The Odzala Experience

The Odzala Experience

7 days/ 6 nights

Price from$11,946

• Lowland Gorillas • forest adapted species of mammals • over 440 bird species • wild & remote Africa

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park (PNOK) in north-western Congo is a vast green wilderness and one of Africa's oldest national parks.This vast and truly wild region, with its wide range of landscapes and habitat, is home to an incredible diversity of life. Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Hippopotamus live alongside the greatest density of Western Lowland Gorilla in Africa, the highest numbers of Chimpanzee yet recorded for any central African forest block, and a further nine diurnal and five nocturnal primates. Clouds of spectacular butterflies are characteristic of the region, whilst close to 440 bird species have been recorded here. The trees are spectacular: ancient giants well over 50 metres tall emerge from the canopy, delicate orchids cling to the branches and the forest floor is littered with an incredible array of pods, fruits, flowers and fungi.

Day 1: Brazzaville > Odzala-Kokoua National Park (D) Transfer by light aircraft to M'Boko Airstrip (approx 2 hours) where you will be met and transferred to Lango Camp. Time to freshen up before an afternoon activity.

Spend three nights at Lango Camp. Nestled in dense gallery forest with each room overlooking the productive Lango Bai. Activities access Lango Bai and adjacent forests, as well as the nearby savannah and Lekoli River. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks overlooking the bai with roofing of traditional woven raffia palm panels and walkways connect the rooms to the public areas. A star deck and fire pit sit on a dropped deck overlooking the bai for after dinner vigils.

Days 02 & 03: Odzala-Kokoua National Park (BLD) Activities include: Walking through the forests and streams, bais and salines, Day and night game drives, Boating on the Lekoli River in motorised pirogues, Birding and fishing on a catch-and-release basis. Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Western Sitatunga and Spotted Hyaena are regular visitors to the bai and can be seen at any time of the day. Nocturnal visitors to the bai include the rare Bongo, Leopard and Red River Hog. Harnessed Bushbuck and various forest duiker species can be encountered nearby and Guereza Colobus monkeys are resident in camp. Other primates such as Grey-cheeked, Mangabey and Moustached Monkey are commonly seen nearby, while Chimpanzees are regularly heard from camp. Hippo occur in the Lekoli River and Serval are regularly seen in the savannah.

Day 04: Lango Camp > Ngaga Camp (BLD) Early morning wake-up for a light breakfast and coffee in camp. Leave for two hour road transfer to Ngaga Camp through savannah, forest and Mbomo Village. There will be a briefing on Western Lowland Gorillas including what to expect when tracking the habituated groups of the area. Depart on foot with guide and tracker for your first tracking activity to view the gorillas. Return to camp for brunch before spending the middle of the day at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a walk on the forest trails in search of birds and mammals.

Spend three nights at Ngaga Camp. Ngaga Camp rests in a glade of marantaceae vegetation in the heart of pristine primary rainforest. The camp consists of 6 rooms raised above ground with 360 degree wraparound viewing walkway, en suite bathroom with shower, flush toilet, mosquito net, and fan.

Days 05 & 06: Ngaga Camp (BLD) Activities access the surrounding forests on foot in search of western lowland gorillas and other denizens of the forest. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks looking into primary rainforest and are shaded and insect-proofed providing a sanctuary between activities. Walkways connect the rooms to the public areas and a fire pit and deck sit on the banks of the pristine Ngaga Stream below camp.

Ngaga Camp is at the epicentre of a population of western lowland gorillas and three different groups of this great ape are tracked and viewed here. While tracking gorillas other primates are encountered with Putty-nosed Monkey and Crowned Monkey being the most common. Chimpanzee also occur in the area and are occasionally encountered while out on foot, but are more often heard then seen although their leaf nests are obvious in the canopy. Night walks are also undertaken from camp with the intention of seeing nocturnal primates such as the Central Potto and various galago species. The Hammer Bat, Africa's largest fruit bat, is also regularly encountered roosting in the trees above. The focus at Ngaga is on tracking and observing western lowland gorillas as well as on the tropical lowland rainforest experience. As a result of the work done by gorilla researchers Dr Magda Bermejo and German Illera, three habituated groups of gorillas (Neptuno; Jupiter; Mercurio) can be tracked and observed in the area around Ngaga Camp.

Day 07: Odzala-Kokoua > Brazzaville (B) Wake up for breakfast before leaving for M'boko airstrip (a drive of 2.5 hours) for the charter flight back to Brazzaville. Land in Brazzaville in the afternoon.

• Flights from Brazzaville > M'Boko > Brazzaville • Accommodation • All meals • Airstrip / camp road transfers • Scheduled camp activities • Park fees • All local drinks • Laundry

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

1 Jan - 31 Dec '15

$11,946

ONREQ

Departs

Thursdays

Booking conditions

Maximum proximity to gorillas is 7 metres (22 feet). One is not permitted to approach any closer and we typically view the gorillas at 10-15 metres (32-50 feet). Maximum viewing duration of any individual gorilla group is 1 hour per day. Each group is only visited once per day. Maximum number of guests per gorilla tracking excursion is 4. Guests that display cold, flu or other respiratory tract symptoms, will not be allowed to track gorillas. This is at the discretion of the researchers, guides and camp manager. While gorilla sightings and encounters are very reliable, viewing is dependent on variables such as weather and tracking conditions.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• International airfares •premium imported brands and champagne.