Republic of the Congo
(Odzala National Park, Brazzaville)
Set out on a wild jungle adventure in Congo during this exploratory safari in search for Gorillas, Elephants and more. Explore the isolated grounds of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, an area that will expose visitors to some dynamically diverse eco-systems, which host a variety of flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Search the surroundings of the Lekoli River on foot or by boat to catch a glimpse of charismatic bird and wildlife whilst staying at the Lango Camp. Seek out the local wildlife accompanied by an experienced game-trekker along the mineral licks, forest galleries and savannah lands which surround the camp. These varying habitats provide the perfect conditions for wildlife such as Forest Elephants, Buffaloes and Spotted Hyena to thrive in. Journey deep into the dense Congolese rainforest for some overnight stays at the exclusive Ngaga Camp. Feel connected to the local wildlife as you trek into the habitual forests of the Western Lowland Gorillas, like “Tarzan” is to “Cheetah”, your expert guide have a deeper understanding of the movements, gestures and lifestyles of these majestic forest royals which they will be shared with you during these treks. Experience the wilder side of life during this spectacular, exploratory journey through the jungles of Congo!
(Closed between 26 September 2013 to 04 December 2013.) This tour offers our guests exposure to very different habitats, ecosystems, wildlife species and experiences, in two distictive areas of Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Enjoy Game viewing of regular visitors like the forest elephant and spotted hyaena. Then end your time in Ngaga Camp where Western Lowland Gorillas are the main species of wildlife searched in the area. Two groups are tracked on foot from the camp itself.
Upon arriving and clearing Customs & Immigrations, you will be met by a Wilderness Safaris representative who will assist you with your luggage and boarding of your scheduled flight to the Odzala National Park. You will have access to the Brazzaville Airport VIP Arrival Lounge whilst you wait for your connecting charter.
Relax during this short charter flight departing Brazzaville and arriving at the airstrip within the Odzala National Park grounds.
After your charter flight from Brazzaville has arrived, a transfer is provided between the airstrip and your camp. The approximate time of this drive is an hour.
Depending on arrival time to the camp, an optional guided walk around the Lango Bai area is offered to guests to get them acclimatised and search for local wildlife.
Guests staying at the Lango Camp are privy to variety of activities associated with the local surroundings. Enjoy access to the Lango Bai area during a combination of both boating and walking based safaris. Explore the Lekoli River on a traditional pirogue or kayak, or head out on foot through the savannah to catch a glimpse of the local bird and wildlife. The dense forested area is home to a variety of habitual species including some charismatic birds and primates which thrive in the fertile undergrowth.
Wake up bright and early this morning to enjoy a light breakfast on the panoramic main deck which overlooks the Lango Bai. After the meal it's off on the day's first activity. Accompanied by a local guide you'll head into the wilderness on this exploratory walking safari to marvel at the habitual bird and wildlife that thrive along the mineral licks, forest gallery and savannah fringe.
After lunch you'll head out again on your afternoon optional activity before returning back to camp for dinner.
Enjoy an aromatic coffee and a light breakfast early this morning before setting off on the day’s first adventure. A variety of activities are made available such as game drives, boat rides along the Lekoli River or walking journeys around the camp grounds.
The Odzala National Park is home to many indigenous species of wildlife which can be seen during the day and night time hours. Local grazing herds of Forest Buffalo and Western Sitatunga are often spotted during day around the fertile grassy patches and water-holes. In the evening hours Forest Elephant and Spotted Hyenas are amongst the most visual species of wildlife but those with "keen-eye" on the bush can also spot various other nocturnal species including the rare Bongo, Red River Hog, Harnessed Bushbuck and the famed African Leopard. The camps ideal situation allows guests to view a variety of primates as well including Guereza Colobus Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, and Putty-nosed Monkeys. While local groups of Chimpanzees are regularly heard frolicking in the nearby forested areas, it will take further exploration to get a good photo of our closest primate relative. The Lekoli River is home to several species of aquatic wildlife including Hippo's during the low-water seasons, Slender-snouted and Dwarf Crocodiles.
After a delicious lunch an afternoon walk is planned. This walk may change into another afternoon activity depending on the movement of the local game. The excursion will either take place around the Lango Bai or further into the wilderness at a similar site like Mbouebe Bai. This walking safari provides an excellent opportunity to snap some photos of the local wildlife.
It's rise and shine early this morning for a light breakfast at the Lango Camp before hitting the road en-route to the next overnight accommodation. After a scenic three hour drive you'll arrive at the Ngaga Camp site located in close proximity to the Mbomo Village in a semi-savannah, forested edge area of the Odzala National Park grounds.
After having settled into their new oboe at the Ngaga Camp, guests will enjoy lunch before receiving an informational presentation about the localized Western Lowland Gorillas. This session will provide details about what to expect when tracking these majestic creatures as well as how one should behave whilst in their presence.
After learning the do's and don’ts of Gorilla trekking during the informational presentation, in small guided groups, you’ll depart the Camp and head into the forest on foot. During the trek, your expert guide will provide insight about the flora and fauna of the forest, and of course details and characteristics about the habituated group of Western Lowland Gorilla that thrive here.
