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NEW . Odzala - Congo 7 nights Special

Tourism is a relatively new, but growing, sector in Congo. We are delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to the nascent eco-tourism industry of Congo as we firmly believe that low-impact wildlife tourism contributes to global awareness, local sustainable development and protection of Congo’s invaluable rainforests.

It’s Africa, but not as many know it. Treasures in the form of endangered species – such as the western lowland gorilla, the western chimpanzee or the African forest elephant – all live peacefully together in the unspoilt setting of the vast Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest after the Amazon. There’s a reason why a growing number of international travel magazines have put this African ‘black hole’ (which is actually a fairly stable and trouble-free country) on their hot list . Their advice? “Go now, go quickly, before everyone else discovers it.”

Arranged on dates to suit you. in 2016 & 2017 Read more...
Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $1000 pp

Price excluding international flights:
High season $7750 pp 2016 / 17 /18
Low season $6500 pp 2016 / 17 /18
Safari Summary

This safari requires 2 guests to go ahead. However we can arrange for a single guest, please contact us to discuss the potential extra cost implications.

Getting to Odzala

By Air

Guests depart by private charter from Brazzaville to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The charter flight takes approximately two hours (possibly three hours if a fuel stop is required) and includes a light packed lunch. 

Our rates include: 

Package rate based on a 7-night safari between 3 Odzala Camps.

Return schedule charter flight from Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville to Mboko airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park on Thursdays.

 3 nights NgagaCamp, 2 nights Mboko Camp and 2 nights Lango Camp.
 Daily guided activities, including 2 gorilla permits,1 boat cruise,1 kayak safari,daily guided forest walks.
 3 meals per day, housewines,beers,spirits,water and softdrinks.
 Road transfers between camps and airstrip.
 Airport meet and greet in Brazzaville and full airport assistance on arrival and departure.
 Congo letter of invitation fee and all 3rdparty fees including Medical Evacuation, Community Fees and Park fees.
 Laundry and internet access (Wi-Fi available in all camps).

 

Our rates exclude: 

• International flights 

• Departure tax

• Premium imported brands 

• Champagne 

• Visas 

• Gratuities & Tipping 

• Accommodation in Brazzaville 

• Activities in Brazzaville 

• Transfers in Brazzaville 

• Full comprehensive insurance

 

Visa Requirements for Congo

Visas remain the responsibility of the guest. Note that for the Congo specifically:

· All guests must obtain a visa prior to arrival - no country is exempt. A “Letter of Invitation” is required to apply for a visa. We need a scanned copy of the guests’ passport to

complete this letter, which includes information regarding date of arrival, voucher numbers, trip code.

· Once the letter is complete, we forward this to our office in Brazzaville, along with a copy of the passport, to action accordingly.

· All letters need to be stamped by a Congo Customs Official and there is a charge of US$ 40.00 per person (subject to change) for this service which is added to your quote.

· A stamped copy of this letter will then be sent to you and must be given to the guest to apply for their visa.

· All guests must carry a printed copy of this letter of invitation with them, along with the visa, when they travel to Congo.

Reminder - Insurance Cover for Congo

 

Due to a lack of access to international-standard medical facilities within the Republic of Congo, medical evacuation cover when travelling here must be for a minimum of US$ 100 000.00 per person. Cancellation and curtailment cover is also crucial - particularly in the event that you miss the connecting flight to Odzala as you will need to pay for a private charter in full

Full Safari Details
NEW . Odzala - Congo 7 nights Special

The Republic of Congo boasts a mosaic of pristine tropical rainforest and moist savannah, and as part of the vast forests of the Congo Basin, holds most of the world’s remaining western lowland gorillas along with a host of fauna and flora diversity. Many of the mammals and birds have rarely been seen, and even experienced safari-goers will make many new discoveries. A safari here is unlike anywhere else and it is best to understand that before starting out on your safari, things happen at a slower pace, bureaucracy can be frustrating, but the reward of having made the effort is undoubtedly one of the planets most incredible wildlife experiences. 

The rivers that drain this vast area of central Africa provide one of the few means of access to these largely untouched forests and national parks such as Odzala-Kokoua, and Nouabale-Ndoki. It is this remoteness which has protected the rich ecology of the Congo and has allowed indigenous peoples to maintain their sustainable forest dweller lifestyle.

Congo offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore a little-visited African wilderness and to unveil some of the continent’s remaining mysteries.

Both camps in this safari are in the Odzala-Kokoua area in the north of Congo. Odzala-Kokoua is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, proclaimed in 1935. At some 13 600 square kilometres (1 360 million hectares) it covers primarily pristine equatorial rainforest typical of the Congo Basin but is unique for protecting a large area of savannah as well.

