Congo Conservation Company

Odzala-Kokoua National Park & DZANGA-SANGHA
REPUBLIC OF CONGO & CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

From gorillas and elephants to bongo and Ba'aka, this is a rainforest discovery like no other.

Here you explore the magnitude and sheer beauty of the Congo Basin in safety, with 3 exceptional camps and an eco-lodge in 4 distinct locations.

DID YOU KNOW?

Most people get confused between the 2 Congos. There is Congo (previously the French Congo and also called Congo-Brazzaville), and there is the DRC, or the Democratic Republic of Congo (was the Belgian Congo and also known as Congo-Kinshasa).

AFRICA'S ULTIMATE RAINFOREST SAFARI

If you think you know Africa, come to the Congo for a perspective-altering experience. Here, your mind is blown by the sheer vastness of the Congo Basin as your lungs are filled by the freshest air in the world. Between rainforests, savannahs, rivers, mineral-rich baïs and swamps, you undertake an epic adventure of gorilla-tracking, game drives, boating, kayaking, forest walking, and river-wading to discover rare and endangered species.

Congo Conservation Company offers the only opportunity to discover the Congo Basin with a variety of life-changing, easy to book journeys, combining Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Sangha Trinational Protected Area. For those seeking a truly unique safari, consider a 4, 7, 10 or 11-night immersive discovery where every aspect of your journey is taken care of.

Working together with communities, researchers and the Congolese government, international business woman and philanthropist, Mrs. Sabine Plattner funded the first low-impact tourism model in Odzala-Kokoua National Park through the establishment of Congo Conservation Company in 2008. Mrs. Plattner has been actively involved in the preservation and viability of Africa’s rainforests for over a decade, with a positive impact being felt not only within the Congo, but spreading across the Congo Basin.

RE-OPENING 20 December 2021

FAST FACTS

RATES

7-night Odzala Discovery:
US$ 12 795
per person

11 night Congo Basin Discovery:
US$ 19 580 per person

ACCESS

Fly:
From Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville, there is a 2-hour scheduled flight transfer to Mboko airstrip in Odzala-Kokoua National Park every Monday and Thursday.

CHILDREN

All Camps & Lodge:
16 years+

These discoveries are only suitable for children 16+ years which is the minimum age for gorilla viewing.

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

What we love

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

Gorilla protection

Committed to research of the Western lowland gorilla.

Rainforest conservation

Preserving a vulnerable rainforest, the “lungs” of our planet.

an epic adventure

This rainforest safari is unlike anything else in Africa.

Discover rare species

Gorillas, forest elephant and buffalo, bongo, sitatunga, monkeys and rare birds. 

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The impact of your stay

Operating in remote parts of Central and West Africa, Congo Conservation Company (CCC) is creating viable, low impact tourism ventures in a pristine natural region to protect it from other, potentially damaging, commercial enterprises. This is achieved through Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) and CCC, joining communities, science and tourism on the grounds of conservation.

Every stay contributes through:

  • Being one of a few hundred tourists to visit this region every year (compared to over 300,000 to the Masai Mara).
  • Paying US$ 140 per person per night Odzala Park and Conservation Fees. This is allocated as: US$ 35 Park Fee, US$ 75 to African Parks for conservation of the park, and a US$ 25 Community Fee.
  • Staying at Ngaga Camp and paying US$ 750 Gorilla Track Fee, which contributes directly to the Western Lowland Gorilla research centre at the camp.
  • Meet the researchers and share feedback on gorilla behaviour noticed during the morning track.
  • Eco-tourism from the camps of Mboko and Lango has contributed through creating, an on-going presence which has led to stability and safety for wildlife.
  • Head out with the guides and collect data from camera traps to analyse animal behaviour.
  • At Sangha, every $ is put back into conservation and communities, and the running of this remote camp is highly valued.
  • Paying US$ 45 Sangha Park and Conservation Fees per person per day, US$ 110 Dzangha Bai Platform Fee per person per visit, and US$ 355 Gorilla Track Fee per person per track.
  • Guests staying at Sangha Eco-Lodge can also participate in pangolin conservation forest walks to view the highly endangered black-bellied pangolin. The Sangha Pangolin Project aims to protect as many pangolins as possible in Central African Republic through local support, knowledge, awareness and fighting against trafficking.

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Camps & Lodge

In the heart of the rainforest

Republic of Congo

NDZEHI CONCESSION

Ngaga Camp

REOPENING 20 December 2021

In the Ndzehi Concession, adjoining Odzala-Kokoua, Ngaga Camp is a focal point for world-class primate research, as well as unforgettable primate encounters. Overlooking a canopy of primary forest, the unique design of the camp evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses in an ancient and mystical forest.

