Republic of the Congo

 ​Republic of the Congo & Rwanda

"Gorilla Expedition"

11 Nights / 12 Days

"Discover Odzala Safari"

Selection of three safari options.

There are two species of gorilla found in Africa: the Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) and the Eastern Gorilla (Gorilla beringei). 
The Eastern Gorilla consists of two subspecies: the well-known Mountain Gorilla (G. b. beringei) of Uganda and Rwanda, and the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (G. b. graueri) of the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both of these subspecies are considered Endangered.
The Western Gorilla also consists of two subspecies: the Western Lowland Gorilla (G. g. gorilla) principally of Congo (Brazzaville) and Gabon, and the little known Cross River Gorilla (G. g. diehli) of the border region between Cameroon and Nigeria. Both of these subspecies are considered Critically Endangered as a result of commercial bushmeat hunting, disease epidemics and habitat loss. The very slow rate of reproduction exacerbates this situation.

Western Lowland Gorillas in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Deep in the rainforest of the Republic of the Congo is one of the last refuges of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla. The opportunity to track and view these great apes, combined with the exploration of a remote, thriving and unspoiled ecosystem, is the Odzala experience.
Explore a thriving rainforest ecosystem, track and view habituated western gorilla groups, walk along dappled paths through the forest, watch for wildlife coming down to drink at a forest bai (marshy clearings rich in minerals, a magnet for animals and birds).

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Lowland & Mountain Gorilla Safari 

Walk in the footsteps of famous female primatologists as you explore two of the oldest national parks in Africa. Track habituated western lowland gorillas in the steamy rainforests of the Republic of Congo before ascending Rwanda’s mist-shrouded volcanic peaks in search of habituated mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. This safari gives you a unique opportunity to observe two of humankind’s closest relatives in their natural habitats, and to understand how conservation and research efforts are helping save these iconic primates and the remote forest environments they depend upon for their survival.

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Gorilla Trekking