Congo’s forests are teeming with biodiversity, and by visiting Congo you will contribute towards not only wildlife and forest conservation, but also the socio-economic empowerment of her people. Tourism is a relatively new industry in oil-rich Congo, and plays a vital role in fostering sustainable development of this country’s substantial and invaluable rainforests.
We focus our Congo safaris on Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the north-west of this beautiful country. Odzala-Kokoua has a mix of habitats, from steeply sloped hills covered in dense forest, to low swampy forest and savannah dotted with forest islands and bisected by rivers. The forests have ‘bais’ – clearings that attract wildlife that come to drink, feed on grasses and obtain minerals and salts. The park hosts an incredible diversity of life, including 100 mammal species and 430 bird species. Notable species include good populations of western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, bongos, forest buffaloes and red river hogs.
Giant trees of up to 50m high tower over the surrounding gallery forests and drip with orchids, fruit, flowers and fungi.
Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, is across the Congo River from Kinshasa, the capital city of the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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Travel diary: The Living Forest
Photo gallery: Things You Will Find in the Forest
Educational: Get to know your gorillas