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Congo & Principe Gorilla Safari

Days 1, 2 and 3 – Gorilla Tracking, Odzala-Kokoua National Park
On your arrival into Brazzaville you will be met at the airport and assisted with your onward 2-hour flight direct to Odzala. From Odzala it is a further 3-hour road transfer through the forests of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. When you arrive at Ngaga Camp you will get the chance to meet the gorilla research team followed by dinner. Enjoy your first night in the jungles listening to the sounds of the forest around you.

This morning is your first gorilla tracking experience. Before setting out into the forest looking for the family of gorillas, your guide and the researchers will go through a safety briefing and will explain more about the gorillas you are heading out to track. After your briefing you will head out into the forest in search of the family. Once you find the gorillas you get to spend a maximum of 1 hour with them. This is to limit the impact on their daily lives and reduce the risk of them catching infections from us.

After your gorilla tracking experience, you head back to the lodge for lunch, followed by a guided forest walk in search of birds and animals of the forest. This evening enjoy river sundowners.

Today you have your second gorilla tracking safari with the team from the lodge. Return for lunch and spend time with the gorilla research team learning more about the gorillas of Odzala. This evening head out into the forest in search of some of the nocturnal creatures of the jungle.

Day 4 – Mboko Camp
This morning you have the opportunity to track the gorillas again (at additional cost). From Ngaga you return through Mbomo Village and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park to Mboko Camp in time for lunch. After a siesta, guides take you out on the river either on kayaks or on a sundowner river cruise. Spend the night at Mboko Camp.

Day 5 – Brazzaville
From Mboko Camp you fly back to Brazzaville in time for your onward flight. Tonight, is dependent on the best flight route to get you to Sao Tome the following day.

Days 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Sao Tome & Principe
Today you fly to Sao Tome where you are met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

The following morning you get a 35-minute flight to Principe for the next 6 nights in paradise. Principe is known as the Galapagos of Africa. Towering volcanoes covered in dense rainforest flow down to deserted golden beaches and turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Spend your days exploring the island and its rich historical past of ruins and grand cacao plantations. Learn more about the environment and immerse yourself in the local culture. If this sounds too strenuous for you, then simply explore the many deserted beaches and find the perfect one to lay your towel and relax.

Between September and April turtles make their way onto the beaches to lay their eggs. After 30 days the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make their way down the beach to the ocean. Between August and September, whales and dolphins can be seen off the northeast of the island via a boat excursion.