Destinations

Congo

A safari in the Congo presents a rare opportunity for the modern traveller – the privilege and thrill of observing one of our closest relatives in the wild and exploring a thriving rainforest ecosystem, both of which create an aura of adventure and discovery.

The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) is a central African gem with seemingly endless pristine tropical forest and fingers of moist savannah covering its interior.

The northern rainforests in the heart of the Congo Basin comprise the world’s second-largest expanse of tropical rainforest. The mighty Congo and other large rivers drain this basin and provide a means of exploration through dense forests and access to remote national parks where endemic wildlife flourishes and traditional cultures persist.

We focus our safaris on Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the country's remote northwest, one of Africa's oldest national parks and an integral part of the Congo Basin overlapping Gabon, Congo and Central African Republic. Bais are grassy open areas dotted across the rainforest and offer a rare chance to catch a glimpse beyond the ‘green curtain’ into the lives of forest dwellers. Various mammal species come to the bais on a regular basis in order to access vital elements such as water, minerals and salts, sedges and water-loving grasses.

Most notably, Odzala is one of the best places in Africa to get up close and personal to western lowland gorillas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hyenas are portrayed as scavengers and will do so when given the opportunity. However, they are also accomplished hunters and obtain up to 75 per cent of their food from their own kills. In the Kruger National Park in South Africa they kill 50 per cent of their own prey and in the Kalahari in Botswana they kill up to 80 per cent. They detect carcasses by smell from as far as four kilometres away.

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