Odzala is the prime spot to see Western Lowland Gorilla and protects the largest population of these iconic apes in the world.
Lying near the Gabon border this 13,546km2 National Park takes up much of the north-west corner of Congo-Brazzaville. Proclaimed in 1935 and subsequently expanded, Odzala is critical in protecting one of the last contiguous tranches of primary rainforest large enough to support viable populations of large mammals.
From a wildlife-watching perspective Odzala is unique in that within its vast area there are numerous clearings amongst the dense jungle and these savannah like settings offer excellent and uncomplicated mammal and bird viewing opportunities.
Highlights include the critically endangered Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Western Sitatunga, Giant Forest Hog and seventeen species of primate including Gorilla and Chimpanzee. Among the 430 species of birds recorded African Grey Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Great Blue Turaco and Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill are all seen regularly.
Being a rainforest it can be wet - rain falls on average 112 days of the year and the region receives over 1500mm of rain per annum. The driest months are January, June, July and August.
Odzala is currently receiving the support of the African Parks who provide logistical support protecting this remote national park which help make it a safe and incredibly rewarding place to visit.