Gorilla trekking Safaris in Congo
The Republic of Congo is one of those destinations that not many people know about, yet it offers so much for the adventurous traveler. Head deep into the central African rainforest in search of forest adapted animals including chimpanzees, forest elephants and buffalo, incredible birdlife and of course lowland gorillas. Tourism has been taking off in the Republic of Congo with the partnership between African Parks and the Congo Conservation Company who have set up luxury camps in key areas of the country.
A safari to the Republic of Congo and CAR have been off limits for sometime, but after a lot of hard work and perseverance, the area is slowly opening up to a few adventurous explorers wanting to track lowland gorillas, forest elephants and buffalo and experience Africa’s answer to the Amazon. The tropical jungle that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean as far north as the Sahara Desert are home to some of the most diverse animals on the planet. Very few tourists make it this far which makes this destination even more rewarding.
The Congo jungle Basin is home to the greatest number of mammals, primates, birds and other animals in Africa, including some of the last remaining lowland gorillas. Smaller and more agile than mountain gorillas, Lowland gorillas live in the dense forest of Central Africa, but thanks to years of research, there are a few habituated families that allow small groups of tourists to spend an hour with them as they go about their daily lives. To limit the impact on their lives, groups are restricted to a maximum of 6 people and limited to 1 hour a day.
Aside from lowland gorilla tracking, the Congo and Central African Republic are home to over 1000 species of birds, making it a birders paradise. Explorers to the Odzala-Kokoua and Dzanga-Sangha National Parks explore the huge wetlands and tropical forests on foot and by boat. One of the highlights is spending time at the different forest bais, which are clearings in the jungle that attract herds of forest elephants, forest buffalo and other animals that come to get their mineral fix, from the mineral rich waterholes in the clearings.
These regions of Africa have largely been off limits to tourists, but thanks to the conservation efforts of a few individuals, these areas still remain true wildernesses with thriving wildlife. By visiting these off the beaten track destinations you are contributing to ongoing conservation efforts and so be one of few explorers that get to experience true wilderness in the Congo and Central African Republic.