Odzala, one of the most exciting safari ventures of all time is underway and soon to open in the Republic of Congo thanks to Wilderness Safaris. This former French colony is a sparsely populated, little known nation sandwiched between Gabon and the larger Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It lies in the heart of the Congo basin and aside from a host of forest biodiversity, holds by far the majority of the world population of Western Lowland Gorillas.
Here, no permit is required to view the gorillas if you stay at Odzala. You are guaranteed the opportunity to see these primates and there is the exclusivity of 6 groups of gorillas in a 5 kilometre x 5 kilometre area of the rainforest. Although still physically demanding, the altitude is low and the terrain is not mountainous. The park is also home to primates other than gorillas and river systems that meander through the rainforest allow for extraordinary safari experiences from the water.
So what’s the camp that is being built?
Well in fact there are going to be two in the region, Odzala Ngaga Camp and Odzala Lango Camp.
With just 6 tented rooms accommodating a maximum of 12 people at any time, you are guaranteed an intimate, personal safari experience. Rooms are being built 3 – 4 metres above ground each with 360 degree wraparound viewing walkways, ensuite bathrooms and spacious bedrooms. The camp rests in a glad of marantaceae vegetation in the heart of the pristine primary rainforest. Activities will focus on tracking and observing gorillas, forest walking trails, birding and night walks. Other primates in the area are putty-nosed monkey, crowned monkey and chimpanzee (often heard rather than seen).
This camp will be located in the South Central section of Odzala. It will have the the exact same configuration as sister camp, Ngaga in terms of rooms, style of service but with a slightly different experience, hence they are perfectly combinable to ensure an all round Congo classic safari holiday.
Odzala launch package
Encompass Africa is offering a 6 night package that combines Lango and Ngaga Camps for just US$5,625, saving US$375 per person.
- Internal flights (Brazzaville to M’boko airstrip and return)
- Ground transportation (M’boko airstrip to Lango Camp and return; Lango Camp to Ngaga Camp and return)
- Accommodation 3 nights Lango Camp, 3 nights Ngaga Camp
- All meals
- All drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne)
- Laundry at camps excluding smalls due to cultural beliefs
LANGO CAMP – guided walking/game drives/boat cruises/pirogue (canoeing) trips/park and forest visits
NGAGA CAMP – daily tracking of habituated gorilla groups/guided forest walks
- International air travel to/from Brazzaville (Encompass Africa can book for you)
- Accommodation in Brazzaville
- Departure tax of US$ 30 from Brazzaville
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