Congo with Wilderness Safaris

Gorillas in our midst

The Republic of Congo boasts a mosaic of pristine tropical rainforest and moist savannah, and as part of the vast forests of the Congo Basin, holds most of the world’s remaining western lowland gorillas along with a host of fauna and flora diversity. Many of the mammals and birds have rarely been seen, and even experienced safari-goers will make many new discoveries.

The rivers that drain this vast area of central Africa provide one of the few means of access to these largely untouched forests and national parks such as Odzala-Kokoua, and Nouabale-Ndoki. It is this remoteness which has protected the rich ecology of the Congo and has allowed indigenous peoples to maintain their sustainable forest dweller lifestyle.

Congo offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore a little-visited African wilderness and to unveil some of the continent’s remaining mysteries.

Things to look forward to in Congo:

  • Tracking western lowland gorillas, and encounters with habituated groups
  • Exploring the natural splendour of untouched rainforests
  • Guided day and night walks focusing on every aspect of the area’s ecology, from primates to insects
  • Boat trips along rivers that give wonderful views into the gallery forests
  • Walking through freshwater bais in search of forest buffalo and elephant

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Why Congo?

  • First time to Africa
  • Travelled to Africa
  • Seasoned Traveller
  • Sharing more than 97% of its DNA with humans, the gorilla is perhaps the most charismatic forest resident; Odzala guests have a unique opportunity to observe habituated groups of the species.
  • The Congo basin is one of the last great unexplored wild corners of Africa
  • Pioneering ecotourism projects by Wilderness Safaris and its partners are helping protect and conserve the ecology and biodiversity of this unique region

Seasonality

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  • Green Season Highlights

    • During this period, higher rainfall with spectacular electrical storms contrast with sustained periods of blue skies and beautiful clear light – perfect for photography.
    • A scarcity of ripe fruits during this period results in smaller ranges and daily movements by gorillas and elephants.
    • Elephant visits to bais to obtain minerals are more frequent during this season.
  • Dry Season Highlights

    • With limited rain during this period, the air can be relatively hazy and humidity lower than in the green season.
    • During this time, many trees are fruiting (especially February and August), with the result that various species gather to feed on the bounty, and elephants and gorillas wander more widely to take advantage of the variety.
    • At the same time, the ripe fruits mean that gorillas take to feeding primarily in the trees, thus allowing easier viewing during sightings.