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Young male gorilla in tree, Ngaga Camp, Odzala, Rep of Cong

Lowland Gorilla Trekking in the Congo Basin

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Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£7,800 ex. flights

Explore the wildlife riches hidden deep within the dense forests of the Odzala National Park. Track lowland gorillas and encounter forest elephants in a jungle wilderness that hides in the far north of Congo.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Neptuno Group lowland gorilla Silverback, Ngaga Camp, Odzala, Rep of Congo 1

Lowland Gorillas

Have the unique opportunity to view the western lowland gorilla and forest elephants.

Kayaking from the air, Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo 2

Explore the Jungle

Set out on foot, by boat and in a 4×4 – making the most of this hard-to-reach environment.

Lango Camp Aerial, Odzala, Rep of Congo 3

Beautiful Camps

Stay in three comfortable camps that blend wonderfully into their forested surrounds.

Lowland Bongo Antelope, Lango Camp, Odzala, Rep of Congo 4

Wildlife Conservation

Contribute directly to the conservation of this ecosystem and meet wildlife researchers.

Why we like it

This trip offers a uniquely immersive experience of the Congolese rainforest. Whilst this vast tract of jungle spans several countries, there are still few places where you can do more than scratch the surface. Odzala offers you the chance to make the most of this remarkable ecosystem. The excellent camps, great guiding and varied activities mean you can get out and explore, with excellent opportunities to spot species that can be seen in few other places.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Brazzaville
  • Day 2
    Brazzaville - Odzala National Park
  • Day 3
    Odzala National Park - Ngaga Camp
  • Day 4 - 5
    Ngaga Camp
  • Day 6
    Ngaga Camp - Mboko Camp
  • Day 7
    Mboko Camp - Lango Camp
  • Day 8
    Lango Camp
  • Day 9
    Lango Camp - Mboko Camp
  • Day 10
    Mboko Camp - Brazzaville
Deck in the trees, Ngaga Camp, Odzala National Park
Ngaga Camp, Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo

Rainforest Experience

Fly north by light aircraft to a remote northern region in the Republic of Congo. Venture deep within the beautiful Odzala National Park and discover the phenomenal diversity of plant and animal life found in the Congolese rainforest.

Stay at Ngaga, Mboko and Lango camps, each beautifully designed so as to merge with this remote, forested wilderness. Experience safari comfort amidst the hot, humid forests of northern Congo.

Lowland Gorilla, Congo
Western lowland gorilla, Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo

Gorilla Trekking

The highlight of this journey is the chance to trek in search of endangered western lowland gorillas. Two habituated groups live close to Ngaga Camp, having been monitored and tracked by dedicated researchers for over a decade. Thanks to their painstaking work, encounters with these primates are now possible.

Hike through the challenging jungle landscape to track down the habituated families. Spend an hour amongst the group, watching as they eat, play and groom one another. Led by expert guides, get close to these powerful creatures – capture fantastic photographs and observe as the powerful silverback exerts his dominance over the group.

Boat cruise at Mboko, Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo
Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo

Forest, Rivers and Bais

From the comfort of these remote camps, explore on foot, by boat, in kayaks and in 4×4 vehicles. The guides here offer a fascinating insight into this delicate ecosystem, which comes with its own challenges – expect to wade through water up to your waist when going out on foot.

Forest elephants roam throughout the jungles and bais of Odzala, whilst a plethora of animal and birdlife can be spotted across the different habitats. Spot forest buffaloes, red river hogs, rare bongo antelopes, colobus monkeys and dwarf crocodiles.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Lango Camp £££££

  • Republic of Congo
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Lango Camp sits in a spectacular setting, overlooking the bai from which it takes its name. Six traditional Congolese-style tree houses are connected by raised, wooden walkways that wind through the gallery forest. The small, but comfortable rooms (open at the back), have hot showers, flushing loos and power points for charging cameras and laptops and a small ceiling fan, with a small veranda at the front to take in the views. The main dining and bar area is also raised, centred on a large wooden deck, overlooking the bai where you can relax after the day’s safari and make use of the lodge’s spotting scope. At night, stargazing around the fire sets the scene, before Santos, the chef, serves up the most delicious food and head waiter Patrick helps keep your fluid intake up.

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Mboko Camp £££££

  • Republic of Congo
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Spread along the banks of a tributary of the Lekoli River, the beautiful Mboko Camp looks out over an area of lush grassland. This rich vegetation attracts a wealth of animals, including forest buffaloes, elephants and spotted hyenas. Made up of 12 rustic but well-appointed rooms, the camp is the largest of Odzala’s three options. Although it is renowned for its sweeping views of fertile savannah – emerging from dense forest, Mboko also offers a more intimate connection with the jungle. Flowers bloom between the comfortable rooms, with butterflies flitting through the air. A wonderful fire deck is the best place to spend the evenings, with the stars and nocturnal animal life providing the entertainment.

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Ngaga Camp £££££

  • Republic of Congo
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Located in the Ndzehi Forest on the western boundary of the park, the lodge sits at the crest of a glade, blending in seamlessly with the surroundings, looking out across the forest canopy. Each of the 6 forest huts are on raised wooden walkways, the thatch rooms have canvas screens at the front and back, hot showers, flush loos and ceiling fans, plus charging points for cameras and laptops, (but don’t expect wi-fi or phone reception).

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £7,800 Per person

When to travel

Republic of Congo in January

From November to February, there is a second dry season, although rain is still relatively common. Temperatures rise to their hottest, regularly reaching 34°C during the heat of the day. However, a drop in humidity usually negates this slightly.

Republic of Congo in February

From November to February, there is a second dry season, although rain is still relatively common. Temperatures rise to their hottest, regularly reaching 34°C during the heat of the day. However, a drop in humidity usually negates this slightly.

Republic of Congo in March

March, April and May bring more rain, although temperatures start to drop very slightly. Between showers, blue skies are again seen, making for interesting photography.

Republic of Congo in April

March, April and May bring more rain, although temperatures start to drop very slightly. Between showers, blue skies are again seen, making for interesting photography.

Republic of Congo in May

March, April and May bring more rain, although temperatures start to drop very slightly. Between showers, blue skies are again seen, making for interesting photography.

Republic of Congo in June

The driest period of the year is between June and August, when showers are still common but sporadic and light. Temperatures hover around 30°C during the day.

Republic of Congo in July

The driest period of the year is between June and August, when showers are still common but sporadic and light. Temperatures hover around 30°C during the day.

Republic of Congo in August

The driest period of the year is between June and August, when showers are still common but sporadic and light. Temperatures hover around 30°C during the day.

Republic of Congo in September

September and October bring a short rainy season, with temperatures rising slightly. However, between tropical thunderstorms, blue skies are common.

Republic of Congo in October

September and October bring a short rainy season, with temperatures rising slightly. However, between tropical thunderstorms, blue skies are common.

Republic of Congo in November

From November to February, there is a second dry season, although rain is still relatively common. Temperatures rise to their hottest, regularly reaching 34°C during the heat of the day. However, a drop in humidity usually negates this slightly.

Republic of Congo in December

From November to February, there is a second dry season, although rain is still relatively common. Temperatures rise to their hottest, regularly reaching 34°C during the heat of the day. However, a drop in humidity usually negates this slightly.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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