Odzala Discovery, Congo
Pioneering jungle eco-tourism
Odzala Discovery: Ngaga, Mboko and Lango Camps
Tourism is a relatively new, but growing, sector in the Republic of Congo. Few have trodden its wilderness areas and this presents an exciting opportunity to be among the first to discover their astonishing biodiversity. Despite significant oil wealth Republic of Congo has had a troubled past but is now a calm, stable and rapidly developing country of some 4.5 million people.
Odzala National Park covers an incredible 13 600km2 (3.36 million acres) and represents an essential part of both the greater Congo Basin system and the groundbreaking TRIDOM Transfrontier Park which combines bordering national parks in Gabon, Cameroon and Congo. It is famed for its primate populations, particularly the critically endangered western lowland gorilla, is one of the last refuges of the African forest elephant, and boasts iconic West Central African fauna such as forest buffalo, bongo and dozens of little-known mammal species including water chevrotain and palm civet.
Odzala Discovery Camps are pioneers in the eco-tourism industry of Congo, firmly believing that low-impact wildlife tourism contributes to global awareness, local sustainable development and protection of Congo’s invaluable rainforests. By visiting Odzala you will not only be helping pioneer it as a destination but helping develop a new business sector in Congo and diversifying the economy away from petrochemicals.
Odzala’s three camps combine beautifully to present a diverse intinerary covering three seperate habitats, each offering their own unique experiences. We recommend spending seven nights in Odzala to fully appreciate the astonishing biodiversity here.
Ngaga Camp, located just outside the park boundary in the Ndzehe concession, overlooks a beautiful open glade within primary forest above a forest stream. The Camp is situated within the overlapping home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, two of which are habituated.
Ngaga is truly gorilla central. A focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters, Ngaga Camp’s unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Like Lango, the Camp is constructed from natural materials using traditional techniques.
Game viewing: Western Lowland Gorilla, Crowned Monkeys, Moustached Monkeys, Forest duikers, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Great Blue Turaco, Butterflies, Insects
Activities: Gorilla treks, forest walks, visit to a local village, night walks
Mboko’s is the largest of the three camps with 12 guest rooms extending along the banks of a free-flowing tributary of the Lekoli River. Situated in an area of lush meadow-like savannah, frequented by forest buffalo, forest elephant and spotted hyaena, Mboko gives a sense of the scale of Odzala while also allowing you to focus on some of the smaller details: flowers and butterflies (seasonal) can be seen in profusion. Mboko Camp offers visitors breath-taking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and grassland savannah where hundreds of towering termite mounds create an otherworldly experience. Star-viewing is spectacular here and access to nearby villages on the fringes of the Park, provides the opportunity to meet and interact with local people.
Game viewing: Forest Buffalo, Harnessed Bushbuck, Forest Elephant, Spotted Hyaena, Bongo, Red River Hog, Western Sitatunga, Balck and White (Guereza) Colobus Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Putty-nosed Money, Hippo, Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Dwarf Crocodile
Activities: Boat safari, kayaking, adventure walks
It is possible to kayak from Mboko Camp to Lango Camp and this primitive, silent method of transport really immerses you into the jungle and completes your wilderness experience.
Lango’s six guest rooms are raised to the level of the gallery forest and connected by a series of raised walkways creating a treehouse-like atmosphere and giving incredible views out onto the open marshy bai in front of the Camp – one of the most arresting views of any Camp in Africa. The bai holds a magnetic attraction for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo by day and forest elephants by night.
Lango’s strategic location in the south central part of Odzala allows easy access to a variety of converging habitats. A real highlight of your stay at Lango is the change to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat, traditional pirogue, or even kayak. Lango is also one of the few places in Africa where you can safely explore streams and marshes on foot – a true immersive experience!
Game viewing: Forest Buffalo, Harnessed Bushbuck, Forest Elephant, Spotted Hyaena, Bongo, Red River Hog, Western Sitatunga, Balck and White (Guereza) Colobus Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Putty-nosed Money, Hippo, Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Dwarf Crocodile, African Grey Parrot, Green Pigeon.
Activities: Boat safari, kayaking, forest walks, viewing animals in the bai from Lango’s observation desk.
Odzala’s Discovery’s camps stand as a beacon for eco-tourism and are pioneering sustainable tourism in the Republic of Congo. Offering unique, immersive experiences and astonishing biodiversity across a mosaic of untouched habitats, they provide a fitting launchpad for your Congo adventures
Why we like it
Virtually no tourists..yet
Rare, unique wildlife, gorillas, butterflies and insects
An immersive jungle experience