Discover the raw beauty of the Congo Basin on this eight day guided tour. You’ll travel to a remote part of the Congo Basin– one of the few places left that offers an authentic encounter with unspoiled wilderness. Rarely visited, this part of the Congo Basin has been deemed a WWF region and is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and some of central Africa’s largest primate populations, including the western lowland gorilla.
During your tour, you’ll have the chance to see western lowland gorillas, forest buffalo, forest elephant, water birds, and much more. Tours include 4×4 drives, forest walks, and river tours by pirogue. Highlights of this tour include presentations by top western lowland gorilla researchers, gorilla tracking and wildlife viewing, stays in eco-focused safari camps, and an opportunity to make a genuine conservation impact.
Your trip starts in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo. A city of 2 million, you’ll see hints of its French colonial heritage in its architecture and wide boulevards. Brazzaville is located in Southwest Congo, home to 70% of the country’s population.
For your first night, you’ll stay at the elegant Mikhael’s Hotel in Brazzavile. This boutique style hotel has 92 stylish rooms, each with a private balcony.
While in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, you will stay at two eco-conservation safari camps – Lango Camp and Ngaga Camp. Both offer thatched chalets with views into the surrounding canopy and large outdoor sitting areas.
Day 1: Brazzaville. Arrive at Mikhael’s Hotel and get settled in. You’ll have an orientation and welcome dinner with your Expedition Leader this evening.
Day 2: Ngaga Camp, Ndzehi Forest. Fly by charter plane from Brazzaville to Ngaga Camp, located on the boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This is the base for tracking the western lowland gorilla.
Day 3 and 4: Gorilla Tracking and Wildlife Viewing. Two days of forest walks to track the lowland gorilla and an evening drive as the night around Ngaga comes alive with sound.
Day 5: Lango Camp. Today is a 3-4 hour wildlife drive enroute to Lango Camp, deep within the Odzala-Kokoua National Park.
Day 6 and 7: Exploring the Park. You’ll have opportunities for wildlife walks, boat rides on the Lekoli River and night drives in the dense forest. During these 2 days, you’ll have a chance to see forest buffalo, colobus monkeys, elephants, multiple species of birds, wild cats, and hyenas.
Day 8: Brazzaville / Home. Fly back to Brazzaville to connect with onward flights.
DATES AND PRICES:
The Congo Basin trip is offered two times in both 2014 and 2015.
The prices listed below include round-trip flights between Brazzaville and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, accommodations, all meals, Expedition Leader, local guides, all permits and entrance fees. Contact us for a full list of inclusions.
Sep 10 – Sep 17, 2014
Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2014
Sep 9 – Sep 16, 2015
Oct 7 – Oct 14, 2015
$10,995 per person (8 or more participants)
$12,995 per person (6-7 participants)
$17,995 per person (1-5 participants)
Please note you will be charged at the highest rate listed above, for either double or single occupancy, upon booking. We will adjust your price based on the number of travelers booked on the trip at approximately 44 days prior to departure. You will be refunded any applicable amount at this time.
For more information about the Congo Basin trip, including the full itinerary and inclusions, email us or call us toll-free at 877-394-8130.