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?

The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats; the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless colour and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

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