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Wildlife Locations

2 recommended locations:

Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala-Kokoua National Park is perfect for the wildlife enthusiast who yearns for adventure and discovery. It provides a refuge for 114 mammal species and more than 400 species of birds. A known 16 primate species can be found here, including the western lowland gorilla, one of Africa's great apes.

  • Where: Cuvette Ouest Region
  • Ideal for viewing: western lowland gorilla, chimpanzee, forest buffalo, forest elephant, putty-nosed monkey
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Gorilla trekking, Birdwatching

Brazzaville

Named after the Franco-Italian explorer, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, who founded the city in 1880, the pleasantly unassuming capital city of Brazzaville occupies the north bank of the Congo River. The abundance of tropical foliage has earned it the title ‘Brazza la verte’ or Green Brazza.

  • Where: Pool Region
  • Excellent for: City stopover

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Wildlife trips

The equatorial rainforests of the Republic of the Congo are home to a remarkable amount of wildife. The area harbours the major population of western lowland gorillas, plus chimpanzees, bonobos, buffalos and another 400 species of mammals, and around 1,000 species of birds.

1 recommended trip. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Lowland Gorilla Encounter

Deep in the dense rainforest of Congo's Odzala-Kokoua National Park, track habituated lowland gorilla groups in a pristine wilderness barely ever touched by tourism, and enjoy the area's incredibly beautiful fauna and flora, with a kayaking trip down Lekoli River and walks on forest elephant trails.

  • When to go: May-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

You can see lowland gorillas all year round, however the scarcity of ripe fruits during the wet season results in smaller ranges and movements, and consequently the best time to see them is between June and September

Seasons

  • Dry season

    Jun to Oct: This is the driest time of year, but temperatures and humidity are high all year round.
  • Wet season

    Nov to May: Rainfall is particularly heavy from January to May.

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Sep: Best time for gorilla trekking

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