Housed in the seemingly endless Congo Basin is a tropical rainforest so expansive that it is seen as the earth’s second lung after the Amazon. Within the heart of this deep, dark and dense natural paradise, travellers will find the nearly 1,350,000ha Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This is a place of stunning biological diversity and is home to the mighty western lowland gorilla.
The numerous habitats of Odzala – dense forest, wide open savannahs, winding rivers and forest bais – are teeming with diverse wildlife: an astonishing 400 bird species and 114 mammal species. The best place to view wildlife though is the forest bais – swampy areas which contain a rich concoction of minerals and salt, as well as water and sweet grass. The park’s main draw is undeniably its two habituated troops of gorilla that visitors can track and get close to.
Odzala is located in the northwestern part of the Republic of Congo and can be reached by taking a plane from the Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville. There are only two camps in the area: the Ngaga Camp which is the base from which the western lowland gorilla is tracked, and the Lango Camp which is situated on the edge of a bai.