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Experience Unconventional Africa

Odzala National Park covers an incredible 13,600km2 (1.36 million hectares / 3.36 million acres) and represents an essential part of both the greater Congo Basin system and the groundbreaking TRIDOM Transfrontier Park which combines adjacent national parks in Gabon and Cameroon, as well as Congo. Famed for its biodiversity, Odzala is also renowned as one of the last refuges of the African forest elephant (listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN). Forest elephants are threatened by poaching for ivory, and by habitat loss due to deforestation. Odzala is also famed for its primate populations; in particular, the critically endangered Western Lowland Gorilla: a very significant population of these great apes survives in unspoiled natural habitat, alongside ten other diurnal primate species. Odzala also boasts iconic West Central African fauna such as forest buffalo and bongo as well as dozens of little-known mammal species, from water chevrotain to palm civets. 

Ngaga Camp is the home of top gorilla researchers Dr Magda Bermejo and German Illera, they are the first people to successfully habituate Western Lowland Gorillas and are the World authorities on this species. They have focused their research on this species in northern Congo for the past 17 years. Without this research there would be no habituated gorillas – and no guest experience.  

 

There are over 20 groups of gorillas in the 30km2 (11.5 sq. mi) Ndzehi Forest area surrounding Ngaga Camp. Two of these groups have been habituated and can be viewed by guests. The movements of both groups are dictated by the seasonal availability of different forest fruits and other forage such as marantaceae leaves and stems. There are also a number of unhabituated gorilla groups but these tend to be skittish and are not often seen. 

In contrast to Mountain Gorillas which rest in open clearings, Western Lowland Gorillas rest up in thick vegetation – noise from (unseen) humans would disturb them so they have to be observed while feeding and active. This makes Western Lowland Gorilla viewing potentially more challenging, but it also affords guests the chance to see more unique behaviour like playing and tree climbing.

NEPTUNO GROUP ~ 16 INDIVIDUALS

Silverback: Neptuno, an enormous and sometimes intimidating male

Home range centred on Ngaga Camp 

Many activities at Lango and Mboko are a combination of walking and boating. This is to give you access to the most productive and beautiful areas of Odzala’s forest savannah mosaic habitat, and the best possible wildlife viewing once there.

Many activities at Lango and Mboko are a combination of walking and boating. This is to give you access to the most productive and beautiful areas of Odzala’s forest savannah mosaic habitat, and the best possible wildlife viewing once there.