Inspiration Itinerary

Jungle Safari

Odzala National Park, Congo

Deepest, darkest Africa

Tourism is a relatively new, but growing, sector in the Republic of Congo. Few have trodden its wilderness areas and this presents an exciting opportunity to be among the first to discover its astonishing biodiversity. Despite significant oil wealth Republic of Congo has had a troubled past but is now a calm, stable and rapidly developing country of some 4.5 million people.

Odzala National Park covers an incredible 13 600km2 (3.36 million acres) and represents an essential part of both the greater Congo Basin system and the groundbreaking TRIDOM Transfrontier Park which combines bordering national parks in Gabon, Cameroon and DRC Congo. It is famed for its primate populations, particularly the critically endangered western lowland gorilla, is one of the last refuges of the African forest elephant, and boasts iconic West Central African fauna such as forest buffalo, bongo and dozens of little-known mammal species including water chevrotain and palm civet.

Odzala Discovery Camps are pioneers in the eco-tourism industry of Congo, firmly believing that low-impact wildlife tourism contributes to global awareness, local sustainable development and protection of Congo’s invaluable rainforests. By visiting Odzala you will not only be helping pioneer it as a destination but helping develop a new business sector in Congo and diversifying the economy away from petrochemicals.

Odzala’s three camps combine beautifully to present a diverse itinerary covering three separate habitats, each offering their own unique experiences. We recommend spending seven nights in Odzala to fully appreciate the astonishing biodiversity here.

You will love

  • Pioneering eco-tourism
  • Virtually no tourists…yet!
  • Rare, unique wildlife, gorillas, butterflies and insects
  • An immersive jungle experience

12 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | NAIROBI, KENYA | 1 NIGHT

Arrive in Kenya where you will be met at Nairobi airport and privately transferred to your hotel, Hemingways, which sits in the leafy suburb of Karen.

DAY 2 | BRAZZAVILLE | 2 NIGHTS

Take a quick flight to Brazzaville in Congo. Full day tour of Brazzaville including colourful Poto market, the cathedral and museum.

DAY 4 | NGAGA CAMP | 3 NIGHTS

Fly to Odzala‐Kokoua National Park and check in to Odzala Ngaga Camp. Your days here are dedicated to seeing gorillas in their natural habitat, lead by expert guides.

DAY 7 | LANGO CAMP | 3 NIGHTS

Transfer by road to the Lekoli river, then climb into a canoe to reach Lango Camp. The camp is your base for fascianting wildlife watching. Bais (clearings in the forests) provide excellent sightings of elephants, buffalo and the park’s birdlife.

DAY 10 | MBOKO CAMP | 2 NIGHTS

Transfer by road to Mboko Camp where you will enjoy boat safaris, kayaking and adventure walks.

DAY 12 | NAIROBI, KENYA | SAFARI ENDS

Fly from Odzala to Brazzaville this morning and connect with a flight back to Nairobi before continuing with your onwards arrangements or beginning your journey home.

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection

Hemingways – Nairobi

Hemingways sits in the leafy and secluded suburbs of Karen, Nairobi, overlooking Karen Blixen's beloved Ngong Hills. As a colonial-style boutique hotel with a large garden and accommodation the exudes style and character, it is ideal for any pre- or post-safari arrangements. Read More

Ngaga Camp – Odzala National Park

Ngaga Camp overlooks a beautiful open glade within primary forest that is home to several groups of western lowland gorillas. Ngaga is truly gorilla central and a focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Read More

Lango Camp – Odzala National Park

Lango’s six guest rooms are raised to the level of the gallery forest and boast incredible views out onto the open marshy bai in front of camp – one of the most arresting views of any camp in Africa. A real highlight of your stay is the chance to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat or kayak, which is an opportunity not to be missed.
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Mboko Camp – Odzala National Park

Situated on the banks of the Lekoli River in an area of lush savannah frequented by forest buffalo, forest elephant and spotted hyena, Mboko Camp offers visitors breathtaking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and grassland savannah where hundreds of towering termite mounds create an otherworldly environment. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

12 days

12 days

START:     Nairobi, Kenya     |     Finish: Nairobi, Kenya

The best months to travel are Nov-Jan and Jun-Aug inclusive.
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.

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