4 nights & 5 days
Open all year round
Brazaville, Republic of Congo
Travel to the Congo Basin, one of Africa’s prime Western Lowland Gorilla tracking destinations for an opportunity to explore the tropical rainforests engaging with nature and science. Being conscious of our impact, the Gorilla tracking experiences in Sangha and Ngaga are founded on scientific research and conservation. The trackers and researchers who accompany the guests believe not in engagement but in observation and work on connecting with the lowland Gorilla families in a personal, respectful and in an authentic manner.
The Forest Five: During your journey to Odzala, be on the look out for the famous ‘Forest Five’ endemic to the Congo region: Forest Elephants, Western Lowland Gorillas, Forest Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog and Bongo.
The guests may have the priced opportunity to meet some of the primate researchers based at the Camps who on a daily basis work with Gorilla families with they key objective of maintaining familiarity. The Camps’ trackers have a philosophy to allow natural behaviours of gorillas to continue, uninterrupted, as guests observe from a respectful distance.
Following the Ebola Outbreak in the early 2000s and the devastating impacts it had on Lowland Gorilla populations, the camps, trackers and researchers are committed to ensure the physical health and mental well-being of Gorilla families. With the possible threats faced by the primates due to air-borne diseases, we request guests to undergo pre-arrival checks and wear medical masks as they approach Gorilla families. Due to these reasons, the Camps located near Odzala-Kokoua National Park have become one of Africa’s most sort after and respectful lowland gorilla tracking destinations.
Overlooking a canopy of pristine rainforests, the beautiful Ngaga Camp is a focal point for unforgettable primate encounters and world-class primate research. Designed uniquely with wraparound walkways that allows guests to gaze directly into the forests and soak in a bit of nature, Ngaga Camp evokes within guests, a sense of childhood – the fun and mystery of treehouses.
The Western Lowland Gorilla Team based out of Ngaga Camp have spent a few decades in the forest navigating its trails and understanding the rhythms of the jungle. Visiting guests have the opportunity to share in their knowledge and experience this pristine rainforest. Walks in the forest during the day and at night, night safaris and more are available.
Accompanied by a tracker from the Camp’s research team, head out into the forests for tracking Gorillas in the morning. On your return, enjoy lunch and a relaxing afternoon, followed by a late afternoon forest walk for bird watching and discovery of forest life. Dinner and overnight in the Ngaga Camp’s en-suite forest chalet
The second Gorilla tracking experience in the morning with a guide and tracker from our team. During the Gorilla experience, spend time with your tracker from the gorilla research team learning more about your observations of the Gorilla families. Later in the day, head out on foot for a night walk to discover nocturnal forest life. Dinner and overnight in the Ngaga Camp‘s en-suite forest chalet.
Today will be your 3rd gorilla tracking opportunity with a guide and tracker from the research team. Checkout from the Ngaga Camp and transfer by road to Mboko Camp through the Mbomo village and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Arrive at Camp for lunch followed by a sundowner river cruise or kayak safari. Dinner and overnight in the Mboko Camp‘s en-suite river chalet.
Mboko Camp is a place of adventure and peace, in equal measure, comprising of a combo of towering rainforests, open grasslands and slow flowing rivers. Explore the forests in a safari vehicle, on a Kayak/boat or by foot. Of Odzala’s three camps, Mboko is the closest to the airstrip. Everyday holds a new adventure in this tranquil location.
A home to great adventure, activities at Mboko Camp involve a combination of walking, boating and kayaking through some of Congo’s most picturesque and pristine habitats. Between experiences short drives may be required.
At Mboko Camp, on request, soothing massages are available to rejuvenate from days of adventure. Massages are done by ladies from the local community who are part of the development programme. They continue to be trained by professionals locally and from Brazzaville and provide the perfect end to an adventurous vacation before a flight back home.
Enjoy your last meal in the Congo Basin in Mboko Camp. Transfer to the airstrip for return flight to Brazzaville. Congo Conservation Company’s scheduled flight departs Odzala at around 8:30am and arrives in Brazzaville at 10:30am (2 hours), landing at Maya Maya Airport. Connect with onward flights back home or stay in Brazzaville and soak up the city atmosphere.