Dana Allen: Western lowland gorilla, Guereza colobus monkey, Lekoli River, Gorilla tracking
Clive Dreyer: Forest elephant, Forest buffalo
Andrew Howard: Lango bai, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Lango Camp, Lekoli River, Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp rests in a glade in the heart of pristine rain forest above the Ngaga Stream, within the home ranges of several lowland gorilla groups. Located in the Ndzehi Forest...
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo
Ngaga Camp rests in a glade in the heart of pristine rainforest above the Ngaga Stream, within the home ranges of several lowland gorilla groups. Located in the Ndzehi Forest on the western boundary of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, the camp's six thatched chalets are raised on stilts with views into the surrounding canopy. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks at the crest of the glade looking into and above the primary rainforest. Camp buildings are constructed from natural materials including locally woven raffia palm panels. A star deck and fire pit are placed on a dropped deck below the main area for after-dinner relaxation while a separate deck is located at a natural swimming spot on the Ngaga Stream below camp.
Western lowland gorillas are the main wildlife focus at Ngaga Camp, and two groups are tracked on foot from the camp itself. Other primates such as crowned and moustached monkeys are also encountered in the forest, while chimpanzees are often heard and occasionally seen. Various forest duikers are common as well as some spectacular forest birds such as the very large black-casqued wattled hornbill, the great blue turaco and a host of others. Birding walks and night walks are possible for interested guests. Night walks may reveal rarely seen creatures such as the central potto, a tiny nocturnal primate, or one of the minute galago species.
Lango Camp is located within the south-central part of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, nestled in dense gallery forest overlooking the productive Lango Bai (saline marsh), with access to the...
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo
Lango Camp is located within the south-central part of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, nestled in dense gallery forest overlooking the productive Lango Bai (saline marsh), with access to the Lekoli River and the surrounding savanna. Just six individual thatched rooms urvey the bai and are constructed from natural materials such as locally woven raffia palm panels. Each has two twin beds, mosquito netting, fans, en suite bathroom with shower, flush toilet and environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos. Electricity is supplied by solar energy with a back-up generator if required. Each room has a 360-degree wraparound viewing walkway. Raised walkways wind through the forest and connect the rooms to the public areas. A star deck and fire pit are located a dropped deck overlooking the bai for after-dinner relaxation and star-gazing.
Activities from Lango Camp focus on the bai itself, nearby salines, the Lekoli River and surrounding savanna. Most activities are a combination of walking and boating, while some game drives are included. Boating on the Lekoli River is done in a variety of craft ranging from aluminium boats to motorized traditional pirogues and even kayaks, via which we explore the river’s flat waters. Forest buffalo and western sitatunga are regular visitors to the bai at any time of day, while forest elephant and spotted hyena are more typically seen after dark. Nocturnal visitors include the rare bongo, leopard and red river hog. Guereza colobus monkeys are frequently seen in camp, while harnessed bushbuck and various forest duiker species are often encountered nearby. Other primates, such as grey-cheeked mangabey and putty-nosed monkey are commonly seen, and chimpanzees are regularly heard from camp. Guests sometimes see hippo in the Lekoli River as well as two harmless species of crocodile, the slender-snouted crocodile and the African dwarf crocodile.
Located in the French-influenced downtown of Brazzaville, the capital and largest city in the Republic of the Congo, Mikhael's offers elegant contemporary accommodations in a...
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Located in the French-influenced downtown of Brazzaville, the capital and largest city in the Republic of the Congo, Mikhael's Hotel offers elegant contemporary accommodations in a boutique-style setting. The hotel's 92 rooms and suites have private balconies that overlook the swimming pool or mountains. Rooms are generously scaled, drenched in natural light and beautifully appointed with a palette of earth tones. Guests will appreciate air conditioning, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, round-the-clock-room service, 40-inch flat screen HD TV, direct-dial telephones, a large work desk, mini bar and digital safe deposit box. A pool, fitness center and spa are available for guests' recreational needs. Two restaurants and two bars offer fine and casual dining and a wide selection of cocktails and drinks.