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Republic of Congo & Central African Republic

March 2023

Pre-Booking

Gorilla Trek & Safari

We start our journey in the Republic of the Congo, also called Congo-Brazzaville, is a central African nation with rainforest reserves that are habitats for gorillas. Its capital city, Brazzaville, lies across the Congo River from Kinshasa, the capital of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brazzaville's highlights include traditional craft markets and great views of the mighty Congo River. Enter into the steamy jungles hiding half of the world's lowland gorillas, masses of forest elephants and hooting, swinging troops of chimpanzees.
Then continue on to the Central African Republic. The CAR is a landlocked country in the center of Africa. The capital city is Bangui, founded as a French trading post in 1889, sprawls on the banks of the Ubangi River. The earliest inhabitants were the probable ancestors of today’s Aka (Pygmy) peoples, who live in the western and southern forested regions of the country. This is a country of staggering rare natural beauty and one of the best places in Africa for encounters with huge forest elephants and western lowland gorillas. This might not be a tour for everyone but if it speaks to you we know it speaks very loudly!

 

Signature Moments

  • Explore one of the wildest areas in the world
  • Come face to face with the endangered Western Lowland Gorilla
  • Launch on a truly immersive experience
  • Journey somewhere so few have the chance to see
  • Embark on a true adventure you will never forget
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport assistance and transfers
  • All meals
  • Internal charter flights
  • Gorilla Trekking permits
  • Park Concession fees
  • Road & boat transfers
  • Medical evacuation coverage
  • Letter of invitation for visa application
  • Gratuities
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club tour host
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Day 1
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Welcome to the Republic of Congo!

Upon arrival at the Brazzaville International airport today you will be met by a local guid. We will then continue on to our private charter flight to Odzala. Once in Odzala we will transfer to Ngaga Camp, our home for the next 3 nights.

Originally founded as a centre for primate research and a pilot gorilla tourism project, Ngaga Camp is located outside the park boundary in the Ndzehe concession, overlooking a canopy of primary forest above a forest stream, Ngaga Camp is situated within the overlapping home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, three of which are habituated. Ngaga Camp is a focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters Ngaga Camp’s unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet, mosquito net and fans.
Accommodations: Ngaga Camp

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Odzala National Park

This morning we will head out on our first gorilla trek and to explore Odzala National Park. Ngaga Camp is home to a Western Lowland Gorilla research team who has spent the past few decades in the forest navigating its trails and understanding its rhythms. Guests come here to share in their knowledge and experience this intact rainforest.
Accommodations: Ngaga Camp

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Odzala National Park

Today we continue to explore Odzala National Park. While gorilla trekking is the star of the show there is so much more to see and learn. Forest walks, night walks, night drives and more will give us a indepth look into this wild and beautiful national park.
Accommodations: Ngaga Camp

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Lango

Today we transfer by land to Mboko Camp and then kayak on Lekoli river to Lango Camp. Lango Baï is home to Lango Camp in the natural, swampy clearing in the forest with large deposits of minerals - a magnetic attraction for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo by day and forest elephants by night.

The six guest chalets have been strategically placed on the edge of Lango Baï with views out onto the open baï, one of the most arresting views of any camp in Africa. Lango’s strategic location allows for easy access to a variety of converging habitats. A real highlight of your stay at Lango is the chance to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat, traditional pirogue, or even kayak. Lango is also one of the few places in Africa where you can safely explore streams and marshes on foot – a truly immersive experience!
Accommodations: Lango Camp

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Lango

Time at Lango Camp is about getting up close with nature, walking in the footsteps of elephants on well-worn trails through streams, baïs and forests. Get in touch with this pristine landscape by getting wet and muddy on foot, or seek drier adventures in the forests that surround the bai.
Accommodations: Lango Camp

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Lango

Explore the baï, Lekoli River and surrounding areas with long and short walks through the various biomes. Prepare to get a little wet, a little muddy and have an adventure as we explore in the footsteps of great explorers and unearth the history and heritage of the area.
Accommodations: Lango Camp

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Mboko

Enjoy a morning walk to the bai for breakfast. This afternoon we will walk and boat back to Mboko Camp. The combination of wide-open grasslands dotted with architectural termite mounds, gently flowing rivers and towering forests result in a kind of magical calm. The peace of this location washes over you, leaving you open to receive what the forest wants to share with you.

With a variety of habitats to explore on foot, by vehicle and by boat, each day holds a new adventure. Located inside Odzala-Kokoua National Park and the closest of the camps to the private airstrip. Mboko Camp features ten guest cabins, each set within along the Lekoli River amidst the lush green forest-line of the savannah, creating lovely privacy. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet and mosquito net. Embrace the tranquillity of the river babbling past and the freedom of open plains as thunder storms dance along the horizon.
Accommodations: Mboko Camp

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Central African Republic

Today we take a private charter flight from Odzala to Kabo airstrip in Northern Congo. Then we road tranfer to boats and journey 4 to 6 hours on the Sangha River through the Sangha Special Reserve. We will clear customs at Bayanga.

