Republic of the Congo,

The Wonderful Wildlife of My Congo

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Group Tour
11 Days
From £7205
GEOIP Not Available
Primate Watching
Off The Beaten Track

Tour Introduction

11 Days from £7205
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

Most of our clients are interested in general natural history – Mother Nature in all her various manifestations. Some have certain types of wildlife that are of particular interest. Others seek something out of the ordinary – a little-visited wildlife gem that’s resolutely off-the-beaten-track; somewhere that engenders a frisson of excitement and perhaps a modicum of trepidation.

We have discovered just such a destination – the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo). Throughout this varied and comprehensive journey you will be accompanied by documentary cameraman Vianet D’jenguet who will bring the destination to life with his passion for the people and rare wildlife of the Congo. In addition to Vianet – who can also give you helpful photography tips – there will be experienced wildlife guides from the Congo Conservation Company on hand to provide specialist local knowledge and priceless natural history insights.

NB: The 2018 departure is now gone. There will be a 2020 group departure – please call us for details.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £7205
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Brazzaville

Met on arrival in Brazzaville and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Radisson Blu M'Bamou Palace Hotel. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Brazzaville

Spend a few hours exploring Brazzaville accompanied by Vianet and our local representative. There is no set tour arranged; instead Vianet will simply show you some of his favourite parts of the city, no doubt also visiting one of Brazzaville’s bustling markets. There will almost certainly be a visit to Rapide, a viewpoint overlooking the foaming Congo River where it surges through in a series of wild rapids.

Staying at Radisson Blu M'Bamou Palace Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Ndzehi Forest

Transfer to Brazzaville Airport for a scheduled charter flight to Mboko airstrip in Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Upon arrival at Mboko airstrip we will be met by our guide and transfer to a private concession in the Ndzehi Forest which borders the National Park’s western boundary. After dinner enjoy a short forest night walk.

Staying at Ngaga Camp. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4
Ndzehi Forest

The group will be divided into three, with two groups spending the morning tracking western lowland gorillas, and the third group exploring the forest trails. In the afternoon the whole group will visit the small village of Ombo, with another opportunity for a night walk after dinner.

Staying at Ngaga Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Ndzehi Forest

The group will be divided into three, with two groups spending the morning tracking western lowland gorillas, and the third group exploring the forest trails. In the afternoon the whole group will explore one of the forest trails, with another opportunity for a night walk after dinner.

Staying at Ngaga Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Mboko

During a final morning at Ngaga two groups will track the habituated gorilla groups whilst the third group relaxes at the lodge, or explores one of the forest trails. After lunch drive back into Odzala-Kokoua National Park. En route stop in the small town of Mbomo to visit a pre-school and community centre which is supported by Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC). Arriving at dusk we will hopefully be welcomed by spotted hyena which frequently visit the camp before nightfall.

Staying at Mboko Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Mboko

After breakfast drive to the Lekoli River for a boat trip upriver and hike to one of the baies. The actual baie to be visited will depend on wildlife activity and weather, but is likely to involve a hike with short stretches of possibly waist deep water, muddy trails, and grassland. Return to the camp in time for lunch.

In the late-afternoon enjoy a gentle boat trip down the Lekoli River for a stunning sunset over Lango Stream. Return to the camp after dark in time for dinner.

Staying at Mboko Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Lango

Return to the Lekoli River and kayak downstream to Lango Stream, and from there hike along the stream into Lango Baie, arriving in time for lunch.

In the late afternoon hike across the baie to a forested ‘island’ - Lango East Forest - to look for primates and birdlife.

Staying at Lango Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Lango

After breakfast, cross the baie once again to enjoy a morning wildlife hike through a variety of habitats including gallery forest, grassland and forest ‘islands’.

Return to the camp for lunch. The afternoon programme of activities is flexible. Some may prefer to relax on the deck and watch the activity on the baie from that viewpoint, others might like to hike in one of the forest islands, or perhaps take a grassland walk.

Staying at Lango Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Brazzaville

Transfer to Mboko airstrip for the scheduled charter flight back to Brazzaville. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel’s grill restaurant overlooking the Congo River.

Staying at Radisson Blu M'Bamou Palace Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Depart Brazzaville

Includes Breakfast.

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Tour Accommodation

Republic of the Congo South Congo

Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel

Overview

This modern hotel occupies a privileged position overlooking the Congo River towards Kinshasa. The rooms have views of the city and river and are equipped with fridge (mineral water only), desk, direct dial phone, satellite TV with a large variety of multilingual channels, safe, air-conditioning and complimentary high speed WiFi.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
178
Facilities

There is the M'Bamou Larder serving international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the M'Bamou lounge offering light bites and drinks, Le Feu des Saveurs grill overlooking the Congo River and Il Taglio pool bar serving Italian cuisine and Mediterranean cocktails. A same day laundry service is available if clothes are received before 0930. The hotel also provides 24-hour room service,

The M'Bamou Health Club and Spa has an outdoor pool, outdoor deck overlooking the gardens and the Congo River, a fitness centre, massage and treatment rooms, a hairdresser, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, nail spa and juice bar.

