Odzala Kokoua National Park

A lush national park in the north of the Republic of the Congo, Odzala Kokoua National Park is one of the best places to spot western gorillas and forest elephants. Odzala is massive, covering a vast area with a mix of rainforest, marsh and savanna terrain. It’s near the border between Congo and Gabon, and one of the oldest national parks in Africa.

Odzala, as it’s informally known, is home to the Western Lowland Gorilla. They are the lesser-known relatives of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. But you can also see other primates (such as Guereza and black-and-white Colobus, gray-cheeked and agile mangabeys, De Brazza’s monkeys, Allen’s swamp monkeys, crowned monkeys and putty-nosed monkeys). The area is also home to central Africa’s highest density of chimpanzees – although these are very rarely seen by visitors.

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Highlights in Odzala Kokoua National Park

  • Biggest draw card is to spend time with the Western Lowland Gorillas
  • Smaller primates are not habituated, but you might have a chance to spot them
  • Enjoy a safari drive to see the forest buffalo (it’s common to see them on the roads), spotted hyena and antelopes (like the sitatunga)
  • Enjoy the different and unique bird species
  • Photograph the striking landscapes of marshes, hills, forests, and rivers
  • Look for dwarf crocodiles on a river trip
  • Walking safari (but be prepared to get wet!)

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Ngaga Camp

Ngaga Camp lies in Ndzehi Forest, in remote north-west Congo. It is an exciting choice for more adventurous travellers. The 6 tree-house-style rooms have wraparound balconies looking out over the forest canopy. Go gorilla tracking, explore the surrounding rainforest and meet the gorilla researchers to learn more about these incredible…

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Lango Camp

Lango Camp is tucked between the rainforest and expansive wetlands in Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The unique location offers the chance to explore the pristine forest in total seclusion, on game drives, boat and forest walks. The camp balances comfort and elegance with a minimal environmental impact and is ideal for…

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Mboko Camp

Mboko Camp sits within the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in a beautiful riverside spot surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and grassland savannah. The experiences here are a combination of walking, boating and kayaking through some of the Congo Basin’s most beautiful habitats. Explore the Lekoli River by drifting along in a…

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