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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A transfer to the Brazzaville International Airport is provided.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
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! I seriously doubt that two other people could have made this trip as fantastic and special as they did! Within days, it was like 4 friends were traveling together through the country.
Ismail did the tour in English and Spanish for us to ensure that we fully understood everything we saw and experienced. His passion for his country and culture was incredible and we learned an astounding amount about Moroccan history, food, agriculture, business, religion, fashion, and people. Through his shared knowledge, we have a deep love and appreciation of Morocco that we have would not have had otherwise.
We were so happy with all of the amazing places Ismail took us which included the common tourist spots but also a ton of local places tourist never experience. We were exceedingly thrilled and it enriched our vacation beyond any expectations. Ismail even helped us get jobs in Morocco; I kissed snakes and Armando worked in a public bakery. ;-) (see the pics)
We are also aware that we would not have experienced 10% of what we did had we done this trip alone or been on a large bus tour. Clearly, you have given us a wonderful gift of special memories, which we will never forget. We both want to return to see the north and of course we want to have Ismail and Said with us.
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 - which is the best gift of all!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Avi J. Moskovitz & Armando Silva
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!"
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
October 31, 2013
"From our greeter, who whisked us through customs in Johannesburg, to all our excellent drivers, guides and associates in Lions Sands, Cape Town and the wine country, everyone was highly professional, well dressed, well mannered, and well informed. Overall our tour worked like a superbly designed, technically perfect Swiss watch. An experience for the ages. Bravo!"
October 29, 2013
"This was a trip of a life time for me and I was never disappointed. Sylvia listen to me and give me exactly what I wanted in the way of a photo Safari as well as full tour of Cape Town and the wine country. I never had to wait one minute for a guide or any of the transportation provided. The people I dealt with along the way could not have been more courteous and friendly. I just cannot say enough about my experience with Kensington Tours, it was fabulous! "
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!"
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