Republic of congo Accommodations , Safari Lodges & Hotels
Odazala is situated in and around the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and is made up of three camps – Ngaga, Mboko and Lanko. This is the place to see the magnificent Western Lowland gorillas.
Find available accommodation in Odzala and book on-line easily, enjoy a gorilla trekking of the western lowland gorillas. To enable visitors to enjoy Congo’s rich history and beautiful environment to the full, many natural and historical tourist attractions are also listed.
There are many people of french origin in Congo and French is widely spoken and understood.
The best way to see Gorillas is by visiting Africa the home for the world’s largest mountain gorillas, Eastern Lowland gorillas & Western Lowland gorillas found in Odzala National Park.
Republic of congo is not a self drive safari destination has its the case in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya , Tanzania & DR congo and the most recommended safari packages are guided where by odzala does all the transportation means.
The Camp & Lodge of odzala National Park has a wonderful position overlooking the unfenced Odzala National Park. It is conveniently located close to the majestic western lowland gorilla home stays, this will ease the gorilla trekking the next day.
No trip to Odzala would be complete without enjoying a gorilla trekking in the famous african jungles with the lead of experienced tour guides & Park Rangers.
Travelers have been to congo but no one has ever attempted to do a self drive safari in Congo coming to odzala and we wouldn’t recommend Self drive Safaris to Republic of congo.
Odzala National Park has three safari lodges which are recommended for travelers planning a visit for gorilla trekking in Africa.
Odzala Safari Camps
Odzala receives a tiny number of travellers each year. There are currently only two camps in the area for these set fly-in safaris: Ngaga and Lango Camp.
Ngaga Camp is the first stop on your itinerary, and is the base for visiting the gorillas. It is a smart luxury camp with just six rooms and tucked into thick rain forest, its location creating a wonderful and unique atmosphere.
Then your second stop is Lango Camp, which is almost identical in style and design to Ngaga but situated on the edge of a bai – a swampy clearing surrounded by seemingly impenetrable forest.
Activities on a safari to Odzala
The activities from Ngaga Camp centre around treks to see habituated Western lowland gorillas. Each visitor gets two chances to track the gorillas and these take place in the mornings guests are usually back in time for brunch. This leaves the afternoon free for a forest walk, or a visit to the nearby Ombo village. Ngaga also offers fascinating night walks, which give you a totally different perspective on the area.
From Lango Camp the activities on offer include the walk in the bai in front of camp, for which you should be prepared to get wet! Walking through the clear water, sometimes up as far as your river shoes or old trainers/sneakers are recommended footwear. River trips in steel boats with an engine take you down Lekoli River to look out for moustache or putty-nosed monkeys and various birds. Safari drives in 4WD vehicles, and walks in the savannah and river forest areas are also possible.
Ngaga Safari Camp
Ngaga Camp, located just outside the park boundary in the Ndzehe concession, overlooks a beautiful open glade within primary forest above a forest stream. The Camp is situated within the overlapping home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, two of which are habituated.
Ngaga is truly gorilla central. A focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters, Ngaga Camp’s unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Like Lango, the Camp is constructed from natural materials using traditional techniques.
Western Lowland Gorillas are the main species of wildlife searched for from Ngaga Camp and they are tracked on foot from the Camp itself. This species favours areas of marantaceae vegetation which is a staple food source but at intervals throughout the year the gorillas also seek out fruiting trees within the forest. Other primates such as Crowned and Moustached Monkeys can be encountered in the forest, while Central Chimpanzees are often heard and occasionally seen. Various forest duikers occur as well as some spectacular forest birds such as the very large Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Great Blue Turaco and a host of others.
Ngaga Camp Activities.
The main activity at Ngaga Camp and a true Congo highlight is tracking habituated groups of western lowland gorillas through the rainforest. Skilled local trackers will lead you in search of gorillas accustomed (through years of patient research) to being approached by humans. Deciphering barely visible tracks and signs, and keeping an ear open for vocalisations, the trackers have an uncanny ability to anticipate the gorillas’ movements and get you into the best possible viewing positions. As well as gorilla tracking, Ngaga offers a host of additional unique activities:
- Explore the Ndzehe Forest on a network of well-maintained trails a very different experience to the swampy terrain at Lango.
