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Congo
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $7,398 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Gorilla Tracking Tours in the Congo

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. Track the western lowland gorillas, go on a guided day and night walks focusing on the area’s ecology, walk through freshwater bais in search of forest buffalo and elephants.

  • Solo Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Bid urban life adieu as you make your way from Brazzaville into the heart of the Congo Basin where safari camps, built seamlessly into the river and rainforest environments of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, offer up-close encounters with some of the world’s most elusive wildlife.

  • Travel by private charter and 4x4 to Lango Camp on the edge of the savannah in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, home to the world’s second largest tropical rainforest
  • Set off on a game drive along the clear, shallow waters of Lango Stream on the look out for red river hogs, buffalo, and bongo
  • Cruise up the Lekoli River by pirogue, enjoying a sundowner before returning to camp on a night drive, on the hunt for spotted hyena, golden cat, and water chevrotain
  • From Ngaga Camp, trek deep into the Marantaceae forest to Dzebe Bai for the chance to spot black-fronted duiker, forest elephant, and chimpanzee
  • Spend two full days tracking a group of magnificent western lowland gorillas; watch quietly from your forest perch as they rest and forage, often with youngsters in tow
  • Kick back at nightfall in the comfort of your luxury wilderness camp, reminiscing by a bonfire about the day’s unforgettable sightings
Group in jungle tracking Gorillas
Photo: Group in jungle tracking Gorillas

This was a life-changing experience. Our guide helped us 'see' things we never would have understood on our own.

Paradise Valley, AZ

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo (BZV)

Day 1: Ngaga Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Ngaga Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Ngaga Camp

At 8:30 AM, we depart by private charter from Brazzaville to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

The charter flight takes approximately two hours (possibly 3 hours if a fuel stop is required) and includes a light packed lunch.

On arrival at M’boko Airstrip, we are met by a Ngaga Camp guide who will transfer us by vehicle to Ngaga Camp – our home for the next three nights.

The drive takes approximately 3 - 4 hours through open savanna and forest, passing through different habitats along the way. On arrival at Ngaga Camp, we will be met by the staff and given afternoon tea, followed by an opportunity to settle in.

The group will receive an extensive briefing on Western Lowland Gorillas, including the research project in the area, conservation of the species, their biology and ecology and of course what to expect when tracking the habituated groups of the area.

About Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp is an intimate 6-unit lodge secreted within a glade in the primary forest above the Ngaga Stream and within the home ranges of several lowland gorilla groups.

Like Lango Camp, the 6 guest rooms are styled on traditional B’Aka architecture and use natural materials that blend into the forest environment. The slope down to the Ngaga Stream and the 10-13 foot high decking give each room a view right into the forest canopy and the passing bird and squirrel life.

Paths lead through dense marantaceae vegetation to the central main area, which is sited at the crest of the glade looking into and above the rainforest, while a separate deck is located at a natural swimming spot on the Ngaga Stream below camp.

The principal activity at Ngaga Camp is the tracking on foot of habituated western lowland gorillas. These excursions are led by a guide and skilled local tracker who are able to follow signs on the forest floor, which lead them to the chosen gorilla group for the day. Birding and night walks are possible in search of various primate species as well as some spectacular forest birds.

Day 2: Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Ngaga Camp

After an early wake-up and light breakfast we depart on foot with our guide and tracker on our first gorilla tracking excursion.

  • Using the expert skills of the trackers, we start at the point where the group chooses to monitor for that day, finding where the gorillas slept the night before and following their tracks as they move through the forest, hopefully catching sight of these fascinating creatures
  • While home range sizes are relatively small, the gorillas can move quite quickly through thick forest undergrowth and during a 2 - 5 hour tracking excursion (including time spent observing the gorillas) we may cover between 3 and 5 miles (5-8 km).
  • After this exhilarating experience, we return to camp to freshen up and enjoy lunch before spending the middle of the day at leisure

In the afternoon after a light tea, we enjoy a guided forest walk in search of birds and primates as well as forest duiker.

If their research program allows, we can spend time with primatologists Dr. Magda Bermejo and German Illera, perhaps over a sundowner drink whilst overlooking the forest from the main deck of camp.

This is also a great chance to listen to the sounds of the forest as the diurnal animals retire and their nocturnal counterparts become more active.

Day 3: Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning after another early wake-up and light breakfast, we set out again on foot for our second gorilla tracking excursion.

Our expert trackers will again follow the obscure tracks and signs of the group through the forest, hopefully until we find the group and enjoy a fascinating experience watching them resting and foraging.

Returning to camp, we freshen up and enjoy lunch and a siesta.

The afternoon sees us out on the forest trails in search of the birds and mammals of the area, returning to camp to enjoy a sundowner on the main deck looking out on the forest canopy.

Day 4: Lango Camp
Lango Camp
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lango Camp

After a last breakfast in Ngaga Camp, we have a 3 - 4 hour drive to Lango Camp, passing through open savannah, forest and the village of Mbomo on the western boundary of the Park.

