Congo with Wilderness Safaris

Gorillas in our midst

The Republic of Congo has seemingly endless tropical forest and fingers of moist savannah covering its interior. Its largely pristine northern rainforest is the heart of the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest. Aside from a host of biodiversity, it holds the majority of the world's population of western lowland gorillas.

Rivers such as the Sangha, Mambili and the mighty Congo drain this basin and provide a means of exploration through dense forests and access to remote national parks such as Odzala-Kokoua, and Nouabale-Ndoki. It is in these areas that endemic wildlife flourishes and traditional forest dweller cultures persist.

Things to look forward to in Congo:

  • Searching for and meeting a western lowland gorilla
  • Exploring the second largest tropical rainforest on Earth
  • Guided forest walks in search of birds, primates and other iconic wildlife
  • Boating trips by motorised pirogue (a traditional flat-bottomed boat)
  • Game drives in the savannah areas

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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 vast Congo Basin is a region that spans six countries and contains a quarter of the world's tropical forests.
  • The development of ecotourist camps in Odzala-Kokoua by Wilderness Safaris contributes to the conservation of critical elements of central African biodiversity, from gorillas to butterflies

Seasonality

  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Green Season Highlights

    • Rainfall during this period means that the air is clearer for photography and humidity higher
    • 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
  • Transition Season Highlights

    • With limited rain during this period the air can be relatively hazy and humidity lower than the green season
    • Ripe fruits during this period (especially February & August) mean that elephants and gorillas wander more widely
    • Ripe fruits result in gorillas feeding primarily in trees thus allowing easier sightings
  • Dry Season Highlights