Odzala-Kokoua is renowned for its impressive biodiversity; sustaining many rare forest adapted mammals and abundant primate species, in a lush and verdant habitat.
This region of the vast Congo basin contains the world's second-largest tropical rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon. As well as one of the great apes of Africa - the western lowland gorilla - there are many other primates to be found here, including the grey-cheeked mangabey, moustached monkey and putty-nosed monkey. The park offers some good purpose-built camps, which are well set up for gorilla tracking.
Forest elephant bulls are regularly seen in the Mboko area, both in the savannah and forest fringe, as well as along the Lekoli River. The charismatic forest buffalo is abundant in the park, and you can also spot sitatunga, bongo and black-fronted duiker.
Ideal for viewing: western lowland gorilla, chimpanzee, forest buffalo, forest elephant, putty-nosed monkey
Where: Cuvette Ouest Region , Congo
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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
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Located in dense gallery forest, Lango Camp overlooks a busy bai that attracts elephants and forest buffalo who come to socialise and dig for mineral salts. Its six guest rooms sit on raised platforms, affording wonderful views, and there is a spacious deck and fire pit for after-dinner wildlife vigils.
Mboko Camp is an ideal base in Odzala-Kokoua, located near the airstrip, and consists of 12 comfortable en suite canvas tents, all set along the Lekoli River. The camp is regularly visited by forest elephant and buffalo in the open grassland as they come to drink or bathe in the river.
Ngaga Camp sits in the heart of pristine primary rainforest and the epicentre of a population of western lowland gorillas, of which two habituated groups can be tracked here. Constructed from natural materials, accommodation is in six rooms, connected by walkways with views into the forest.