Once at camp, we are given an opportunity to freshen up and settle in before eating lunch and then embarking on an afternoon activity which may consist of a walk around Lango Bai and the forest fringe and stream, or perhaps a game drive.

About Lango Camp
Set in the heart of the spectacular Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Lango Camp is an intimate, sensitively constructed camp that leaves as light a footprint as possible and blends into the remote forest environment, on the edge of the savannah and with access to the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers.

Each camp consists of 6 creatively designed guest rooms, taking inspiration from the designs of the local B’Aka Pygmy groups. Natural locally sourced materials are used extensively in the construction of this camp: sustainably harvested hardwoods, bamboo and raffia palm matting. Different activities at this camp include guided forest walks in search of birds and primates, boating trips by motorized pirogue, and night walks in search of more reclusive species.

Day 5: Lango Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Lango Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lango Camp

An early morning wake-up is followed by a light breakfast and coffee on the main deck, after which we embark on our first activity for the day.

This could be a walk from camp through Lango Bai and down the clear, shallow waters of the Lango Stream to its confluence with the Lekoli River. A motorized pirogue will then head upstream for 2 hours (stopping en route for tea/coffee).

The return to camp includes a downstream portion of the river followed by a game drive through the savannah.

Back in camp, a hearty lunch and rest period awaits before we head out again later for the afternoon activity. An example of this would be a return game drive to the boat jetty followed by a pirogue trip downstream along the Lekoli River with a stop for sundowners on the way.

A night drive back to camp offers intriguing opportunities to see some of Odzala’s more secretive nocturnal creatures.

Day 6: Lango Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Lango Camp / Odzala-Kokoua National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lango Camp

Wake up early for a light breakfast and coffee before setting off on the morning activity.

Today may begin with a game drive to the boat jetty at the confluence of the Likeni Stream and Lekoli River and then a pirogue trip down the Lekoli River in search of primates, forest buffalo and other species, before returning to camp on foot through Lango Bai.

The trip along the river offers great opportunities for birding and mammals, while the walk can provide excellent viewing of buffalo, red river hogs, a number of primate species and even bongo.

Our return to camp is greeted by an appetizing lunch and some downtime before heading out again in the afternoon.

This afternoon we may head back to the boat jetty and take a pirogue trip upstream along the Lekoli River enjoying sundowners before returning to camp on a night drive, searching for species such as spotted hyena, golden cat and even water chevrotain.

Day 7: Brazzaville
Brazzaville
Meals Included:  B

On our final morning, we leave camp for M’boko Airstrip (a drive of approximately 45 minutes) to meet our private charter flight back to Brazzaville for your post trip connections.

* Pre- and post- trip options are available to add-on to this 7-day adventure.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Wilderness Safaris.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $7,398 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Departure Dates

    Additional Trip Information

    Departure
    • Since your flight on Day 1 of the trip leaves at 8:30 AM, it is mandatory that you arrive in Brazzaville the day before the start of your trip.
    • A pre-night’s stay at Mikhael’s Hotel can be arranged by your Adventure Consultant.
    • Your trip begins on Day 1 with an early morning departure (8:30 AM) by private charter from Brazzaville to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park.  The charter flight takes approximately 2 hours and upon arrival, you will be met by a Ngaga Camp guide who will transfer you by vehicle to Ngaga Camp (3-4 hour transfer), your home for the next 3 nights.
    • On Day 7 you will be transferred to the M’boko Airstrip (a drive of 45 minutes) to meet your private charter flight back to Brazzaville, departing at 7:30 am.
    • Landing in Brazzaville at 10:30 AM will provide you with plenty of time for any onward flights. Please book connecting international flights for 1:00 PM or later.
    Activities
    • Hiking – 1 to 5 mile bush/trail walks (easy to moderate).
    Meals

    The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included. Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price on this adventure.

    Included in Trip Price
    • Accommodation on a sharing basis.
    • Meals as specified in daily itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    • Excursions and transfers as included in itinerary.
    • Most safari camps/lodges include two game activities per day – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Private activities and guide may be booked, at an additional cost, for sole use or special interest activities. Please advise if you would like additional information on this service.
    • Services of the camp/lodge guides and staff.
    • Relevant park fees and entrance fees.
    • Air transfers as specified.
    • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST).
    • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
    Not Included in Trip Price
    • Meals not specified in the daily itinerary (such as lunch and dinner in the host cities).
    • Any drinks, park fees, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the itinerary.
    • Staff gratuities.
    • Any new Government Taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.
    • Visa fees when required.
    • International airport departure taxes.
    • All types of personal insurance.
    • Personal expenses
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    A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

    • 1. Rare, fascinating and endangered species -- chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, bonobos, okapi, and white rhinos– inhabit the Congo rainforests. Some of these are found nowhere else on Earth.
    • 2. Odzala National Park is part of the Congo-basin where the second largest rainforest of the world is found - only the Amazon rainforest is larger.
    • 3. Meet the duiker! It is a species of antelope that can be as small as a rabbit.
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