Congo is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Remote in the best possible sense of the word, this is safari in the original sense of the word – a voyage into the unknown.

A journey of exploration and discovery that will whet even the most jaded of travel appetites. Congo is far from the beaten track – indeed, vast tracts of its pristine rainforest are far from any tracks at all. The very name ‘Congo’ conjures up powerful images of the heart of Africa, a place of marvels and wonder that few have ever visited.Calmer and much more stable than its larger namesake, (the Democratic Republic of Congo) the "Republic of Congo" is approaching a vital crossroads. Despite its sparse human population, pressure is mounting to fund development by exploiting its natural riches – particularly oil and timber. Ecotourism, although in its infancy, offers a viable alternative. Far-sighted conservationists have established a handful of sensitively designed and managed Camps in and around Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the north of the country.

Congo Safaris FAQs

What is the price of a gorilla trekking Congo safari?

A gorilla permit in the Congo is the cheapest when compared to Uganda and Rwanda, at $400 per permit. If you are looking at spending a few days in the Congo on safari they start from around $1200 to $1300 per person per night sharing. The price is a bit more than most locations due to it's remoteness, but is all dependent on a the level of luxury and activities you would like to experience.

What wildlife can I expect to see in Congo?

The Republic of Congo has the highest number of lowland gorillas (different from the mountain gorillas). Besides gorillas, the rainforests of the Congo Basin are also referred to as the second lung of the world (second only to the Amazon jungle), and this is also a very important biodiversity hotspot. You can also encounter chimpanzees, forest elephant, forest buffalo, hippo, the very rare bongo antelope and just over 100 other mammals. The plant and birdlife are also prolific.

When is the best time to visit Congo?

Congo experiences a typical equatorial climate, but there is some variation between the southern and northern regions to bear in mind when planning a trip.

If you're visiting the capital Brazzaville and surrounds in the south it is best during the cooler drier months between May and September, while in the north around Odzala-Kokoua National Park it is best to visit in the dry months of January and February. The wet months can see temperatures reach 30°c and with the combined humidity makes it very uncomfortable.

What is the highlights of a trip to Congo?

One of the top highlights is most certainly Odzala-Kokoua National Park and trekking western lowland gorillas in this pristine and remote wilderness. Other highlights to look forward to include a nocternal forest walk, an afternoon cruise down the Lekoli River, swimming in the Likeni River, as well as a guided forest walk and vehicle safari. a real treat is to head to Sangha and trek to Mangabey and spend time with the pangolin researchers.

CHOOSE FROM THREEDISTINCT AREAS

From the bustling markets and vibrant growing art scene in Brazzaville to one of the oldest protected wilderness areas in Africa, Odzala-Kokoua, there is so much more than just gorilla trekking to experience in the Congo.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala represents one of the last truly pristine and remote ecosystems in Africa. In the 80 years since it was established, it has gained a near-mythical status due to the fact that very few people have ever been there, and the incredible stories that those few intrepid explorers brought back.

Etoumbi

Etoumbi marks the point in northern Congo where the tarred road ends, and the adventure of exploring Odzala really begins. From here on in, you’ll be on a voyage of discovery that will leave you with wonderful lifelong memories.

Brazzaville

Brazzaville is a fascinating melting pot of colonial history and vibrant Congolese culture. Its varied architecture represents Africa’s recent past in microcosm, but this is gradually being overtaken by a modern, optimistic and entrepreneurial spirit.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala represents one of the last truly pristine and remote ecosystems in Africa. In the 80 years since it was established, it has gained a near-mythical status due to the fact that very few people have ever been there, and the incredible stories that those few intrepid explorers brought back.

Why Tailormade Africa?

Experience Congo

One of Africa’s oldest protected areas, Odzala boasts the world’s highest density of western lowland gorillas, and many other charismatic species of bird, mammal and reptile in its 13 600km2. A vivid mosaic of habitats supports incredible biodiversity – several new species have been discovered there in recent years, and almost every day (and night) brings new discoveries. There are few places left in Africa where you know that your footprints are among the first, and that by placing them there, you are making a real and lasting contribution to the conservation of the globally significant rainforests of the Congo Basin. We love Congo for the chance it offers to intrepid explorers to have close encounters with habituated groups of gorillas and to spend time with the pioneering primatologists who have dedicated their lives to studying them.

In addition to the lowland gorillas, Odzala has eleven species of diurnal primate and megafauna such as forest buffalo and forest elephant. These more visible species share Odzala with a whole host of fascinating creatures, many of them unknown to the uninitiated. If you’ve ever wanted to see a bongo in the Congo, or a potto, anomalure or tree pangolin, then Odzala is a must-visit destination. Remember that palpable sense of excitement you felt the first time you set foot in Africa? Odzala is your chance to feel that way again, and discover much more than the 'normal' African wildlife.

Book Your Congo Safari Today!

We offer bespoke Congo safari holidays to travellers all over the world, from the UK to America. Unlike most safari operators, we specialise in bespoke trips based on a combination of your desires and our team’s expertise. They’ve travelled all of Africa, and know from experience how to craft the best safari experience for you. Contact Rob or Clyde today to start planning your next adventure in Africa!

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