Lowland Gorilla, Congo

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park


  • Join wildlife researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society following gorillas and elephants
  • Visit isolated riverside outposts and traditional B’Aka forest villages
  • Sleep in the forest and see what wanders through camp at night
  • Paddle (or walk) through flooded swamps in wooden pirogues


In the far north of the Congo, bordering C.A.R. and Cameroon, covering an area of just under 4,000 sq km, Nouabalé-Ndoki is perhaps the wildest and most remote region in the Congo. Only accessible with a sturdy 4WD, patience and a sense of humour, a night in the forest towns and remote outpost’s en-route adds spice to the trip and strengthens resolve.  The rewards however, are huge.  Join dedicated wildlife researchers from the W.C.S as they play cat and mouse with lowland gorillas in ancient forests, where elephants, chimpanzees and bongo’s watch from the shadows. 

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park was created in 1993 to conserve one of the last examples of true wilderness in Africa. It boasts over 300 bird species and 1,000 plant and tree species, including a rich diversity of enormous endangered mahoganies. Ndoki Park sits in the Republic of Congo sector of the Sangha Trinational Zone and provides integral protection to wildlife through a collaborative management program between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Congolese Ministry of Forest Economy and the Environment (MEFE).


Listen out for the hissing crocodiles in Mbeli Bai, before walking back through the forest alive with fireflies at night.

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