Itineraries for Congo

Primate and Rainforest Adventure
Deep in the Republic of the Congo's tropical rainforests lies a remote National Park with the greatest density of lowland gorilla in the world! Trek on foot to see these gentle giants and observe their unique behaviour...
7 nights / 8 days • from US$ 9,500 per person
Days 1, 2 & 3. Ngaga Camp, Odzala

Depart Brazzaville by charter flight followed by a nature drive to Ngaga Camp, a private concession just outside Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Each platform raised room with en-suite facilities takes inspiration from the local Baka tribe's homes and is a combination of timber, woven palm leaf roofing and canvas.

Each morning set off with skilled trackers and guides into the Marantaceae forest, the ginger like food of the gorilla. Quietly observe busy gorillas as they feed, climb trees, play and cavort before enjoying other species this wildlife rich forest offers. More than 8 other diurnal primates can be seen while at night, the diminutive elegant needle-clawed bushbaby can be seen.

Days 4 & 5. Lango Camp, Odzala

Depart camp for a nature drive through forest and savanna to Lango Camp, on the edge of a salty Bai, which attracts animals from miles around. Lango is similar to Ngaga however is raised on plaforms and look out onto the Bai. Explorations on game drives, boat cruises, kayaking and nature walks uncover a multitude of diverse forest inhabitants.

Rare seen golden cat, bongo, sitatunga and giant forest hog are found here, as well as forest buffalo and elephant. Encounter wild gorilla, colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and three different types of crocodile. Lango is a unique safari experience with a daunting variety of wildlife and is a must do for safari enthusiasts.

Days 6 & 7. Mboko Camp, Odzala

Transfer via nature drive to Mboko Camp along the banks of a free-flowing tributary of the Lekoli River. Situated in an area of lush meadow-like savannah, frequented by forest buffalo, forest elephant and spotted hyaena, Mboko gives a sense of the scale of Odzala while also allowing you to focus on some of the smaller details: flowers and butterflies (depending on the season) can be seen in profusion.

Mboko Camp, offers visitors breath-taking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and grassland savannah where hundreds of towering termite mounds help create an otherworldly experience.

Recommended Extension: Central African Republic

Sangha Lodge, with its 7 bungalows is situated in the heart of the Congo Rainforest in the Dzanga Sangha Protected area in the Central African Republic. The lodge has easy access to the iconic Dzanga Bai, habituated lowland gorillas and thousands of square kilometres of rainforest wilderness.

Activities include Ba’Aka cultural activities (net hunting, hut building, and medicinal plant gathering), sundowner cruises, night walks, waterfall hikes, bird watching and lowland gorilla tracking. The lodge has become famous for their pioneering work on pangolins and have a project that researches two species of pangolins.

Gorillas and Active Volcanoes
Africa's oldest national park and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, Virunga in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is also home to a portion of Africa's remaining critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as one of the most important conservation...
5 nights / 6 days • from US$ 3,000 per person
Day 1. Mikeno Lodge, Rumangabo Park HQ

Mikeno Lodge is tucked into a forested hillside at Virunga National Park Headquarters and the perfect base in the park. The lodge is perfectly situated between three major attractions in Virunga National Park, and is only one and a half hours from Goma. 

There is an abundance of bird life, as well as resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons. Chimpanzees are also frequent visitors to the area. The Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Center and the Congo Hounds antipoaching project is located adjacent to Mikeno Lodge.

Day 2 and 3. Bukima Tented Camp

After an early breakfast at Mikeno, set off for the first gorilla trek at Bukima Ranger Post to meet the ranger guides and porters. Treks usually require one to three hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Bukima.

Located a stone's throw from the starting point for mountain gorilla treks in Virunga, Bukima Tented Camp has phenomenal views of Mount Mikeno and Mount Nyiragongo. Next morning embark on the second gorilla trek. Upon return, quick lunch will be served at Bukima before being transported back to Mikeno Lodge.

Day 4. Mikeno Lodge, Rumangabo Park HQ

This is a day to relax, explore and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Mikeno Lodge. Visit the Rumangabo Widows sewing workshop, run by fallen Virunga Rangers' widows or explore Rumangabo’s several nature trails, go bird watching or pay a visit to Virunga’s Congohounds.

Day 5. Mount Nyiragongo

After breakfast at Mikeno, transfer by road to the Kibati Ranger Post, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. On arrival at Kibati, receive a briefing and have the opportunity to hire porters. The climb up the volcano takes around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.

Early in the morning the following day, leave the crater rim and start the descent back to Kibati. Average descent time is four hours. Once at the bottom, road transfer back to Goma with drop-off at the Grande Barriere border crossing between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

Recommended Extension: Akagera National Park

Magashi Camp is situated in the north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park in the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp and grassy mountains – home to large pods of hippo and more than 520 bird species. Akagera boasts a healthy population of lion which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017.

The only exclusive-use area in Akagera also harbours a good density of leopard. Six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.

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