Wild Eye Odzala Expedition Feature

Odzala Expedition

from $14,995.00

Highlights

  • Starts: Brazzaville on day 1
  • Ends: Maya Maya International Airport Brazzaville on day 9
  • 1 Night Radisson Blu Hotel in Brazzaville
  • 3 Nights Ngaga Camp
  • 2 Gorilla Treks (Western Lowland Gorilla)
  • 2 Nights Lango Camp at Lango Bai
  • 2  Nights Mboko Camp
  • Primates Include: Western Lowland Gorillas, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Black-and-white colobus monkey, Crowned monkeys & Putty nose monkeys, Moustached monkeys
  • Wildlife Includes: Bongo, Forest Buffalo, Forest Elephant, Harnessed Bushbuck, Red River Hog, Western African Sitatunga, Aardvark, Serval and Spotted Hyena
  • Birdlife Includes: Black-casqued wattled hornbill, Great blue turaco, African grey parrot, Green Pigeon
  • Additional Freight seat on internal flights takes luggage restrictions from 15kg’s pp to a total of 30kgs pp
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Safari
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4
All about the Odzala Expedition.

Overview

This Safari adventure takes place in the the north-west region of the Republic of the Congo inside the pristine Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This is a lowland rainforest characterised by a network of baïs, rivers, marshes and swamps. This vast and truly wild region, with its wide range of landscapes and habitat, is home to an incredible diversity of life. Forest elephant, leopard, bongo, forest buffalo, giant forest hog and hippo live alongside the greatest density of western lowland gorilla in Africa.

Our 8 night adventure (1 Night in Brazzaville, 3 Nights at Ngaga Camp, 2 Nights at Lango Camp and 2 Nights Mboko Camp) explores the region in detail, aiming to give our guests the best possible opportunity at seeing and photographing the spectacular diversity of mammals, insects, primates and birdlife in the region. Activities will include Gorilla treks, forest walks, night time forest walks, canoeing, river walks, and game drives.

The vast green wilderness that is Odzala-Kokoua National Park has a multitude of habitats. In general, the north of the Park has dense forest covering many steep-sloped hills, while in the west a major escarpment runs roughly north-south from which the altitude drops 350 metres into low swampy forest. The southern part of the Park is characterised by pockets of savannah dotted with forest islands, bisected by the rivers and their associated gallery forests.

A primary feature is the occurrence of “bais” or salines. These are swampy, grassy clearings in the otherwise dense forest that forest wildlife visit on a regular basis in order to drink, feed on sedges and grasses, and obtain minerals and salts. These bais range in size from less than a hectare to more than ten hectares and represent the best chance of seeing forest wildlife. The bais we visit in Odzala-Kokoua are relatively small and as a result offer the opportunity for close up viewing of various species.

This vast, wild region, with its wide range of landscapes, is home to an incredible diversity of life. It holds globally significant populations of Western Lowland Gorilla and Forest Elephant as well as a plethora of other species: 430 bird species and more than 100 mammal species of which around 50 are classified as medium- or large-sized. It has the highest number (11) of diurnal primates for any forest block in central Africa, as well as central Africa’s highest density of Chimpanzees.

Other species include Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Hippo. Clouds of spectacular butterflies are characteristic of the region. The trees are spectacular: ancient giants well over 50 metres tall emerge from the canopy, delicate orchids cling to the branches, while the forest floor is littered with an incredible array of pods, fruits, flowers and fungi.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Day 1 Arrival

    Arrive in Brazzaville and overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel (B&B basis)

  2. Day 2 Brazzaville
    • Breakfast and morning walk along the Congo River
      • Depart for Odzala at 13:00, land at 15:00, overnight at Ngaga Camp
  3. Day 3 Ngaga Camp

    Ngaga Camp and Gorilla Trek

  4. Day 4 Ngaga Camp

    Ngaga Camp and Gorilla Trek

  5. Day 5 Lango Camp

    Transfer by road from Ngaga camp to Mboko Camp for lunch, Kayak and walk into Lango Camp

  6. Day 6 Lango Camp

    Full day Lango Camp

  7. Day 7 Lango Camp

    Transfer to Mboko Camp, afternoon boat cruise

  8. Day 8 Lango Camp

    Full Day Mboko Camp with walks and boat cruises

  9. Day 9 Departure
    •   Flight from Lango camp to Brazzaville (depart at 09:00 and land at 11:00
      • Lunch at Wata Mami (lunch is excluded)
      • Transfer to Maya Maya for return flight home
        • Additional night may be need in Brazzaville depending on your return international flight details.

     

Ngaga Camp

Ngaga Camp is in the Ndzehi Forest on the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park and consists of 6 rooms beautifully constructed from natural materials such as locally woven raffia palm panels. The rooms are raised on 3 – 4 meter stilts and have 360° wraparound viewing walkways that connect with the main area. The camp has a dining room, lounge, and bar area all on raised decks looking out into the rainforest. Pre-dinner drinks are served on the “star deck” with fire pit which is a dropped deck below the main area. Guests can enjoy post forest walk drinks, cocktail parties or private dinners on the river deck which is located on the Ngaga stream.

The main activity at Ngaga Camp is tracking Western lowland gorillas.The western lowland gorillas are found in tropical lowland forest areas. They are slightly smaller than their mountain cousins. These gorillas are critically endangered due to the risks they face from habitat loss, the bush meat trade and transmission of diseases from humans. The Congo Conservation Company has collaborated with the government to protect habitat and ecologically important resources that benefit these species inside the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The Congo Conservation Company supports a very successful gorilla research centre at Ngaga Camp which has a huge impact on the western gorillas’ survival.

PLEASE NOTE: For gorilla viewing guests need to produce a medical certificate to prove they have been vaccinated against polio and measles, and are free from tuberculosis. A guide and skilled local tracker lead guests to 2 groups of habituated Western lowland gorillas. Please note that although every effort is made, gorilla viewing is not guaranteed. Birding walks and night walks are also possible.

 

Lango Camp

Lango Camp is in the south-central part of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, allowing easy access to a variety of habitats. There are 6 double rooms in camp all built on 3-4 meter stilts overlooking the Lango Baï. The rooms are constructed of natural materials including locally woven raffia palm panels. The camp is connected by a series of raised walkways creating a treehouse-like atmosphere. There is a dining, lounge and bar area overlooking the baï, as well as a star deck where guests can relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks or spend lazy afternoons watching the wildlife in front of camp.

Main activities focus on the baï, Lekoli River and surrounding savannah. Activities are a combination of walking and boating, while some driving may be required to get more remote places. River activities are done on foot or in an aluminium boat or kayaks. These activities can involve wading through streams and baïs. Mountain biking between Mboko Camp and Lango Camp is available for guests who are fit and active. Adventure trails along the edges of forested areas give insights into the arboreal world. Look out for hyena, aardvark and serval on savannah game drives by day and night.

Dates & Prices

All dates are confirmed. Prices are quoted per person.

Duration Spaces Price Book
February 16 - 24, 2020 Sold out
Guide: Andrew B
June 6 - 14, 2021 4 $16,285.00
Guide: Andrew B

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