Odzala National Park

Come and see the western lowland gorilla, African forest buffalo, and the critically endangered African forest elephant in the spectacular rainforest of Odzala National Park.

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Odzala Safaris

Odzala is the prime spot to see western lowland gorillas and protects the largest population of these iconic apes in the world.

Proclaimed in 1935 and subsequently expanded, the magnificent Congo park protects one of the last areas of primary rainforest big enough to support viable populations of large mammals.

Other animal highlights include the forest elephant, forest buffalo, western sitatunga, giant forest hog, and 17 primate species including gorillas and chimpanzees. Meanwhile, the African grey parrot, black bee-eater, and great blue turaco are among the 430 bird species recorded in Odzala.

Lying near the Gabon border, this 13,546km2 national park takes up much of the northwest corner of the Republic of the Congo. And from a wildlife-watching perspective, Odzala is unique due to the numerous clearings within the dense jungle setting. These savannah-like areas offer excellent and uncomplicated mammal and bird viewing opportunities.

Odzala is also supported by the African Parks organisation, which provides logistical assistance protecting this remote national park, making it a safe and incredibly rewarding place to visit.

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Top Reasons To Visit Odzala National Park

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Best Time To Visit Odzala National Park

As Odzala National Park is a rainforest, it can be wet. Rain falls 112 days of the year on average, with over 1500mm of rain per annum.

To avoid the downpours, visit during the driest months of January, June, July and August. Although less rainfall means the air is hazier at these times, humidity levels are lower and temperatures are slightly cooler. And while you can spot primates all year round, the dry season typically offers the best opportunities.

However, you may prefer to come to Odzala in the rainy season if birdwatching is a priority. Though do bear in mind that the rain can make roads very muddy which may make it harder to explore the deep rainforest.

Best Time To Visit Odzala National Park

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Lowland Gorillas in Odzala National Park

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

When it comes to accommodation, there’s a huge range of choice available for every budget and every trip type. For an all-encompassing experience, we recommend mixing and matching accommodation types, from light tented camps immersed in the wild to stylish luxury camps where you can kick back without missing any of the action.
Lango Camp

Time at Lango is truly about getting up close with nature, walking in the footsteps of elephants through streams, bais and forests.

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Mboko Camp

Mboko Camp’s ten double/twin rooms are set above a small tributary of the nearby Lekoli River while the main mess area overlooks a large savannah-like plain.

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Ngaga Camp

Being built on raised platforms takes you up into the canopy and makes you feel like your floating among the trees.

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Odzala National Park (FAQS) NEED TO KNOW

Am I guaranteed to see gorillas in Odzala National Park?

Wildlife is always unpredictable, so we can’t promise you’re guaranteed to see gorillas in Odzala National Park. However, the chances are as high as can be thanks to the knowledgeable guide and researcher leading your lowland gorilla trek. You’ll spend three days looking for these magical creatures, and as the team spends every single day tracking gorillas, you’re in the best possible hands if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of them.

Is Odzala National Park a suitable family destination?

This depends on how old your children are. While Odzala National Park can be a fantastic trip for teenagers , the physical activities may not be particularly suitable for younger children. This is definitely not an option if gorilla tracking is on your itinerary as children under the age of 15 can’t take part due to the increased likelihood of them passing infections on to the animals. Do get in touch if you’re unsure whether Odzala National Park is suitable for your family.

What is the accommodation like in Odzala National Park?

There are a wonderful selection of beautiful camps in Odzala National Park. Choose from Lango Camp with its incredible views, the riverside Mboko Camp, and Ngaga Camp — the perfect base for gorilla trekking. 

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