Congo Odzala Discovery


Congo Odzala Discovery

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 9 days
Type: PrivateExclusive departures for you, your friends and family

Dossier

The Congo Odzala Discovery is a safari like no other. Even the most experienced safari-goers will find much that is completely new in Odzala. The remoteness, beauty, and the sheer weight of its biodiversity are sure to astound and delight you, and the itinerary is focused around the idea of “parting the great green veil” and letting you see inside one of Africa’s last pristine wilderness areas. Odzala has three very special Camps reflecting the different ecosystems in which they are found. Each offers a variety of activities designed to let you explore their unique surroundings. This is your chance to walk the path less taken, to marvel at unique and sometimes bizarre creatures, and to experience the undiscovered beauty and majesty of Congo.


 Tour Rating 

Fitness ●●●●○ | Off the Beaten Track ●●●●● | Culture ●●●○○| History ●●○○○ | Wildlife ●●●●● 

Tour Pace 

Moderate 

Tour Highlights

  • This is a Gorilla protection hotspot and home to pioneering research of the Western Lowland Gorilla
  • The chance to view rare species such as Forest elephant, forest buffalo, bongo, sitatunga, various monkey species and rare birds.
  • Stay at three remote camps in a vast wilderness. Lango and Ngaga are small camps of only 6

 

Accommodation:    Excellent quality Jungle Lodges

Included Meals:      Daily breakfast (B), plus lunches (L) and dinners (D) as shown in the itinerary.

Group Size:            Maximum of 12

Start Point:             Brazzaville

End Point:               Brazzaville

Transport:             4WD, Boat, Plane

Countries:           Republic of Congo    

Tour itinerary notes 

While our intention is to adhere to the day-by-day itinerary as printed below, a degree of flexibility needs to be built in and local circumstances may require a change in the schedule. We will advise you as soon as we are aware of any changes. 

Tour Guide 

Our guides are a key strength, chosen for their knowledge of and passion for the areas in which they work. All of our guides are carefully hand-picked, and are not just passing through these countries, but are usually locally born. Unlike some companies it should be noted we do not send a guide or tour leader from Undiscovered Destinations in the UK as we have every confidence in our locally appointed representative who is responsible for operating the tour on our behalf. On the Odzala Discovery you will have the same guide throughout your trip when following the below itinerary, taking you through the different biomes and ensuring a perfectly varied experience tailored to your interests.  

Day 1 (Wednesday) – Arrive Brazzaville

On arrival at Maya Maya International Airport you will be met and helped with the transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or to explore the city.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Brazzaville 

Day 2 (Thursday) – Odzala

The flight to Odzala departs Brazzaville at 1pm, arriving Odzala at 3pm where there is a road transfer from the airstrip to the Ngaga Camp. The drive takes about 2½ hours through the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. You will be met on arrival by the Gorilla Research Team, with dinner to follow.

Overnight Ngaga Camp in a luxury en-suite Forest Room (D) 

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”, which is a dropped deck below the main area, and also has a fire pit. Guests can enjoy post forest walk drinks, cocktail parties or private dinners on the “River Deck” which is located on the Ngaga stream, a short walk from camp. 

Day 3 (Friday) – Gorilla Trek

This morning you will set off on the first of your Gorilla treks. 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. Your chances of seeing Gorilla are extremely high, but, as with many wildlife experiences, never guaranteed. You will return to the camp for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing, followed by a forest walk for bird watching and the discovery of forest life, with sundowners by the river.

Overnight Ngaga Camp in a luxury en-suite Forest Room (BLD) 

Day 4 (Saturday) – Gorilla Trek

Another chance to head off into the forest on a morning Gorilla trek before returning to the camp for lunch. This afternoon you will have time with the Gorilla Research Team, before a forest walk and a night walk to view the nocturnal forest life.

Overnight Ngaga Camp in a luxury en-suite Forest Room (BLD) 

Day 5 (Sunday) - Mboko Camp

This morning you can relax around the camp or if you wish there is the option for a 3rd gorilla trek (at an additional cost) before we take a road transfer through Mbomo village and travel to the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. We will arrive at Mboko Camp for lunch followed by a late afternoon river cruise and sundowners.

