Lowland Gorilla safari in the Congo

“Head into remote Odkala-Kokoua National Park on this tailor made tour, where you’ll track lowland gorillas and spend time with expert primatologists, while staying in comfortable forest camps”

Highlights

Brazzaville | gorilla trekking | night time forest walk| Mbomo village visit | boat safari and kayaking on the Lekoli River | bird watching | exploring marshy bai

Description of Lowland Gorilla safari in the Congo

This adventurous lowland gorilla safari takes you deep into Congo’s Odkala-Kokoua National Park to look for gorillas, chimpanzees and other wildlife, including elephant and buffalo. You’ll also take a night walk in the forest, explore the Lekoli River by kayak and learn from expert primatologists about their research in the park.

After arriving at the airport in Brazzaville, there’s time to explore the city before heading out to your camp the next day, where you’ll walk in the forest and learn about lowland gorillas from a research team. Over the following two days you’ll rise at dawn to track gorillas in the company of a local guide, on treks lasting anything from two hours to a full day. If time permits, afternoons are spent looking for birds and primates in the surrounding forest. There’s also the option of walking at night, when the forest comes alive with unusual nocturnal wildlife such as galagos and pottos.

The next four days bring a local village visit, a briefing from a wildlife research team and a kayaking trip on the Lekoli River, as well as walks over swamps and through marshland. You’ll stay at two different forest camps, one along the banks of the Lekoli River and the other surrounded by marshland. Both attract plentiful wildlife, including buffalos, elephants and red river hogs.

The final day takes you back to Brazzaville to meet your connecting flight home

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lowland Gorilla safari in the Congo

Environment

We know our wildlife; in fact it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so. The Republic of Congo is home to some unique wildlife species that are under a significant threat. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices are based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to do this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries, and to avoid leaving litter (whether it is biodegradable or not).

Although accommodation options are limited in the Congo, whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets to savouring rain water for washing, to using solar power for heating. Where no eco-friendly destination is available, we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to find ways of improving their service with the environment in mind.

This tour takes in and supports the Odzala/Kokoua National Park - home to some of the most beautiful rain forests in Africa. Well-regulated tourism here is providing a sustainable income for the local people and governments from the forest, helping to keep the logging and mining companies at bay.

We use local guides during this trip, and they share our wish to keep the environment clean and free of litter. Travellers are briefed about not dropping litter and sticking to the paths, as well as how to act respectfully around wildlife.

Community

Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals; we wholeheartedly do not believe in taking jobs from local populations, and as such, try to use local guides wherever possible.

We make sure that tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it, and because it is the 'thing to do'; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

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