Odzala Photo Safari


2020 - Odzala Photo Safari
February 16, 2020
Per Single Guest (14,750.00)
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Highlights

  • Starts: Brazzaville on day 1
  • Ends: Maya Maya International Airport Brazzaville on day 9
  • 1 Night GHS Hotel in Brazzaville
  • 3 Nights Ngaga Camp
  • 2 Gorilla Treks (Western Lowland Gorilla)
  • 4 Nights Lango Camp at Lango Bai
  • Half day Brazzaville Private Guided Tour on Day 9
  • 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 Hyeana
  • 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

Departures

February, 2019

Dates: February 17, 2019 - February 25, 2019
Guide: Andrew Beck
Cost: USD 13,750 per single guest
Single person supplement: Nil
Max number of Photographers: 4 pax

2019 - Odzala Photo Safari
February 17, 2019
Per Single Guest (13,750.00)
Spaces left: 2
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Per Person Cost
Total Cost
13,750.00
13,750.00
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February, 2020

Dates: February 16, 2020 - February 24, 2020
Guide: Andrew Beck
Cost: USD 14,750 per single guest
Single person supplement: Nil
Max number of Photographers: 4 pax

2020 - Odzala Photo Safari
February 16, 2020
Per Single Guest (14,750.00)
Spaces left: 3
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Per Person Cost
Total Cost
14,750.00
14,750.00
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Thank you for booking your Wild Eye safari. We look forward to changing the way you see the world and will be in touch soon.

Description

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 Nairobi, 3 Nights at Ngaga camp and 4 Nights at Lango 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.

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.

The itinerary

  • Sunday Night: Overnight GHS Hotel, Brazzaville
  • Monday: Enjoy a morning in Brazzaville
    • Depart for Odzala at 13:00, land at 15:00
    • Overnight at Ngaga Camp
  • Tuesday: Full day Ngaga Camp and Gorilla Trek
  • Wednesday: Full day Ngaga Camp and Gorilla Trek
  • Thursday: Transfer by road from Ngaga camp to Lango Camp overlooking the Lango Bai
  • Friday: Full day Lango Camp
  • Saturday: Full day Lango Camp
  • Sunday: Full day Lango Camp
  • Monday: Flight from Lango camp to Brazzaville (depart at 09:00 and land at 11:00)
    • Half day Private guided Brazzaville City tour including lunch
    • Safari ends at Maya Maya Airport, Brazaville at 15:00

Your Safety

The Republic of the Congo is a former French Colony on the northern bank of the Congo River. Not to be confused with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), this Congo is calm, stable and rapidly developing as a leader in African affairs. Its modern history began with the late 19th century explorations of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, the French expeditionary after whom the capital is still named. Rightly dubbed the ‘Little Paris of Africa’, the French influence is most tangible when walking through the streets of Brazzaville. The capital is one of the cleanest and safest cities in Africa, with vibrant streets lined with art, fabric stalls, flower markets, cafés and the smell of freshly baked baguettes from one of its many boulangeries. Odzala-Kokoua National Park is part of the second largest coherent rainforest area on earth, hence this piece of Central Africa has a significant impact on our global climate, and the existence of all life. The heavily forested landscape is characterised by networks of swamps, bais and rivers making it the ideal habitat for western lowland gorillas.

Biodiversity

The Congo Conservation Company and Odzala Discovery Camps support the Sabine Plattner Africa Charities (SPAC) conservation efforts around Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This national park is home to around 80 000 people who rely on the rainforest as their environment, source of food, shelter, and medicine. SPAC follows a comprehensive and sustainable approach to conservation and works to strengthen the people so they become protectors of their own families as well as of the rainforest. Protection and conservation of the national park creates jobs and each staff salary may feed up to 10 family members. SPAC has also built community and early childhood development centres. Odzala Discovery Camps is the only tourism business creating employment in a region where barely 10% of the population has a regular income from paid labour.

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