~This Central African country is home to one of the world's most pristine forests, Odzala-Koukoua National Park. On the Lekoli River, photographers focus more on the contrasting colours of the forest wildlife.

~ Abundant fruits, when in season, make for varied wildlife movements spreading far and wide. The Congo River, previously known as the Zaire River is the second largest river next to the Amazon. The Congo basin in its entirety makes up at least thirteen percent of Africa’s total land mass.

~ There are 16 known primate species in Odzala, with the western lowland gorilla being the main attraction, and have been studied by the Wildlife Conservation society since 2006.

~ The effects of hunting and deforestation on their habitat has notably decreased gorilla numbers. The lowland gorilla's are under threat of being endangered, with the help of African Parks, we can help to preserve these beautiful creatures through tourism and conservation.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The four seasons are divided into a short and long green season, days are humid when rainfall occurs and temperatures are higher. The two drier seasons, where daytime temperatures are cooler and days are hazy. During dry season many of the trees are in fruit, making this prime time for viewing and sighting the lowland gorilla.
Green season brings a spectacular show of thunderstorms, the contrast of colour illuminates across the sky and perfect conditions for photography. Resident birdlife is at its best in green season especially for the likes of the vermiculated fishing owl, black collared lovebird and the guinea turaco.

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Congo is best described as one of Africa’s hidden secrets and a far cry from the overland days back in the early 90’s, where dirt tracks were main roads. The Congo basin is home to the worlds second largest tropical rainforest and the rivers Sangha, Mambili and Congo.
These huge masses of moving water enable access to the remote national park of Odzala-Koukoua. Brazzaville the capital city lies along the expansive Congo river and was named after the French-Italian explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.
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Dense forests, lowland gorillas, rivers and swampy marshes.

In the isolated north western part of the country is Ozdala-Kokoua National Park, one the worlds oldest tropical rainforests. Charistic with its swampy marshes, small pockets of open savanna plains, that feature a glimpse of the endangered western lowland gorilla.

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Remote, unspoilt wilderness, dense deep rainforests are only a few words that spring to mind when you think of Odzala. Situated in the region of the Congo basin, the parks habitat is vast and diverse. Thick forest vegetation covers many of the north’s smaller mountain slopes, in the west the mountainous terrain drops down to a low swampy forest. In the south, vegetation is interrupted by small pockets of savanna, that include forest like islands. Features such as the “bias” are small swampy clearings that enable wildlife to drink and feed, in an otherwise dense forest. The “bias” size can range from one to ten hectares and these clearings create a great opportunity to view forest wildlife.

Odzala-Kokoua, houses a variety of species, the main one being the endangered western lowland gorilla and has the highest density recorded in the area so far. There are 15 other species of primates that can be seen, including the guereza colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and the moustached monkey. The forest elephant and buffalo, bongo and sitatunga are a different wildlife species that you will find along the way.

The Lekoli river offers a boating experience, with interesting sightings of the red river hog. It is said to be the most beautiful hog out of all the African species. Rainforest sightings include the putty nosed monkey and forest buffalo along river’s edge.

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