A light breakfast is prepared early this morning for your enjoyment. After you'll set out in small guided groups back into the forest to continue exploring this vast Gorilla enviroment.
The ideal forested location of the Ngaga Camp is perfect for Western Lowland Gorilla exploration excursions. These excursions are led by a guide and skilled local tracker who is able to interpret and follow signs left on the forest floor that can lead guests to the chosen Gorilla group vieiwing for the day. Both local experts provide tidbits and facts regarding the lifestyles of the Western Lowland Gorilla as well as a variety of other primates that live in the forest surroundings.
In the afternoon guest can enjoy a change of pace during a peaceful walk through the forest trails in search of the birds and mammals of the area. Birding walks and night walks are possible as well for groups that are interested. Night walks may reveal rarely seen creatures such as the Central Potto, or one of the minute galago or bush-baby species. Viewing these charismatic mammals and birds species can require wading through streams, stalking through the forest undergrowth and a bucket full patience, have your cameras ready to snap!
This morning, after another early wake-up and light breakfast, you will set out again in groups on foot for some further Gorilla tracking excursions and forest walks. After a shorter than average trek its back to camp to freshen up and enjoy a tasty brunch and a midday siesta.
The Western Lowland Gorillas are the main species of wildlife searched and researched from the Ngaga Camp, with experts who take two groups on foot from the camp itself to learn about their lifestyle and habits. This species of Gorilla favours areas of marantaceae vegetation which is a staple food source but at intervals throughout the year seek out fruiting trees within the forest as well. Other primates such as the Crowned and Moustached Monkeys are also encountered in the forest, while Central Chimpanzees are often heard and occasionally seen. Various forest duikers and some truly spectacular forest birds such as the very large Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Great Blue Turaco can be spotted as well.
This afternoon another walk out on the forest trails gives more opportunities for birding and potential views of the small mammals in the area.
After a more leisurely breakfast than previous days, you'll bid farewell to the dynamic forested area that surrounds the Ngaga Camp on a provided three hour return transfer to the M’boko airstrip for the flight back to Brazzaville.
Relax during this short charter flight to Brazzaville from the M’boko airstrip in the Odzala National Park grounds.
A transfer to the Brazzaville International Airport is provided.
Lango Camp is tucked away in the South Central section of the Republic of the Congo's Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks overlooking the Lango bai. The camp consists of six creatively designed guest rooms that are inspired from the designs of the local B'Aka Pygmy groups. Each room has a 360 degree wraparound viewing walkway to observe various wildlife. This secluded camp provides guests with the opportunity to explore the rain-forest, its rivers, and Lango Bai via game drives, walks, and pirogues.
Ngaga Camp rests in a glade within the primary forest above the Ngaga Stream and within the home ranges of several lowland gorilla groups. The camp consists of six rooms which offer the views into the surrounding canopy. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks at the crest of the glade looking into and above the primary rainforest. The camp features a star deck and fire pit that is placed on a dropped deck below the main area for after dinner relaxation, and a separate deck is located at a natural swimming spot on the Ngaga Stream below the camp.
Located in the French-influenced downtown of Brazzaville, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Congo, with Mikhael's Hotel's contemporary interiors, professional service and ideal locations, creates the ideal retreat for both corporate and leisure visitors. The hotel offers 92 spacious guest rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking the hotel`s swimming pool or a charming mountain view. During the guests stay, they have access to the outdoor swimming pool with adjacent sundeck and towel service. Guests will also have the luxury to choose between varieties of restaurants, from an exquisite meal at Autour du M Restaurant, or a delicious cocktail in the VIP Lounge. Whether guests check in for business or for leisure, Mikhael's lavish comfort and warm Congolese hospitality guarantees a truly memorable stay.
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
Justin Yax ,
April 21, 2014
"Once again, a perfect trip. From Elizabeth's planning to Godfrey's guiding, we could not have asked for a more thorough and well planned safari. I can't wait to come back and do it again, this time with a Kilimanjaro climb added onto the trip!"
Nancy Frierson ,
April 21, 2014
"The entire trip was superb - all the transfers, the lodging and the food, the safari experience and the knowledgeable guides. The guide's ability to spot an animal and identify it at a great distance allowed us to see and photograph all the animals on our list and then some. The lodgings were even better than we had hoped and the staff could not possibly have been better. Our trip of a lifetime turned out to be just that."
Avi J.Moskovitz ,
February 03, 2014
"We finally returned from the most magical vacation in Morocco and we cannot thank Lily and Kensington Tours enough!! This trip was beyond amazing and we are so appreciative for everything done to make this trip happen last minute for us!
We had a spectacular tour guide that spoke 8 languages, Ismail, and the friendliest and warmest driver, Said, whom made the experience absolutely phenomenal! Not only did we learn and see, but we laughed, danced, ate like pigs, kissed camels and snakes, ran in the Sahara desert under the stars, and enjoyed life - the best gift of all!
Ebony Hoskins ,
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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