Republic of Congo Safaris
10 Hours 20 Minutes (via Paris)
Air France, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, South African Airways
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh
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Call us on 01386 830264Tracks Safaris- We get you closer to Africa
The Republic of the Congo (or Congo-Brazzaville) is a small, stable country which takes its name from the great Congo River that forms its south-eastern border. Perhaps one of the greatest wildlife attractions is the chance to trek and see a family of Western Lowland Gorilas in their natural habitat - but the country also has some other fabulous wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. This remote and little visited country is definitely a destination that this is appearing on more and more of our clients’ ‘bucket lists’!
Brazzaville, named after the explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, lies in the southern corner of the country and is the capital. Even though the country gained full independence in 1960 traces of the French connection can still be seen (and tasted) in the city. The Congolese economy is based upon petroleum, forestry and village agriculture.
The Congo has various National Parks and reserves but the most famous is Odzala-Kokoua, situated in the North Western Corner of the country. This 13 600km² paradise is managed by African Parks and is home to 400 bird species, 114 mammal species and in excess of 4,400 plants species. Mammals of the area include Western Lowland Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Spotted Hyena, Sitatunga and Bongo.
This vast area of Odzala-Kokoua has just three camps which are all operated by Odzala Discovery Camps - and each camp offers something different and unique!
Ngaga Camp is in prime Western Lowland Gorilla habitat and trekking to see the habituated groups is done from camp in the mornings. A visit to the village of Ombo, afternoon walks in the forest or sundowners at the river deck gives you a variety of options to choose from for afternoon activities.
A three hour drive away, Mboko and Lango camps offer pure adventure – whether it be exploring a bai, canoeing down the Lekoli River or going on adventure walks through forest swamps. It is here that sightings of elephant and buffalo are common and guests oftern see large flocks of African Grey Parrots landing in the bai in front of Lango Camp.
All three camps are small, intimate camps offering superb guiding. Even though tourism is a relatively new but growing industry in The Republic of Congo, service standards at the camps are excellent and they are very comfortable.
NEW! Join a set departure safari to Odzala National Park every Thursday or Monday! Fly directly to the park avoiding a long road journey and keep costs down by flying on the scheduled flight in and out of Odzala every Thursday or Monday - a choice of 4 night, 7 night and 10 night itineraries is now available.
A night or two either side in Brazaville is recommended to explore this vibrant city!
If you are travelling in a group of more than 4 then ask us for a tailor made itinerary to suit your dates and interests.
Tracks Safaris are just one of a handful of UK safari operators who have visited The Republic of Congo and visited all three Odzala camps - not just once but twice - in the last couple of years. Talk to us as we have experienced first hand the wonderful wildlife and activities on offer and can give you the very best up to date information and advice. At the moment we are delighted to offer the 4 night, 7 night and 10 night set departure every Thursday or Monday - or we can tailor make you your perfect package if your party is 4 or more guests.
Ask about extending your safari to Ethiopia, Kenya or South Africa!
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Call us on 01386 830264 to discuss your options and talk to someone who has been there!
CONGO ADVENTURE - REPUBLIC OF CONGO - TAILOR MADE JOURNEY
Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo and Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central Africa Republic preserve what are among the most beautiful, accessible rain forests in Africa, and the last of their kind on the planet.
These remote Congo Basin parks are home to diverse wildlife such as Forest elephants, Western lowland gorillas, Forest buffaloes, sitatunga and bongo antelopes, Giant forest hogs, numerous monkey species, leopards and a long list of endemic birds, including the African grey parrot. Nowhere else in Central Africa is there such a high probability of seeing all this wildlife in one place.
While wildlife research in the parks is an important focus, Nouabale-Ndoki and Dzanga-Ndoki also provide Africa's newest and most adventurous wildlife experiences for intrepid travelers – access to the world's only habituated Western lowland gorilla silverbacks and their harems; Central Africa's highest concentrations of Forest elephants; and the Ba'Aka, the Central African indigenous people who serve as gorilla trackers and who are the cornerstones of the gorilla habituation programs.
The parks receive a handful of visitors a year, many of them scientists and film makers. Adventurous and intrepid travellers will relish this opportunity to get 'off the beaten track' to persue wildlife viewing in remote and unspoilt areas. Tracks safaris are delighted to offer tailor made wildlife viewing adventures to the Congo Basin - an example itinerary can be found below: