It’s a GOrilla for conscious travellers

“You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla” – African proverb

Traverse the pristine terrain of the CongoBasin with the Congo Conservation Company (CCC) connecting with their ethos of discovering, exploring, learning and becoming a guardian of the forest – one of the world’s last intact ecosystems.

Lace up your walking shoes and walk through the heart of the rainforest in Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Dzanga-SanghaSpecial Reserve, admiring the rivers, baïs and savanna along your journey. You’ll follow your experienced guide as he seeks out signs of gorilla, chimpanzee and other primates, learning as you go about the rich biodiversity that this rain forest sanctuary supports.

Discover how the communities and landscapes of the Congo are preserved through the efforts of Congo Conservation Company whose mission of minimal impact tourism ventures ensures this pristine natural habitat is protected from other, potentially damaging commercial enterprises.  

Beyond the beauty of the rainforest is the incredible opportunity to embark on a western lowland gorilla tracking experience through the Congo Basin. Each journey is developed according to specific research and conservation principles, ensuring that there is no physical engagement with the gorilla families you encounter along the way.

Watch in absolute awe and silence as they socialise with each other; your guide will share later the special nuances of what you’ve just witnessed. You’ll have an opportunity to engage with the primate researchers who gladly share their in-depth knowledge with guests, ensuring an even more enriching encounter with this extraordinary wilderness.

Each of Congo Conservation Company’s extraordinary camps offer a unique perspective within the Congo Basin, from the quality time spent with researchers at Ngaga Camp to the beauty of the baï atSangha Lodge:

–       NGAGA CAMP (Ndzehi Concession)

A focal point for world-class primate research, as well as unforgettable primate encounters, Ngaga Camp overlooks a canopy of primary forest. The unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses, with wraparound walkways to gaze directly into the forest.

Activities: Ngaga Camp is home to the western lowland gorilla research team who has spent the past few decades in the forest navigating its trails and understanding its rhythms. Guests come here to share in their knowledge and experience this intact rainforest. Forest walks, night walks, night drives and more are available.

–       SANGHA LODGE (Dzanga-Sangha SpecialReserve)

Discover ancient forests and wild life as never before seen at Dzanga Baï. Explore this incredible region with engaging experiences, before enjoying sundowners on the stunning star deck.Sangha is an inspiring destination, and its mysteries will leave your senses heightened.

Activities:Experience the elusive forest elephant congregating and observe their social behaviour and interactions. Spend time with the Ba’Aka net hunting, walkthrough the Valley of Giants, explore hidden waterfalls, kayak down the SanghaRiver and learn about conservation efforts, including the Sangha PangolinProject.

–       LANGO CAMP (Odzala-Kokoua NationalPark)

Lango Camp, on the edge of Lango Baï, offers one of the most arresting views inAfrica. A magnetic attraction for huge flocks of green pigeons and African grey parrots as well as herds of forest buffalo and forest elephants, wraparound walkways and elevated chalets maximise the views.

Activities:Explore the baï, Lekoli River and surrounding areas with long and short walks through the various biomes. Prepare to get a little wet, a little muddy and have an adventure as you unearth the history and heritage of the area.

–       MBOKO CAMP (Odzala-Kokoua NationalPark)

The combination of wide-open grasslands, gentle rivers and towering forests result in a place of peace andadventure, in equal measure. Explore on foot, by vehicle and by boat.

Activities: Mboko Camp is the home of adventure. The activities here are a combination of walking, boating and kayaking through some of the Congo Basin’s most beautiful habitats. Short drives may be required between experiences.

“When you realise the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future” – Dian Fossey

Resources: https://congoconservation.travel/

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