Why Congo? An impenetrable jungle, picture a vision of tropical rain forests and magical creatures that inhabit this remote African wilderness. On the forest floor, follow the dirt tracks as they wind their way through a dense undergrowth.
~ 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.
~ 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
Located on the equator, Congo's temperatures vary little all year round and seasons are divided into green and dry season. Migratory birds are present from June to August, making sightings excellent in both the rainforest and savanna.
Mar - Apr, Oct - Dec
Humidity is high and the air is clearer, with the short and long green seasons more rainfall is experienced. Daytime temperatures are warmer, averaging around a minimum of 23 to 33 degrees during April. Water levels rise on the Lekoli River.
May - Sep, Jan - Feb
Rain is limited in these months bringing a hazy appearance, humidity is low and daytime temperatures are generally cooler, averaging a minimum of 20 to 29 degrees in July. The Lekoli River water levels have dropped and photography conditions are overcast.
Magnificent tropical rainforests, raw beauty, intriguing mystery and a home to various primate species. Trek through the forest undergrowth in search of forest elephants.
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.
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.