Overnight Mboko Camp in an en-suite River Room (BLD) 

Mboko Camp

Located inside the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Mboko Camp is the largest of the Odzala Discovery camps. It has 12 canvas cabins set along the Lekoli River. The spacious main area has a dining room, lounge and bar all overlooking the wide-open grasslands. There is a “Star Deck” and a “River Deck” on the Lekoli River. Most activities are a combination of walking and boating, while some driving may be required to get from one place to another. River activities are on foot or in aluminium boats or kayaks. These activities can involve wading through streams and bais. Sightings of various primates, birds, forest elephants, bongo, forest buffalo, dwarf crocodiles, forest ducks, hyena, kingfishers and maybe even a hippo can be expected. 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. 

Day 6 (Monday) - Lekoli River

We take a guided morning kayak on the Lekoli River followed by walk upstream to the Lango Bai. We arrive at Lango Camp in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing, followed by a forest walk or even a dip in the Lango Bai.

Overnight Lango Camp in a luxury en-suite Forest Room (BLD)  

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 Bai. 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 bai, as well as a “Star Deck” where guests can relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks. Main activities focus on the bai, Lekoli River and the surrounding savannah. They are a combination of walking and boating, while some driving may be required to reach more remote places. River activities are on foot or in an aluminium boat or kayaks. These activities can involve wading through streams and bais. Guests can expect to see various primates, birds, forest elephants, bongo, forest buffalo, dwarf crocodiles, forest ducks(?), kingfishers and maybe even a hippo. 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. 

Day 7 (Tuesday) – Lango Camp

Today's activities can include a game drive looking for primates such as Guereza Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Moustached Monkey as well as bushbuck and various species of forest-dwelling Duiker (small antelope). There is a chance to take a pirogue trip along the river, before returning to camp on foot through Lango Bai. In the evening you will be given a camera-trap presentation to see what wildlife researchers have managed to capture on film.

Overnight Lango Camp in a luxury en-suite Forest Room (BLD) 

Day 8 (Wednesday) - Mboko Camp

A guided morning walk to the bird hide from where you can watch species such as African Grey Parrots and African Green Pigeons at the bai, is followed by a game drive transfer and then a walk along a raised, wooden walkway through the swamp. Arrive in time for lunch at Mboko Camp. In the afternoon, choose between an adventure walk in the Likeni River or take an afternoon river cruise on the Lekoli River. Overnight Mboko Camp in an en-suite River Room (BLD) 

Day 9 (Thursday) – Brazzaville

After breakfast at Mboko Camp, depart on the charter flight back to Brazzaville at 9am. On arrival in Brazzaville at 11am you will be met and assisted with checking in for your onward flight. (B) 

NOTE

If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay at the end, we are able to book hotels in Brazzaville and also arrange a day tour of the city. Please contact us for details and costs. 

Tour Inclusions/Exclusions 

Inclusions:

Airport meet and greet in Brazzaville and full airport assistance on arrival and departure.

Return schedule charter flight from Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville to Mboko airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park on Thursdays.

3 nights Ngaga Camp, 2 nights Mboko Camp and 2 nights Lango Camp.

Daily guided activities, including 2 gorilla permits, 1 boat cruise, 1 kayak safari, daily guided forest walks.

3 meals per day, house wines, beers, spirits, water and soft drinks (excluding connoisseur wine and champagne).

Road transfers between camps and airstrip and to and from Brazzaville hotel (if booked) and Maya-Maya Airport.

Congo letter of invitation fee and all 3rd party fees including Medical Evacuation, Community Fees and Park fees.

Laundry and internet access (Wi-Fi available in all camps).

 

Excluded:

International flights

Any airport taxes

Travel Insurance

Gratuities and all items of a personal nature at Odzala Discovery Camps.

Optional 3rd gorilla trek if requested

Visas