The size of the Bahamas, Odzala-Kokoua has long been regarded as one of the gems of west central Africa. In addition to the gorillas, 11 species of diurnal primate, six nocturnal primate species, and an astonishing diversity of other wildlife can be found.

Republic of the Congo – Wildlife and Environment

Equatorial forest covers much of Republic of the Congo's landscape, stretching from the Massif de Chaillu and Mayombe forests in the south to enormous tracts of primary forest in the north. These forests form part of the larger Congo Basin, a region that spans six countries and contains a quarter of the world's tropical forests. Congo's forests have not always covered their current area, but have naturally expanded and contracted over long periods of time and with ice ages and droughts.

Countrywide, more than 400 mammal, 1 000 bird, 700 fish and nearly 10 000 plant species, of which 3 000 are found nowhere else, have been recorded. The country's remote northern forests harbour the highest known gorilla densities, with an estimated 125 000 western lowland gorillas. A recent census by Wildlife Conservation Society also revealed that unexpectedly large numbers of great apes are alive and well in these remote northern forests. The news effectively doubled the estimated worldwide population of western lowland gorillas. Other large mammals include forest elephants, forest buffalo and the bongo.

The forests of the Congo have long been a source of food and shelter for hunter-gatherer societies, who have been hunting duikers, bush pigs, monkeys, and other mammals for generations. Animal products such as skins, horns, feathers, and bones play important roles in cultural and religious ceremonies. However, as human populations grow and their natural resource base continues to shrink due to industrial exploitation, they seek access into formerly remote areas. Increasingly, roads crisscross the forest, and urban societies are putting down new roots there. As a result, many of the region's large mammals, such as forest elephants, western gorillas, and chimpanzees, have become endangered.

Odzala National Park, where Wilderness Safaris operates, holds globally significant populations of western lowland gorilla and forest elephant as well as a plethora of other species: over 430 bird species and more than 100 mammal species, of which around 50 are classified as medium- or largesized.

It has the highest number (11) of diurnal primates for any forest block in central Africa, as well as central Africa’s highest density of chimpanzees. Other species include forest buffalo, leopard, lowland bongo and giant forest hog. Lepidopterists will be amazed by the number of butterflies that the area holds.

The safari stay at 2 camps over 6 nights in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park , in the remote north of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville): Ngaga Camp in the heart of a marantaceae forest, and Lango Camp, on the edge of the savannah and with access to the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers. Each camp consists of six creatively-designed guest rooms, constructed with sustainably harvested hardwoods, bamboo and raffia palm matting. Ngaga Camp allows full appreciation of the forest canopy, while Lango overlooks the productive Lango Bai.

Activities on this safari:

Gorilla tracking – Ngaga Camp. Excursions to track habituated groups of Africa's highest concentration of western lowland gorilla are led by a guide and skilled local tracker who are able to follow signs on the forest floor leading you to the chosen gorilla group for the day.

In Ngaga Camp. Fascinating talks take place on the western lowland gorilla, the research project in the area, conservation concerns for the species as a whole, together with more background on their biology and ecology.

Guided forest walks happen at both camps.

Walk along lush forest streams and salines in search of primates, other mammals and birds. Odzala has the highest number (11) of diurnal primates for any forest block in central Africa as well as forest buffalo, forest elephant and unusual antelope.

Boating trips at Lango Camp are an incredible experience View birds and other wildlife from the comfort of a traditional flat-bottomed motorised pirogue.

Night drives and walks – Ngaga and Lango Camps. Night drives allow us to search for more reclusive species such as spotted hyaena, leopard, golden cat and water chevrotain. Night walks can reveal another fascinating forest element and even a glimpse of a central potto.

Day time Savannah drives from Lango Camp. Leisurely nature drives through Odzala’s savannah areas may reveal serval and harnessed bushbuck.

Odzala,  of Birdlife International’s Important Bird Areas (IBAs), harbours 430 bird species including many specials such as black-casqued wattled hornbills, plumed guineafowl, Hartlaub’s duck, and many more.

To get to Odzala, one must fly into the capital – Brazzaville. The Maya Maya Airport is an efficient entry point into the country and is just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Numerous airlines, notably Air France via Paris, Inter Air via Johannesburg and Kenya Airways via Nairobi, land here, making the destination easily accessible from Europe and also combinable with Southern or East African safaris. We at Busanga Safaris are very experienced at arranging safaris to this region and will take care of all arrangments. We just ask you to keep your sence of hummor when travelling in the Congo. 

It is possible to do this safari at any time of year When deciding  when to travel we suggest you consider : Green Season - March To May; September To November

Rainfall during this period means that the air is clearer and humidity higher. Daytime temperatures are typically higher owing higher humidity. Water levels in the Lekoli River are high as well, allowing for boating activities on the lookout for primates, buffalo, elephant, slender-snouted crocodile (for the lucky) and exciting birdlife like Cassin’s flycatcher.

