The Republic of Congo or otherwise known as Congo Brazzaville is one of the last refuges of the critically endangered Western Lowland Gorilla. These great apes can be tracked in their natural habitat in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, which is located in the north-west of the country. An ‘Odzala Experience’ is truly unique as it encompasses the exploration of a remote, thriving and unspoiled rainforest ecosystem. Including nocturnal forest walks, wading through forest streams, kayaking along the river while viewing wildlife such as Forest elephant, buffalo, Giant hog, Bongo and for bird lovers it is a wonderful opportunity to witness a colony of African Grey Parrots and Green Pigeons along with many more species.
Nature AT ITS BEST BY SUNLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT
The Congo Basin is a thriving ecosystem of biodiversity, with fascinating creatures and plants only found in this region. Travellers are able to discover the fine details of nature by day from butterflies to ancient trees, while wading through sand bed forest streams, following jungle paths or kayaking along the river to get up close and personal with the animals of the Bai, a nutrient rich area humming with forest life. When the creatures of the day retreat to their rest beds, the jungle comes alive with a whole new diversity of life, where travellers can witness these intriguing nocturnal activities by moonlight. A unique experience for all that wish to discover a different perspective of nature.
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The Republic of Congo is a small country in comparison to its neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), covering 342,000 square km (approx. 212,509 square miles). Getting there is relatively easy with daily flights on Air France. Internal charter flights are included in the itineraries on offer and depart Mondays and Thursdays from Maya Maya Airport to Odzala-Kokoua National Park, situated in the north-west of the country. The park covers 1 360 000 hectares (3 360 633 acres), renowned as the richest forest block in central Africa for primate species.