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 three 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. 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 roller 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 sundowner game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand! Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
Mark Masterson ,
October 26, 2012
"We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of 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.
Irene Saurwein ,
April 21, 2014
"I thought that both Raymond and Mike were outstanding guides. Our trip was wonderful. The only point I want to make that the food at the Farm House was not very good. Pretty disappointed. Our stay at the Serena in both locations was great. Overall great trip that we will never forget."
Francis Quinn ,
April 21, 2014
"The Mbugani Camps were nice but the beer was warm and they don't have ice. The owner was a great guy. Enjoyed Mara West. The staff and food were great. The second evening the loud mouth owner conducted a business meeting on the front porch disrupting a peaceful cocktail hour. It was totally inappropriate since he was very loud and discussed his business dealings with Kensington with others. They also need an ice machine. They ran out every night. Albert is probably the best guide I have ever had. Very knowlegeable. Mike was great too. Fabulous trip. You guys did a great job. We had a wonderful time."
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"Our party of 4 believe that we were given incorrect information regarding the type of suitcase that we should purchase for this trip. We were advised to buy a suitcase that was soft sided and no wheels. We arrived in Africa to see many others going on Safari with suitcases that had wheels. It was difficult for us to manouever our bags. I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We learned a great deal from Wasari . Our tour guide in the Mara was just ok . It would have been great to have the tour guide that we had in Serengeti for the complete trip. We understood that he could have crossed over from Tanzania into Kenya to get us . There was one flight within the country that we felt we may have been better off driving. We all believed that our Sales consultant could have spent more time with us on the phone going over the itinerary and guiding us through some of the decisions that we were making. For example Lake Manyara was not really necessary and perhaps we could have used that extra day in Zanzibar . These are some of the decisions that we felt our consultant could have assisted us with . 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!"
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Michael Melvin Marsh ,
April 21, 2014
"The trip was very special and i credit Sunita Singh for helping to make it such. We worked on the itinerary for three months and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and present."
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
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!"
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