There are a number of high-priced boutique shops on the ground floor, as well as a supermarket a short walk away. Euros, US Dollars and Pounds can be exchanged for CFA Francs 24 hours a day at reception. There is a Visa ATM in the lobby and a MasterCard ATM less than a block away.

Republic of the Congo North Congo

Mboko Camp

Overview

Mboko Camp is located inside Odzala-Kokoua National Park and is the largest of Congo Conservation Company’s three adventure camps. It is also the operational centre for the camps. There are 12 tented rooms built along the Likeni River, consisting of  10 double occupancy and two family cabins. Each room has a private deck with forest or river view, en suite bathroom with hot shower, flush toilet, mosquito net, fans, power points and in-room safe.

Activities are a combination of exploring the savanna, forest ‘islands’ and baies on foot, and river trips. River activities are either in a motorised aluminium boat, or kayaks. The activities often involve wading through streams and muddy baies.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

Large dining, lounge and bar area with star deck and fire pit overlooking wide-open grasslands that are frequented by buffalo, elephants and abundant bird life. There is also a river deck by the Likeni River for post forest walk drinks. Laundry service is included at the Camp.

Local Wildlife

Forest elephant, spotted hyena, forest buffalo, western sitatunga, harnessed bushbuck, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey and putty-nosed monkey. Bongo, red river hog, slender-snouted crocodile and Africa dwarf crocodile are also occasionally seen.

Republic of the Congo North Congo

Ngaga Camp

Overview

The camp is located in the Ndzehi Forest outside the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park. It is perched above a forest clearing surrounded by dense marantaceae forest, Ngaga Camp has six guest cabins raised on three- to four-metre stilts with wraparound viewing walkways. All rooms are en suite with a hot shower and flush toilet, mosquito net, fans, in room safe, and power points.

The main activity at Ngaga is tracking western lowland gorillas, drawing on the expertise of primatologists Dr Magda Bermejo and German Illera, who have their research base here. Alongside their team of trackers they have studied these amazing primates for more than 17 years and the focus of each morning at Ngaga will be to locate and view the gorillas as much as possible, within limits.

Two groups have been habituated and can be viewed by guests. Neptuno and his group of 13 are generally quite relaxed in the presence of guests and researchers. The second habituated group numbers 23 individuals and is led by Jupiter who is very shy and does not show often, though there is usually plenty of noise and interesting dynamics to observe amongst the group’s adolescents.

There is also an extensive network of forest trails which can be explored where a variety of fauna can be seen including monkeys and up to seven species of hornbill. Night walks to see a myriad insects and search for potoos, palm civets, genets and galagos are possible for those that are interested.

Cultural visits to nearby Ombo visit can also be arranged.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
6
Facilities

Dining room, lounge and bar area on one raised deck overlooking the forest, and a star deck and fire pit located on a lower deck below the main area. Laundry service is included.

Local Wildlife

The main activity at Ngaga Camp is tracking western lowland gorillas.

Optional Activities

Forest hikes, night hikes and village visit.

Republic of the Congo North Congo

Lango Camp

Overview

Lango Camp is located on a baie in the south-central part of Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Getting to the Camp is an adventure, with a drive to the Lekoli River, a paddle downstream in kayaks, and then a hike into Lango bai. A shorter route is available for the less active!

The camp buildings are connected by a series of raised walkways which are frequently visited by black and white colobus monkeys. There are six comfy double occupancy rooms built amongst the forest overlooking Lango Baie. All rooms have a wraparound viewing walkway, en suite bathroom with hot water shower, flush toilet, mosquito net, fans, power points and in-room safe.

Activities from Lango Camp focus on the baie, surrounding savannah, and forest ‘islands’. Some activities can involve wading through streams and muddy baies.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
6
Facilities

Central dining room, lounge and bar area, with star deck and fire pit affording magnificent views over the baie. A laundry service is provided free of charge.

Local Wildlife

Forest elephant, forest buffalo, spotted hyena, western sitatunga, harnessed bushbuck, black and white colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, putty-nosed monkey, Africa grey parrot, and green pigeon. Bongo, red river hog, slender-snouted crocodile, and African dwarf crocodile are also occasionally seen.

Route Map

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Radisson Blu M\'Bamou Palace Hotel: -4.276511, 15.284460
Ngaga Camp: 0.404946, 14.604018
Mboko Camp: 0.604115, 14.898682
Lango Camp: 0.606662, 14.932432

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965