Visit Odzala-Kokoua National Park

5 Reasons to Visit Odzala-Kokoua

  1. An opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the oldest park in Africa, located in the heart of the world’s second biggest rainforest, the Congo Basin.

  2. The experience of tracking western lowland gorilla through the dense Congo rainforest.

  3. Spend time at one of Odzala’s many bais and enjoy sightings of the various wildlife that come to drink and eat: forest elephant, forest adapted hyenas, bongos, the diverse birdlife and so much more.

  4. Discover the parc via bushwalks and river trips, guided by members of the local community.

  5. To simply relax and to open all your senses to the magic and serenity of the equatorial rainforest.

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. Light and vibrant skies from equatorial storms during the rainy season are often highly appreciated by photographers.

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. Due to the bountiful ripe fruits, gorillas often feed in the trees, which makes it easier to observe their behaviour and interactions. The different wildlife is normally easier to observe in the baïs, as they get closer to the water streams during this season.

Where To Stay

Discovery Camps

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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

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 such as bright blue and black so it is advisable that visitors wear khaki and lighter colours and make use of insect repellents.

Please note the following; gorillas and humans are closely related, which makes them susceptible to many of the same diseases, particularly respiratory infections. Visitors should inform hosts of any symptoms before departure, especially when tracking gorillas.

Additional medical procedures might be required by tourism operators.

Travel Essentials

French is the official language of the Republic of Congo. Other languages are mainly Bantu languages, and the two national languages in the country are Kituba and Lingala.

Visas must be obtained in advance, along with a letter of invitation usually provided by tourism operators.

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

How to Get There

Imbalanga Camp

The camp is accessible by the national road (N2) through the East entrance, located in between Makoua and Ouesso, close to Lango village. Booking is required before arrival.

Odzala Discovery Camp

Odzala Discovery Camps can be reached by air from Brazzaville with private charter or by road through the South entrance, in Mbomo village (Etoumbi road). For more information, visit www.odzala.com or email discover@congoconservation.travel. Booking is required before arrival.

Odzala-Kokoua Accommodations

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