GorillaMBOKO CAMP

“Mboko’s 12 guest rooms extend along the banks of a free-flowing tributary of the Lekoli River.”

Overnight at Mboko Camp.

Main destination: Odzala-Kokoua National Park

  • Accommodation: Mboko Camp
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 5: 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 Camp in a luxury en-suite forest room

 

Odzala Congo GorillaLANGO CAMP

“A beautiful 6-roomed Camp nestled in dense gallery forest overlooking the productive Lango Bai and with access to the Lekoli River and the surrounding savannah.”

 

Overnight at Lango Camp

  • Accommodation: Lango Camp
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Lango Camp

Guided morning adventure walk

Lunch at Lango Camp

Afternoon relax followed by forest and bai walk or bird watching from the camp deck

Evening camera trap presentation – what has been around camouflaged in the forest?

Overnight Lango Camp in a luxury en-suite forest room

Overnight at night at Lango Camp.

 

  • Main destination:Odzala-Kokoua National Park
  • Accommodation: Lango Camp
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 7: Mboko Camp

Guided morning walk to bird hide to watch the African grey parrots in the bai

Game drive transfer followed by raised wooden path walk through swamp

Lunch at Mboko Camp

Afternoon river cruise on the Lekoli River or adventure walk in the Likeni River

Overnight Mboko Camp in an en-suite river room

Overnight at night at Mboko Camp (BLD).

  • Main destination:Odzala-Kokoua National Park
  • Accommodation: Mboko Camp
  • Meals & drinks:BLD=Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9: Brazzaville

Breakfast at Mboko Camp

Odzala Charter Flight: departs Odzala at 9am, arrives Brazzaville at 11am

Connect with onward flight or stay in Brazzaville

Night at Mboko Camp (B)

  • Main destination:Brazzaville
  • Meals & drinks:Breakfast

Odzala Congo GorillaODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK

Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Congo’s remote north-west is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, having been proclaimed by the French administration in 1935. It is some 13 600 square kilometres (1 360 million hectares) of pristine rainforest and is an integral part of both the Congo Basin and the TRIDOM Transfrontier Park overlapping Gabon, Congo and Cameroon.

Covered in forests, rivers, marshes and swamps, the Park receives some 1 500 mm of rain annually, mainly during the two wet seasons. Permanent rivers are a primary feature, with the Lekoli and Kokoua rivers flowing into the Park’s major channel, the Mambili.

In some places, the Mambili is up to 100 metres wide between densely forested banks; it then flows into the great Congo Basin.

Bais, or salines, are major features of this rainforest. These swampy, grassy areas are dotted across the rainforest and offer a rare chance to catch a glimpse beyond the ‘green curtain’ into the lives of the forest dwellers. Various mammal species come to the bais on a regular basis in order to access various elements, from water to minerals and salts to sedges and water-loving grasses to water.

Odzala Congo Gorilla

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