Republic of Congo


ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK

Odzala Discovery Camps

The Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, both former French colonies, are 2 of the 6 countries across which the Congo Basin expands. Second in size to the mighty Amazon, the forests of the Congo Basin contain the greatest number of mammals, primates, birds, amphibians, fish and swallowtail butterflies in Africa. More than a 1,000 species of bird can be found here. The basin is a total of 3.7 million km2 and is home to some of the largest undisturbed stands of tropical rainforest on the planet, in addition to large wetlands. Connecting two of the most iconic locations – Odzala-Kokoua and Dzanga-Sangha National Parks – within this rainforest wilderness offers the most exciting opportunity to discover a part of Africa in a truly pioneering way, while making a significant contribution to the long-term conservation and community sustainability of this region. This is Africa unmasked, beautiful and powerful. This is the most exciting destination to be opening to tourism. This is CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY waiting for you to discover the most remarkable and unspoilt natural wonders of the continent.

Ngaga Camp

Ngaga Camp, located just outside the park boundary in the Ndzehe concession, overlooks a beautiful open glade within primary forest above a forest stream. The camp is situated within the overlapping home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, two of which are habituated.

The main activity at Ngaga Camp – and a true Congo highlight – is tracking habituated groups of western lowland gorillas through the rainforest. Skilled local trackers will lead you in search of gorillas accustomed (through years of patient research) to being approached by humans. Deciphering barely visible tracks and signs, and keeping an ear open for vocalisations, the trackers have an uncanny ability to anticipate the gorillas’ movements and get you into the best possible viewing positions.

As well as gorilla tracking, Ngaga offers a host of additional unique activities:

  • Explore the Ndzehe Forest on a network of well-maintained trails – a very different experience to the swampy terrain at Lango
  • Night walks – in search of nocturnal primates and other shy forest species
  • Take time to admire – and even commune with – giant forest trees
  • Spend time just looking around you at the colours and shapes of insects, seed pods, fungi and orchids
  • Don’t forget to look up for turacos, hornbills, and other impressive forest birds
  • Cool off in a clear forest stream after a day tracking gorillas
  • Visit nearby Ombo village to learn more about sustainable forest lifestyles and how people make the most of all that Nature provides in such a remote location.
  • Experience the forest by night, in search of strange nocturnal creatures

Mboko Camp

At our largest camp, Mboko’s twelve guest rooms extend along the banks of a free-flowing tributary of the Lekoli River. Situated in an area of lush meadow-like savannah, frequented by forest buffalo, forest elephant and spotted hyaena, Mboko gives a sense of the scale of Odzala, while also allowing you to focus on some of the smaller details such as flowers and butterflies (depending on the season) which can be seen in profusion. Mboko Camp offers visitors breath-taking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and the grassland savannah, where hundreds of towering termite mounds help create an otherworldly experience.

Mboko provides you with spectacular star-viewing opportunities before you fall asleep to the sounds of life-giving water flowing to meet the Congo River, and also offers access to nearby villages on the fringes of the Park, where you can met and interact with local people.

Many activities at Lango and Mboko are a combination of driving and / or walking and boating. This is to give you access to the most productive and beautiful areas of the concession, and the best possible wildlife viewing once there.

  • Exploring the nearby bai and associated swampy open areas, the Lekoli River, surrounding savannah and forest areas 
  • Spot wildlife from the Camp: Forest buffalo and Harnessed bushbuck are regular visitors 
  • Enjoy the antics of resident Cercophithecus nictitans (putty nose monkeys) in the gallery forests in front of camp 
  • Walk the 700m nature board walk through the semi flooded forest near Mboko 
  • Adventure trails along the edges of forested areas give insights into the arboreal world 
  • Drift silently down the Lekoli River, watching out for primates, birds and forest elephant on the banks
  • Spot dwarf crocodiles, forest ducks and kingfishers – and maybe even a hippo 
  • Look out for hyaena, aardvark, and serval on savannah game drives by day and night 
  • Enjoy a chorus of strangely melodious forest sounds after dark

Lango Camp

Lango’s six guest rooms are raised to the level of the surrounding gallery forest, giving incredible views out onto the open marshy bai in front of the camp – one of the most arresting views of any camp in Africa. The bai holds a magnetic attraction for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo by day and forest elephants by night.

Lango’s strategic location in the south central part of Odzala allows easy access to a variety of converging habitats. A real highlight of your stay at Lango is the change to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat, traditional pirogue, or even kayak. Lango is also one of the few places in Africa where you can safely explore streams and marshes on foot – a true immersive experience!

Many activities at Lango and Mboko are a combination of driving and / or walking and boating. This is to give you access to the most productive and beautiful areas of the Concession, and the best possible wildlife viewing once there.

  • Exploring the bai and associated swampy open areas, the Lekoli River and surrounding savannah and forest areas
  • Spot wildlife from the camp: Forest buffalo and Harnessed bushbuck are regular visitors to the bai
  • Enjoy the antics of resident Guereza colobus monkeys
  • Walk (and wade) the (Lango) bai and savannah
  • Adventure trails along the edges of forested areas give insights into the arboreal world
  • Spot dwarf crocodiles, forest ducks and kingfishers – and maybe even a hippo
  • Look out for hyaena, aardvark, and serval on savannah game drives by day and night
  • Enjoy a chorus of strangely melodious forest sounds after dark

 

 

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