The congo - deepest, darkest, magical Africa at its very best! Venture into the Central African rainforest and into the lives of the secretive creatures that live there. Only accessible by air, boat and on foot, this is an off the beaten track adventurers dream come true. A philanthropic journey like no other, this safari supports a frontier reserve that funds fascinating research projects and protects vast swathes of land, through ecotourism. Explore the rainforest side by side with wildlife researchers and get closer than ever before to Africa's most elusive animal - the pangolin.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1: Arrival - Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
From bustling Brazzaville, your charter flight will trasport you to the remote, Odzala-Kokoua National Park where you will transfer the rest of the way by vehicle to Ngaga camp. Meet the gorilla research team to discuss the following days plan to trek gorillas and settle into your new surrounds, listening to all those forest sounds.
Day 2 & 3: Ngaga Camp
Morning excursions at Ngaga centre on Western Lowland Gorilla tracking, as you head out into the forests to find them with expert guides and trackers. A midday rest is followed by further excursions into the forest for bird watching, a walk to discover the forest life or enjoy a river sundowner. Night walks are exhilarating, giving you the opportunity to view the more secretive noctural animals.
Days 4 & 5: Lango Camp
Today you transfer by road through the reserve and Mbomo village (get a glimpse of local Sunday village life!) towards Lango Camp. Enjoy lunch at Mboko camp along the way, before travelling the rest of the way via a kayak on the Lekoli River. Spend the next few days exploring the area on a discovery baï (wet) walk, forest (dry) walks, bird watching, and sundowners.
Day 6: Mboko Camp
Start your morning with a guided wet walk through the baï and a delicious breakfast overlooking the baï. From here, enjoy a scenic drive through the forest, followed by a short walk along a wooden path amidst the trees to get to Mboko Camp. Lunch will be followed by afternoon relaxation or a walk through the forest followed by a river cruise.
Days 7-10: Sangha Lodge, Central African Republic
Onwards on your Congo Basin adventure this morning to the Central African Republic. Departing from Mboko camp, fly to Kabo Airstrip (40mins) where you will transfer to nearby boats and begin the 4 to 6-hour boat journey up the Sangha River, taking you through the Sangha Tri National Special Reserve. Arrive at Sangha Lodge nestled along the Sangha River in time for lunch. Enjoy three full days of activities at Sangha Lodge including;
Days 11 & 12: Mboko Lodge & Departure - Brazzaville
After breakfast at the lodge, you will journey 4 to 6-hours by boat back down the Sangha River via Bayanga to Kabo Airstrip, where you will fly back to Mboko Airstrip. Enjoy an afternoon guided forest walk followed by sundowners on the Lekoli River. Spend your last night in the Congo at Mboko Camp. Early the next morning, you will fly back to Brazaville, where you can connect with onward international flights home.
This Impact Safari experience includes:
Spend time with them in the field with researchers as they monitor Western Lowland Gorillas. Observe wildlife from a research platform overlooking a remote Baï. Learn about medical plants on a walk with the local Ba’Aka community. Meet a pangolin research team and learn more about the protection of these secretive animals within the Congo Basin.
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!