Wet season (March – May and September – November)
Congo lies on the equator, which means that temperatures vary very little year round. There are two rainy seasons, and two drier seasons
Dry season (December – February and June – September)
Limited rainfall can make the air relatively hazy, but humidity levels are lower than they are during the wet seasons. The bountiful ripe fruits mean that gorillas often feed in the trees, allowing for easier sightings and interesting opportunities to observe behavior and interactions.
Guests are welcome to stay at one of the park’s three camps, all of which offer a unique, life-changing opportunity to visit the forests of the Congo Basin in safety and comfort. Few people ever get the chance to visit this part of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), which lies close to the geographical “Heart of Africa”, and it is a near-mythical place of astounding biodiversity and beauty.
Guests at the camps experience the ultimate safari adventure and are able to explore the towering forests, crystal-clear streams and expansive open savannah of the region while tracking western lowland gorillas through pristine rainforest, enjoying grasslands and waterways, and sighting unique birds and wildlife
A beautiful six-roomed camp nestled in dense gallery forest overlooking the productive Lango Baie; this site is within access to the Lekoli River and the surrounding savannah.
A delightful camp consisting of six rooms, Ngaga rests in a glade in the primary forest above the Ngaga Stream. Several groups of western lowland gorillas can be sighted in the area.
The largest of the camps, Mboko has 12 guest rooms, which extend along the banks of a free-flowing tributary of the Lekoli River.
Gorillas and humans are closely related, which makes them susceptible to many of the same diseases, particularly respiratory infections. To minimise any risks, we request that guests provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against measles and polio. We also require evidence that visitors are free of any active tuberculosis infections. Evidence of this can be provided via an updated vaccination card (in English or French) and a letter from a doctor (in English or French) on an official clinic or hospital letterhead with a valid official stamp stating you are free from tuberculosis. A yellow fever vaccination is also a prerequisite for entry into Congo.
Odzala-Kokoua is a malaria area and it is advised that visitors take recommended prophylaxis medication prescribed by a doctor. While on anti-malarial medication it is still recommended that the necessary precautions be taken to avoid getting bitten (using insect repellents, as well as wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evenings and mornings).
Tsetse flies can be a problem in certain parts of the park. Tsetse flies tend to be attracted to dark colours so it is advisable that visitors wear khaki and lighter colours and make use of insect repellents.
We advise against drinking tap water. Guests should rather consume bottled or filtered water, which is provided by the camps.
French is the official language of the Republic of Congo.
Visas must be obtained in advance, along with a letter of invitation.
The currency is the Central African Franc (CAF) and can be obtained from the airport, or from ATMs at local banks in the capital, Brazzaville. Please note that credit cards are not widely accepted.
Odzala can be reached either by road or by air from Brazzaville. All visitors to Odzala are required to first visit Brazzaville to complete immigration and customs formalities. Clients are required to obtain a letter of invitation (LOI) well in advance of their travels to the Congo. Congo Conservation Company assists guests with this important document.
From Brazzaville, there are several options, including self-driving (this option is for people who live and own a car in the Congo. If you are interested in this option please contact us to find out more, or we can arrange a transfer, booking your flight on EC Air to Ollombo (Friday and Sunday departures only). ECAir flies a Boeing 737 aircraft to Ollombo, which takes about 40 minutes. Guests are welcome to check in 2 X 23kg bags as well as one 8kg bag as a carry-on. Please note that guests are often required to weigh their carry-on before entering security.
A transfer in new 26-seat Toyota Coaster bus is provided to the Etoumbi Hotel, where guests overnight in a comfortable CCC-operated facility before crossing the Likouala-Mossaka River by pontoon barge and then on to the camps. The pontoon barge at Etoumbi showcases the locals’ ingenuity in getting vehicles across the river.
Private charter planes are available at an extra cost.