A scarcity of ripe fruits during this period results in smaller ranges and daily movements by western lowland gorilla, central chimpanzee and elephant. Elephant are particularly prolific, with good numbers visiting Lango Bai daily to obtain minerals. The resident birdlife is excellent – for example black-collared lovebird, vermiculated fishing-owl fire-crested alethe, yellow-lored bristlebill and Guinea turaco with many species breeding at this time.

Photographically, between bouts of rain, clear blue skies are common, with good light penetrating the forest interior.

All year round, primates such as western guereza colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and putty-nosed monkey are seen regularly with infrequent sightings of bongo, western sitatunga and red river hog on the periphery of Lango Bai. Night drives may yield galagos, palm civet and spotted hyaena – the latter in savannah areas.

Transition Season - December To February; June To August

With limited rain during this period, the air can be relatively hazy, a white film of clouds covering the sky most days. Humidity however is lower than in the green season. Daytime temperatures are typically cooler. Water levels on the Lekoli River are lower but boating is still possible.

Ripe fruits during this period (especially February and August) mean that elephants and gorillas wander more widely to obtain these, with gorillas feeding primarily in trees – thus allowing easier sightings.

Photographically, conditions are typically overcast with muted light. Focus on photographing subjects against greener forest backdrops where possible at this time.

Aside from the ‘usual’ sightings of western guereza colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and putty-nosed monkey, harnessed bushbuck often sighted at Lango Bai together with several herds of forest buffalo moving between the various bais in the Park. Chimpanzee sightings are good all year.

Birding is excellent in both rainforest and savannah areas with intra-African migrant species present from June to August. Some highlights may include shining-blue kingfisher, Hartlaub’s duck, great blue turaco, bare-cheeked trogon, black-casqued wattled hornbill, streaky-throated barbet, black and white flycatcher, shining drongo, yellow-mantled widowbird, yellow longbill and banded prinia.

 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $1000 pp

Price excluding international flights:
High season $7750 pp 2016 / 17 /18
Low season $6500 pp 2016 / 17 /18
Book this safari
Safari Summary

This safari requires 2 guests to go ahead. However we can arrange for a single guest, please contact us to discuss the potential extra cost implications.

Getting to Odzala

By Air

Guests depart by private charter from Brazzaville to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The charter flight takes approximately two hours (possibly three hours if a fuel stop is required) and includes a light packed lunch. 

Our rates include: 

Package rate based on a 7-night safari between 3 Odzala Camps.

Return schedule charter flight from Maya-Maya Airport, Brazzaville to Mboko airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park on Thursdays.

 3 nights NgagaCamp, 2 nights Mboko Camp and 2 nights Lango Camp.
 Daily guided activities, including 2 gorilla permits,1 boat cruise,1 kayak safari,daily guided forest walks.
 3 meals per day, housewines,beers,spirits,water and softdrinks.
 Road transfers between camps and airstrip.
 Airport meet and greet in Brazzaville and full airport assistance on arrival and departure.
 Congo letter of invitation fee and all 3rdparty fees including Medical Evacuation, Community Fees and Park fees.
 Laundry and internet access (Wi-Fi available in all camps).

 

Our rates exclude: 

• International flights 

• Departure tax

• Premium imported brands 

• Champagne 

• Visas 

• Gratuities & Tipping 

• Accommodation in Brazzaville 

• Activities in Brazzaville 

• Transfers in Brazzaville 

• Full comprehensive insurance

 

Visa Requirements for Congo

Visas remain the responsibility of the guest. Note that for the Congo specifically:

· All guests must obtain a visa prior to arrival - no country is exempt. A “Letter of Invitation” is required to apply for a visa. We need a scanned copy of the guests’ passport to

complete this letter, which includes information regarding date of arrival, voucher numbers, trip code.

· Once the letter is complete, we forward this to our office in Brazzaville, along with a copy of the passport, to action accordingly.

· All letters need to be stamped by a Congo Customs Official and there is a charge of US$ 40.00 per person (subject to change) for this service which is added to your quote.

· A stamped copy of this letter will then be sent to you and must be given to the guest to apply for their visa.

· All guests must carry a printed copy of this letter of invitation with them, along with the visa, when they travel to Congo.

Reminder - Insurance Cover for Congo

 

Due to a lack of access to international-standard medical facilities within the Republic of Congo, medical evacuation cover when travelling here must be for a minimum of US$ 100 000.00 per person. Cancellation and curtailment cover is also crucial - particularly in the event that you miss the connecting flight to Odzala as you will need to pay for a private charter in full