Visit Odzala-Kokoua National Park

5 Reasons to Visit Odzala-Kokoua

  1. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of the Congo Basin rainforest –a biological hotspot of global importance and the world’s second biggest rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon.

  2. The opportunity to track western lowland gorilla on foot through the dense Congo rainforest.

  3. Experience the serenity of exploring the forest by canoe.

  4. Spend time at one of Odzala’s many baies and enjoy sightings of the various wildlife that come to drink, including forest elephant and buffalo.

  5. Interact with the local pygmy community and learn more about their unique way of life.

Odzala-Kokoua Travel Information

When To Visit

Wet season (March – May and September – November)

Congo lies on the equator, which means that temperatures vary very little year round. There are two rainy seasons, and two drier seasons

Dry season (December – February and June – September)

Limited rainfall can make the air relatively hazy, but humidity levels are lower than they are during the wet seasons. The bountiful ripe fruits mean that gorillas often feed in the trees, allowing for easier sightings and interesting opportunities to observe behaviour and interactions.

Where To Stay

Discovery Camps

http://www.odzala.com/

Guests are welcome to stay at one of the park’s three Odzala Discovery Camps managed by Congo Conservation Company, all of which offer a unique, life-changing opportunity to visit the forests of the Congo Basin in safety and comfort. Few people ever get the chance to visit this part of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), which lies close to the geographical “Heart of Africa”, and it is a near-mythical place of astounding biodiversity and beauty.


Guests at the camps experience the ultimate safari adventure and are able to explore the towering forests, crystal-clear streams and expansive open savannah of the region while tracking western lowland gorillas through pristine rainforest, enjoying grasslands and waterways, and sighting unique birds and wildlife through Discovery journeys combining stays between the camps. 

Lango Camp

A beautiful six-roomed camp nestled along the edge of a dense gallery forest overlooking the productive Lango Baï; this site is within access to the Lekoli River and the surrounding forests.

Ngaga Camp

A research centre and camp offering of six bungalows, Ngaga rests in a glade within the primary forest above the Ngaga Stream. Spend time with some of the habituated groups of western lowland gorillas in the area.

Mboko Camp

The largest of the camps, Mboko is the adventure camp and has twelve guest rooms on the edge of the savannah extending along the forested banks of the Likeni River.

Contact details:

For more information, visit www.odzala.com or email discover@congoconservation.travel 

Health Essentials

Congo Conservation Company will provide the required medical forms to complete when staying at the Odzala Discovery Camps. 

Please note the following; gorillas and humans are closely related, which makes them susceptible to many of the same diseases, particularly respiratory infections. To minimise any risks, we request that guests provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against measles and polio. We also require evidence that visitors are free of any active tuberculosis infections. Evidence of this can be provided via an updated vaccination card (in English or French) and a letter from a doctor (in English or French) on an official clinic or hospital letterhead with a valid official stamp stating you are free from tuberculosis. A yellow fever vaccination is also a prerequisite for entry into Congo.

Odzala-Kokoua is a malaria area and it is advised that visitors take recommended prophylaxis medication prescribed by a doctor. While on anti-malarial medication it is still recommended that the necessary precautions be taken to avoid getting bitten (using insect repellents, as well as wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evenings and mornings).

Tsetse flies can be a problem in certain parts of the park. Tsetse flies tend to be attracted to dark colours so it is advisable that visitors wear khaki and lighter colours and make use of insect repellents.

We advise against drinking tap water. Guests should rather consume bottled or filtered water, which is provided by the camps.

Travel Essentials

French is the official language of the Republic of Congo.

Visas must be obtained in advance, along with a letter of invitation.

The currency is the Central African Franc (CAF) and can be obtained from the airport, or from ATMs at local banks in the capital, Brazzaville. Please note that credit cards are not widely accepted.

How to Get There

Odzala Discovery Camps can be reached by air from Brazzaville. All international visitors to Odzala-Kokoua National Park are required first to visit Brazzaville to complete immigration and customs formalities. Clients are required to obtain a letter of invitation (LOI) well in advance of their travels to the Congo. Congo Conservation Company assists guests with this important document.

From Brazzaville, scheduled 2-hour charter flights to the camps on Mondays and Thursdays offer a seat-in rate for guests and are the best option to reach the camps. These flights are included when booking Discovery packages with Congo Conservation Company. 

Guests who wish to make use of the land transfer in an air-conditioned bus can enquire with us for more information and rates. For local guests wanting to self-drive, please contact us to find out more. The pontoon barge at Etoumbi showcases the locals’ ingenuity in getting vehicles across the river.

Private charters from Brazzaville are available for up to 8 guests (enquire for costs).

Odzala-Kokoua Accommodations