Ngaga Camp is also home to scientists Magdalena Bermejo and Germán Illera. This is the base camp from which they conduct their gorilla research and conservation. Their constant presence has been successfully accepted by 3 gorilla families which are closely monitored, 2 of which are available for guests to track.

At Ngaga Camp, 6 en-suite rooms are perched in the tree canopy. From here you head straight out into the forest for your gorilla tracking. 

SEASONALITY Open all year.

CHILDREN: 16+ years

Ngaga Camp

6 Rooms

from US$ 1 135 per person per night
All meals and drinks.
Meeting gorilla researchers (when available).
Gorilla tracking (permit additional).
Guided forest walks.
Guided night walks.
Visit to Mbomo village.
Laundry.
WiFi (limited).

ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK

Lango Camp

REOPENING 15 January 2022

Lango Camp, on the edge of Lango Baï, offers one of the most extraordinary locations of any camp in Africa. Like the front row seat of a Nat-Geo documentary, the mineral rich baï attracts huge flocks of green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as herds of forest buffalo and forest elephants. They congregate in large herds and flocks in front of camp to gather much needed mineral salts.

The whole camp is built on elevated platforms and has 6 en-suite rooms perfectly positioned on the edge of the forest with views over the baï.

Here you explore the baïs, forests and natural elephant corridors on foot with experienced guides.

SEASONALITY: Open all year.

CHILDREN: 16+ years

Lango Camp

6 Rooms

from US$ 1 135 per person per night
All meals and drinks.
Guided forest walks.
Guided baï explorations.
River kayaking.
Laundry.
WiFi (limited).

ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK

Mboko Camp

REOPENING 20 December 2021

A combination of wide-open grasslands, gentle rivers and towering forests result in a place of peace and adventure, in equal measure. Explore on foot, by vehicle and by boat. The closest of the camps to the private airstrip, Mboko is the epicentre of the Congo Conservation Company tourism operations.

At Mboko Camp, activities are a combination of walking, boating and kayaking through some of the Congo Basin’s most beautiful habitats. Short drives may be required between experiences. 

The 12 en-suite rooms are all located in the tree-line and overlook a fresh river, the perfect swimming spot to cool off on a hot day.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: 16+ years

Mboko Camp

12 Rooms

from US$ 1 135 per person per night
All meals and drinks.
Meeting African Parks representatives (when available).
Guided forest walks.
Guided baï explorations.
River kayaking.
River swimming.
Massages (extra cost).
Laundry.
WiFi (limited).

Odzala Discovery

7-nights fully inclusive itinerary

US$ 12 795 per person
Accommodation, meals and drinks.
Return flights from Brazza to Odzala.
Gorilla tracking permits.
Brazza airport meet and greet.
Brazza city tour including lunch.
All conservation, community and park fees.

7-night discovery package

Odzala Discovery

The most popular discovery of Odzala-Kokoua, this is the perfect balance to experience a little bit of everything the Congo has to offer.

3 x nights at Ngaga Camp. Includes 2 gorilla treks and time with researchers. 

2 x nights Lango Camp. Arrive via kayak, and walk up the Lango Baï as the sun is setting.

2 x nights Mboko Camp. Experience forest walks, river swimming, boat cruises, and baï walks. 

Start & End: Brazzaville on a Monday or Thursday.

SEASONALITY: Available all year

CHILDREN: 16+ years

Central African Republic

Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve

Sangha Eco-Lodge

REOPENING 20 December 2021

Discover ancient forests and wildlife as never before at Dzanga Baï. Sangha Lodge is located near the geographical heart of Africa, with chalets overlooking the Sangha River. Built with immense passion and love, on a hope and prayer, by Rod and Tamar Cassidy, Sangha Lodge is now managed by the family alongside their son, Alon. Sangha is an inspiring destination and its mysteries leave your senses sharpened.

Spending time with the Cassidy family and visiting Dzanga Baï are the main attractions. Experience the elusive Forest elephant congregating en-masse, observing their social behaviours and interactions; 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. End the day with sundowners on the star deck and marvel at all this destination has to offer.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: 16+ years

Sangha
Eco-Lodge

12 Rooms

from US$ 1 135 per person per night
All meals and drinks.
Visiting Dzanga-Sangha Bai (permit additional).
Valley of the Giants guided walk.
Pangolin research walk.
Net hunting with the Ba'aka pygmy tribe
Meeting researchers (when available).
Guided forest walks.
River kayaking.
Laundry
WiFi (limited)

Congo Basin Discovery

11-nights fully inclusive itinerary

US$ 19 580 per person
Accommodation, meals and drinks.
Return between Brazza-Odzala-Kabo-Brazza.
Gorilla tracking permits.
Day permit for Dzanga-Sangha bai.
Boat journey from Kabo to Sangha.
Brazza airport meet and greet.
Brazza city tour including lunch.
All conservation, community and park fees.

