Republic of Congo & Central African Republic

CONGO BASIN DISCOVERY

11 NIGHTS

CONSCIOUS JOURNEY

The ultimate Congo Basin Discovery through the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve. This itinerary starts and ends in Brazzaville.

Arrive at Maya Maya International Airport in Brazzaville.

Meet and greet with a representative from the Congo Conservation Company (CCC). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the remote location in a vast wilderness, a PCR test is required to the administered in Brazzaville. Results take 6-12 hours.

Transfer to Radisson Blu and have a scenic city tour to discover the highlights of the vibrant city of Brazzaville.

Radisson Blu

BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Radisson Blu

1 Night

Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of Congo, is situated in the banks of the mighty Congo River. This city holds the opportunity for superbly interesting city tours to take in the Poto Poto market (known for amazing textiles), visiting areas of local and historical interest, eating in some fun and quirky restaurants and if time allows to meet up with the Sapeurs or La Sape, a slang abbreviation based on the French word sape, meaning ‘attire’. This refers to the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (Society for Creators of Ambiance and Elegant People) which is a subculture centred on the cities of Brazzaville and Kinshasa but growing in followers throughout Central and West Africa. Spending time with the Sapeurs, you will be enlightened and taught the rules of elegance, through parades, dance and walking the town. (Image credit: Tariq Zaidi)

With the negative PCR results, a CCC representative meets you at Radisson Blu for a road transfer (20 minutes) to Maya Maya International Airport.

CCC scheduled charter flight departs every Monday and Thursday at 1pm from Maya Maya International Airport for a direct flight (2 hours) to Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

On arrival at the airstrip in Odzala-Kokoua National Park you are welcomed by the CCC team and the adventure begins with a safari drive (2 hours) through the park, via Mbomo Village, to Ngaga Camp.

Ngaga Camp. This first evening includes a conservation and gorilla briefing by the research team based at Ngaga Camp.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala Discovery Camps - Ngaga Camp

3 NIGHTS

Ngaga Camp is located in the Ndzehi Forest on the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, and situated right next to the gorilla research center pioneering Western Lowland Gorilla research. Guests can have dinner with the team and leading researchers and learn more about their work in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park which is home to the highest density of Western Lowland Gorillas. Explore the Ndzehi Forest on a network of well-maintained trails – a very different experience to the swampy terrain at Lango.

Safari transfer (2 hours) through the Mbomo Village and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park to Mboko Camp. Freshen up and have lunch.

This is one of the best camp arrivals in Africa. From Mboko Camp you start with a safari kayak down the Lekoli River. Encounter chimps, monkeys, elephants and buffalo along the river edge as you drift past.

At the entrance to Lango Baï the kayaks are pulled up on the river bank and a wonderful walk of 3kms begins. Watch flocks of green pigeons coming to roost, forest buffalo grazing and if you are lucky encounter and bongo or forest elephant as you wade through the water up the baï.

Arrive in time for sundowners at Lango Camp and watch the setting sun.
Your bags are brought to camp via a road transfer.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala Discovery Camps - Lango Camp

2 Nights

Lango Camp is in the south-central part of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, allowing easy access to a variety of habitats. Most of the activities focus on the Lango Baï, and swamps by walking or wading. Some driving may be required to get to more remote spots. Here the adventure continues on foot in search of various primates, birds, forest elephants, bongo and forest buffalo. The mineral-rich Lango Baï attracts a variety of birds and mammals, easily viewed from the open deck.

Game drive transfer from Lango Camp through the open savannah before reaching the edge of the forest.

Walk along a wooden raised path amongst the trees to Mboko Camp.

Mboko Camp.

Before departing for Sangha in Central African Republic a negative antigen test is required.

Odzala-kokoua national park

Odzala Discover Camp - Mboko Camp

1 NIGHT

Mboko Camp is located inside the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This is the base camp of Odzala Discovery Camps and the largest of the 3 camps. It is set along the Likeni River which leads into a network of waterways with surrounding savannah to be explored. River safari in aluminium boats or on kayaks are a great way to explore the wilderness and find unique wildlife species in their secluded habitats.

Game drive transfer from Mboko Camp to the airstrip.

CCC scheduled charter flight departs every Sunday and Wednesday at 10am from Odzala for a direct flight (1 hour) to Kabo on the edge of the Sangha River, just south of Bomassa.

Customs and passport control is managed in Kabo (departing Republic of Congo) followed by a quick road transfer or walk to the river. From here you start a wonderful 4-6 hour boat journey up the Sangha River and along the river edge in a little hut you enter Central African Republic where your passport is stamped. The whole journey is accompanied by a CCC guide who manages all the paperwork and passport controls while you enjoy the journey.

Late afternoon arrival at Sangha Lodge, Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve.

Dazanga-Sangha Special Reserve

Sangha Lodge

4 NIGHTS

Discover ancient forests and wildlife as never before seen at Dzanga Baï. Sangha Lodge is located near the geographical heart of Africa with chalets overlooking the Sangha River.  Experience the elusive forest elephant, spend time with the Ba’Aka net hunting, walk through the Valley of Giants, explore hidden waterfalls, kayak down the Sangha River and learn about conservation efforts, including the Sangha Pangolin Project.

Return journey downstream from Sangha Lodge to Kabo Airstrip (4-6 hour journey down the Sangha River).

CCC scheduled charter flight departs every Sunday and Wednesday at 2pm from Kabo to Odzala for a direct flight (1 hour).

Game drive transfer to Mboko Camp where you enjoy an afternoon safari activity.

Mboko Camp.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala Discovery Camp - Mboko Camp

1 NIGHT

Take a moment to immerse your senses in this place and time. See the pristine ecosystems, hear the sounds of a healthy environment, smell the dewy humidity and promise of rain, taste the sense of wonder filling your heart, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.

Early morning game drive transfer from Mboko Camp to the airstrip.

CCC scheduled charter flight departs every Monday and Thursday at 9am from Odzala-Kokoua National Park for a direct flight (2 hours) to Maya Maya International Airport.

If you require a PCR test for onward travel this will be arranged by the CCC team in Brazzaville. It is possible for this test to be turned around in 6 hours enabling you to connect with an evening international departure flight.

Depart from Maya Maya International Airport for your onward flight home.

Enjoy outstanding adventure through the rivers, baïs, swamps and forests, tracking gorilla on foot, forest walking trails, kayaking, river walks and boating, while discovering rare and unique species such as forest elephant, forest buffalo, bongo, sitatunga, and many rare bird species. This 11 night adventure truly is the ultimate way to discover the Congo Basin.

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