Discover ‘The Village of Elephants’ and a world of great apes
deep in the ancient forests of the Congo basin…
Choose from 1 specialist tours
- Forest Elephant
- Western Lowland Gorilla
- Red river hog
- Giant forest hog
- Red-cheeked rope Squirrel
- De Brazza’s Monkey
- Grey-cheeked Mangabey
- Blue Duiker
- Black & White Colobus
- Congolese clawless Otter
- African forest buffalo
- African Grey Parrot
- Dzanga Forest Robin
- Pied Hornbill
- Olive-bellied Sunbird
- Superb Sunbird
- Rufus Flycatcher
- Great Blue Turaco
- Emerald Cuckoo
Congo & Central African Republic (CAR)
The great rainforests of Central Africa’s Congo basin are one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.
Containing approximately 400 mammal species; 1,000 bird species; and 700 species of fish, the swamps, forest clearings, savannahs, and lush jungles are perfectly suited to ambitious travellers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The forests have also been inhabited by humans for 50,000 years. Our tours give you the opportunity to travel with local Ba’Aka guides whose intimate knowledge of the region’s flora and fauna ensure that you will experience all the richness of the forest.
This is travel at its most intense and a journey like no other.
- Spend restful days at the world famous Dzanga Bai, the “Village of the Elephants”, a magical clearing in the forest where elephants congregate en mass to socialise and take in vital nutrients. Impressive bird life and an array of forest mammals are also highlights.
- Witness the extraordinary and remote Mbeli Bai forest clearing from a raised platform, where up to 150 unhabituated Western Lowland Gorillas regularly visit to feed and socialise.
- Visit the nesting site of the extremely rare Red-necked Picathartes, only a few kilometres from your camp.
- Observe groups of Western Lowland Gorillas at Bai Hokou, coming close to the powerful silverbacks and playful infants.
- Take guided walks though one of the world’s most iconic ecosystems.
- Learn about the region’s fauna and flora from resident researchers and the local Ba’Aka guides.
- Take pirogue (dug-out canoe) trips along the Sangha River and its many tributaries and marvel at the quantity and diversity of the butterflies.
- Spotlight around your forest camp and from boats to find some of the more unusual nocturnal species, such as Galago, Potto, Genet, Civet, Golden Cat, Hammer-headed Bat and a several owl species.
- Take an optional journey into the forest with the Ba’Aka to camp overnight. The music and dancing that you will experience here is something that few westerners will ever see. All monies from this activity go directly to the Ba’Aka to help with their education and health issues.
- Take an evening sundowner cruise up river from our lodge. Once at the head of the river, the motor is turned off and we will drift slowly back to camp, watching the forest sunset as we enjoy a gin and tonic or a beer.
- Travel with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced wildlife guides in the business, and benefit from their years of experience in providing logistical support and tourism planning in the region.
- Visit WWF and WCS research stations and learn about their important conservation work in the region.
- Stay at comfortable forest lodges with good food, hot water, and ensuite facilities.
- The wet season lasts from March to June, although tours run year-round.
- Days tend to be hot and extremely humid with heavy downpours during the afternoons.
- Most of the main rivers experience seasonal flooding.
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