DISCOVER THE JUNGLES OF CONGO IN 2021
Now is the time to book: Valid for stays between 1st January – 31 December 2021
Is this the safari for you?
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).
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. 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.
Highlights of this safari
✓ Unique Gorilla tracking and wildlife
✓ Guided day & night forest walks
✓ Boat cruises
✓ Community & culture interaction
✓ Brazzaville tour
Packages & Price
Gorilla Discovery: 4 nights (3 nights Ngaga and 1 night Mboko)
from $8,250 per person sharing, $9,820 per single
Odzala Discovery: 7 nights (3 nights Ngaga, 2 nights Lango and 2 nights Mboko)
from $10,830 per person sharing, $13,578 per single
Odzala Discovery: 10 nights (4 nights Ngaga, 3 nights Mboko and 3 nights Lango)
from $14,610 per person sharing, $18,535 per single
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.
Ngaga is truly gorilla central. A focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters, Ngaga Camp’s unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Like Lango, the Camp is constructed from natural materials using traditional techniques.
Western Lowland Gorillas are the main species of wildlife searched for from Ngaga Camp and they are tracked on foot from the Camp itself.
Mboko’s 12 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: flowers and butterflies (depending on the season) can be seen in profusion. Mboko Camp, offers visitors breath-taking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and 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.
Forest Buffalo and Elephant are common visitors to Mboko 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!
Forest Buffalo and Harnessed Bushbuck are regular visitors to the bai and can be seen at any time of the day. Forest Elephant and Spotted Hyaena are also regular visitors but are more typically seen after dark.
All Discoveries begin and end in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo connecting with the in-seat charter flights on Mondays/Thursdays between Brazzaville and Mboko (Odzala Discovery Camps) (2 hours). Add on nights at the Radisson Blu, Brazzaville, for approximately $360 per room per night (subject to change).
Included in your safari
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Gorilla trek permits and activities per camp
- Meals, house wine/beer/spirits/drinks
- Road transfers (Between airport & hotel; camps & camp activities)
- Limited laundry and Wi-Fi
- Brazzaville tour (half day, incl. lunch)
- Airport assistance on arrival
- Conservation, medical evacuation & park fees
Excluded from your safari
- Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
- Imported spirits, connoisseur wine and champagne.
- Accommodation, meals & activities as required in Brazzaville (rooms at
- Radisson Blu Hotel – $360 per room subject to change – please enquire).
- International flights, activities, transfers, permits, fees, visa for ROC, accommodation, meals and drinks not mentioned under inclusions
SAFARI FOR CHANGE
A unique aspect of the Odzala experience is the in-house research team who were the first to habituate western lowland gorillas. Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Magda Beremejo and German Illera, Ngaga has become one of Africa’s most important gorilla trekking destinations – without this research there would be no habituated gorillas and no guest experience on which to base an eco-tourism venture.
Ngaga also provides a unique opportunity to assess the effects of gorilla tourism on broader gorilla conservation efforts in Congo and beyond.
The charitable organisation Sabine Plattner African Charities / SPAC aims at enabling and empowering children, women and men at the Republic of Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua National Park to act independently and sustainably for a future in the rainforest that is worth living.
Projects include a community centre, early childhood development and youth development program.
Your safari adheres to Captured In Africa’s Responsible Tourism Policy
ENQUIRE / BOOK
COVID-19 POLICY: Should your booking be negatively impacted as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak continuing into late 2020 and 2021, then Captured In Africa will allow ONE free of charge CHANGE to any date within 12 months of your original travel date.
Please stay safe.