11-night discovery package

Congo Basin Discovery

The most in-depth discovery of Odzala and Sangha, this is the ultimate immersion into the immense landscape of rivers, baïs, forests, and savannah. 

3 x nights at Ngaga Camp. Includes 2 gorilla treks and time with researchers. 

2 x nights Lango Camp. Arrive via kayak and walk up the Lango Baï as the sun is setting.

1 x night Mboko Camp. Experience forest walks, river swimming, boat cruises and baï walks. 

4 x nights Sangha Eco-Lodge. The arrival at Sangha is half the reason to go. Fly to Kabo and then a boat journey up the Sangha River. Once at the lodge, days are filled with visiting Dzanga-Sangha Baï, forest walks, hunting with the Ba’aka, and pangolin conservation.

1 x night Mboko Camp. Return from Sangha to Mboko and connect onwards to Brazzaville.

Start & End: Brazzaville on a Thursday.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: 16+ years

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FEATURED OFFER

Solo Travel

No single surcharge on flights and only 25% single surcharge on accommodation. Valid for 7-night and 11-night Discoveries starting on the 1st Monday or Thursday of every month.

Please note 11-night Discoveries can only start on a Thursday.

VALID: All year

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Congo Basin Discovery

The ultimate Congo Basin Discovery through the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve.

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Getting there

FLY

International flights arrive at Maya Maya Airport (Brazzaville) where guests are met and assisted by a member of the Odzala team. For guests who require a night in Brazzaville, we recommend the Radisson Blu. CCC offers a guided city tour.

Every Monday & Thursday a 2-hour scheduled flight operates between Brazzaville and Mboko Airstrip in Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The flight departs Brazzaville at 1pm, arriving at Mboko by 3pm. The return flight departs Mboko at 9am, arriving in Brazzaville by 11am. 

Baggage restriction is 15kgs per person in soft bags (inclusive of hand luggage).

Private charter flights can be arranged for other days of the week.

COVID TRAVEL

Congo Conservation Company complies with well-considered SOPs to provide the safest possible environment for guests and staff while ensuring a truly authentic experience.

The safety of the gorillas and remote communities is of utmost importance. As such all employees of CCC are vaccinated and a rapid PCR test is required upon arrival in Brazzaville before departing to the camps.

PCR testing can be managed in Brazzaville for guests requiring this for international return flight, and results can be obtained in 5 hours.

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Getting to Ngaga Camp

DRIVE

Upon arriving at Mboko Airstrip guests are met by the CCC team and transferred in an open safari vehicle on a 2-hour drive through Odzala-Kokoua National Park to the Ndzehi Conecession.  

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Getting to Mboko Camp

DRIVE

Mboko Camp is the central camp and hub of all CCC operations. 

It is only a 15-minute drive from the airstrip to Mboko Camp.  

From Ngaga Camp to Mboko Camp it is a 2-hour drive.

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Getting to Lango Camp

DRIVE, KAYAK, WALK

Mboko to Lango Camps must be one of the best camp arrivals in Africa.

From Mboko Camp, there is a short drive to the river followed by a 1-hour kayak downstream to the start of Lango Baï. Here, the kayaks are parked and you walk up the baï and into camp.   

Lango to Mboko Camp is 30 minute drive, followed by a beautiful 1km walk across a wooden path over a swamp, which comes out at Mboko Camp.

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Getting to Sangha Lodge

FLY & BOAT

Every Sunday and Wednesday, a scheduled flight operates from Mboko Airstrip to Kabo Airstrip (north of Ouesso and on the Sangha River), in Republic of Congo. From here, a wonderful 5-hour boat transfer takes you up the Sangha River to Sangha Lodge in Central African Republic. A Congo Conservation Company guide accompanies all transfers, and border formalities are managed along the river.

This is a true journey of discovery.

Return the same way, heading downstream by boat to Kabo, then a scheduled flight to Odzala (Sundays and Wednesdays), and a charter flight back to Brazzaville (Monday & Thursday).

Availability

Contact

Email:
discover@congoconservation.travel

Tel:
+27 64 142 6881

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. Based in Cape Town.