Sangha Lodge is at the central heart of the African continent 5 kilometers outside of the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve. Discover wildlife as you have never seen it before at Dzanga Baï and explore ancient forests of untamed majesty. The river, birding, wildlife, research and forest experiences are dynamic and engaging as are the cultural opportunities to spend time with the Ba'Aka people. Seven bungalows, with an eighth being constructed, offer a simple, comfortable stay with en-suite bathroom, mosquito net, European power points overlooking the river or forest. The dining room offers simple delicious fare as well as a well-stocked bar with a spacious deck overlooking the Sangha River and protected region.
Accommodations: Sangha Lodge

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Dzanga Bai

We will transfer by vehicle and then walk to Dzanga Bai. Dzanga Bai is large mineral rich clearing in the middle of the rain forest where forest elephants gather in large numbers to indulge in drinking the mineral rich waters that bubble up in places in this Bai. The interaction between so many different groups of Forest elephants ensure that no one can ever get bored at this place, while the possibility of some of the other normally shy forest creature like Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Red River Hog, Sitatunga and Forest Buffalos visiting the Bai keep us alert. We will enjoy a packed lunch on an observation platform overlooking the bai.
Accommodations: Sangha Lodge

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Dzanga-Sangha

This morning we enjoy a forest walk and learn about net hunting from the Ba'Aka community. It the afternoon we will join pangolin researchers for a forest walk and sundowners.
Accommodations: Sangha Lodge

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Dzanga-Sangha

This morning we will embark on a boat trip to a forest walk through the "Valley of the Giants". In the afternoon we will hike to the waterfalls.
Accommodations: Sangha Lodge

Day 12
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this amazing and beautiful destination. We will have a charter flight from Kabo to Brazzaville for our international flight home.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Double Occupancy - TBA

Single Occupancy - TBA

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of TBA
Final Payment due - TBA

*Any payments are non-refundable after their due date. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

Please note that if travel restrictions related to Covid-19 affect our tour travel plans, do not worry. We will reschedule our trip, free of any additional costs, for as many times as needed on future dates until travel can safely take place. It is also important to note that all our tours comply with the utmost standards of safety and hygiene protocols to ensure your well being during your visit.

 

Activity Level

Moderate - High Activity
This tour contains a moderate amount of hiking and trekking on uneven and natural ground. You should be comfortable with both land and water activities in a wilderness setting.

 

Important Note

Human diseases can be passed to primates. In extreme circumstances, if you are sick you may not be able to participate in the Gorilla Trekking.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 4 ladies
Maximum - 6 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity on meals not included or personal expenses
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Due to the remoteness of this tour we recommend that the Women's Travel Club book your international flights. It will be best to have all the travelers on the same flights. Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Maya Maya airport, Brazzaville
Depart from Maya Maya airport, Brazzaville

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required that has evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic - Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp

Originally founded as a centre for primate research and a pilot gorilla tourism project, Ngaga Camp is located outside the park boundary in the Ndzehe concession, overlooking a canopy of primary forest above a forest stream, Ngaga Camp is situated within the overlapping home ranges of several groups of western lowland gorillas, three of which are habituated.
Ngaga Camp is a focal point for world-class research as well as unforgettable primate encounters
Ngaga Camp’s unique design evokes the fun and mystery of childhood treehouses. From the six elevated guest rooms, wraparound walkways allow you to peer directly into the forest canopy. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet, mosquito net and fans.

Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic -
Lango Camp

Lango Baï is home to Lango Camp in the natural, swampy clearing in the forest with large deposits of minerals - a magnetic attraction for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo by day and forest elephants by night. The six guest chalets have been strategically placed on the edge of Lango Baï with views out onto the open baï, one of the most arresting views of any camp in Africa. Lango’s strategic location allows for easy access to a variety of converging habitats. A real highlight of your stay at Lango is the chance to explore the Lekoli and Mambili Rivers by motorboat, traditional pirogue, or even kayak. Lango is also one of the few places in Africa where you can safely explore streams and marshes on foot – a truly immersive experience!

Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Mboko Camp

The combination of wide-open grasslands dotted with architectural termite mounds, gently flowing rivers and towering forests result in a kind of magical calm. The peace of this location washes over you, leaving you open to receive what the forest wants to share with you. With a variety of habitats to explore on foot, by vehicle and by boat, each day holds a new adventure. Located inside Odzala-Kokoua National Park and the closest of the camps to the private airstrip. Mboko Camp features ten guest cabins, each set within along the Lekoli River amidst the lush green forest-line of the savannah, creating lovely privacy. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet and mosquito net. Embrace the tranquillity of the river babbling past and the freedom of open plains as thunder storms dance along the horizon.

Women's Travel Club Republic of Congo & Central Africa Republic
Sangha Lodge

Sangha Lodge is at the central heart of the African continent 5 kilometers outside of the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve. Discover wildlife as you have never seen it before at Dzanga Baï and explore ancient forests of untamed majesty. The river, birding, wildlife, research and forest experiences are dynamic and engaging as are the cultural opportunities to spend time with the Ba'Aka people. Seven bungalows, with an eighth being constructed, offer a simple, comfortable stay with en-suite bathroom, mosquito net, European power points overlooking the river or forest. The dining room offers simple delicious fare as well as a well-stocked bar with a spacious deck overlooking the Sangha River and protected region.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request