- Night walks in search of nocturnal primates and other shy forest species.
- Take time to admire and even commune with giant forest trees.
- Spend time just looking around you at the colours and shapes of insects, seed pods, fungi and orchids
- Don’t forget to look up for turacos, hornbills, and other impressive forest birds
- Cool off in a clear forest stream after a day tracking gorillas
- Visit nearby Ombo village to learn more about sustainable forest lifestyles and how people make the most of all that Nature provides in such a remote location.
- Experience the forest by night, in search of strange nocturnal creatures
Lango Safari Camp
Lango camp has six guest rooms are raised to the level of the surrounding gallery forest, giving incredible views out onto the open marshy bai in front of the Camp one of the most arresting views of any Camp in Africa. The bai holds a magnetic attraction for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo by day and forest elephants by night.
Lango’s strategic location in the south central part of Odzala allows easy access to a variety of converging habitats. A real highlight of your stay at Lango is the change to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat, traditional pirogue, or even kayak. Lango is also one of the few places in Africa where you can safely explore streams and marshes on foot a true immersive experience.
Lango Camp Accommodation
Nestled in dense gallery forest with each room, the dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks overlooking the Lango bai, and are constructed from natural materials such as locally woven raffia palm panels.
Raised walkways connecting the rooms to the public areas wind through the gallery forest. A star deck and fire pit are placed on a dropped deck overlooking the bai for after dinner relaxation and star-gazing.
Lango Camp Game Viewing
Forest Buffalo and Harnessed Bushbuck are regular visitors to the bai and can be seen at any time of the day. Forest Elephant and Spotted Hyaena are also regular visitors but are more typically seen after dark. Nocturnal visitors to the bai include Bongo, Leopard and Red River Hog. Western Sitatunga and various forest duiker species can be encountered nearby and Guereza Colobus monkeys are frequently seen in Camp. Other primates, such as Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Putty-nosed Monkey are commonly seen nearby, while Chimpanzees are regularly heard from Camp.
Hippo occur at low densities in the Lekoli River and Serval are occasionally seen in the savannah areas. Crocodiles are represented by two harmless species, the Slender-snouted Crocodile and the African Dwarf Crocodile.
Lango Safari Activities
Many activities at Lango and Mboko are a combination of driving and / or walking and boating. This is to give you access to the most productive and beautiful areas of the Concession, and the best possible wildlife viewing once there.
- Exploring the bai and associated swampy open areas, the Lekoli River and surrounding savannah and forest areas
- Spot wildlife from the Camp: Forest Buffalo and Harnessed Bushbuck are regular visitors to the bai
- Enjoy the antics of resident Guereza colobus monkeys
- Walk (and wade) the (Lango) bai and savannah
- Adventure trails along the edges of forested areas give insights into the arboreal world
- Spot dwarf crocodiles, forest ducks and kingfishers and maybe even a hippo
- Look out for hyaena, aardvark, and serval on savannah game drives by day and night
- Enjoy a chorus of strangely melodious forest sounds after dark
Mboko Safari Camp
Mboko camp provides you with spectacular star-viewing opportunities before you fall asleep to the sounds of life-giving water flowing to meet the Congo River, and also offers access to nearby villages on the fringes of the Park, where you can met and interact with local people.
Mboko Camp Accommodation
10 double occupancy cabins and 2 family cabins are nestled along the Lekoli River in amongst the lush green forest which provides a feeling of privacy. Each cabin has a deck with lounge chairs on which you can rest and listen to the tranquility of the river babbling past you.
Mboko Camp Game Viewing
Forest Buffalo and Elephant are common visitors to Mboko Camp. You can often catch Forest Buffalo having breakfast in the morning mist of the savannah. In the evening look out into the darkness in search for fireflies. At night, use your torch and see if you can catch a spotted hyaena in action. These are in additional to Colobus Monkey, Grey Parrot and Bock sightings.