What is the best time to travel to Odzala Discovery Camps (ODC)?
A visit to Odzala is enjoyable any time of year.
June through September, and December through February are the driest periods. During these periods the air can be relatively hazy and the humidity is lower, but rainfall during these times can still occur and be quite variable. During the wetter months, tropical rainstorms contrast with sustained periods of clear blue skies and beautiful limpid light for photography.
Do I need a visa for Congo?
Yes, you will need a visa to visit Congo. Odzala Discovery Camps (operated by the Congo Conservation Company – CCC) will provide you with a letter of invitation, which you will to present to the Embassy of the Congo nearest to you, or to the immigration authorities on arrival in Brazzaville. We advise you get your visa ahead of travelling; nevertheless, Visas on Arrival can be issued at the airport for CCC & ODC clients given advance notice.HOW TO OBTAIN A CONGOLESE VISA
When should I book my Trip?
In order to assure that you get the lodges and itineraries that you want, you should book your trip at least 3-4 months ahead of travel day for international guests, and 1 month ahead of travel day for the local guests.
How do I get to your camps?
There are 3 transfer options to our camps:
1. Bus Transfer: Our own private Air Conditioned 18 seat Coaster bus. The drive is an excellent opportunity to discover and enjoy the breathtaking Congolese landscape. The average total journey time is 14 hours from Brazzaville to camp.
2. Private Flight Transfer: Our privately operated ODC flight takes you from Brazzaville straight to our airstrip in Mboko for transfer to your first camp. The average Flight time is 2 hours (per way, full charter rate).
3. Scheduled Charter Flight: Every Monday & Thursday, catch a ride with our pilots on a per person rate.
4. Hybrid Transfer: a combination of our air and road transfer. Take the bus on one leg and fly the other leg.
Is it cheaper to travel alone (independently-alone)?
Traveling by yourself is certainly an option for the truly adventurous and those with time on their hands. However, the costs of independent travel can really start to add up. Once you consider everything such as accommodation, food, fuel, road tolls, national park entrance fees, you’ll soon see that travelling with our transport options is great value for money. Our packages are all-inclusive from Brazzaville to camps and back.
What’s included in the package price?
– All accommodation during your visit –Full Board,
– All transfers; to and from camp/ between camps,
– The services of a professionally trained adventure guide,
– Visit to camps listed in your itinerary,
– Activities listed in the package,
– Third Party fees.
Are there any age restrictions?
Visit to our camps are designed specifically for guests aged 15 and above. Consequently, they tend to focus on activities and nightlife that appeal to that age range. The minimum age at Ngaga and Lango camps and on our basic activities is 15 years.
We can accommodate younger children only at Mboko camp on the condition that 1 child is accompanied by one adult at all times.
How many people will be on my tour?
Our original tours are based on travelling in small groups of up to 12 like-minded individuals from around the world, providing the security of group travel while maintaining the flexibility of independent discovery. Most of our excursions are done in small groups of 3 to 4 people; larger groups may be split up for a more personal experience.
Are flights included in the price?
International flights are excluded from our quotes.
The Scheduled Charter Flights on Mondays and Thursdays are included as a return trip in our Discovery options (also available when booking tailored trips at an additional fee).
The private charter option from Brazzaville to Mboko (Odzala Discovery Camps) is an additional cost when booking outside of our inclusive Discovery options.
Our camp transfers start early in the morning. We recommend you book your international flight to arrive at least a day before your adventure starts.
How fit should I be?
Anyone in good health can join our trips. The activities in our camps are optional, so you may choose to participate or not.
Many of our activities do not require previous experience and are not fitness related.
What is the maximum number of travelers on a gorilla trek?
The average group size is 4 per trek.
Is there internet in camps?
Internet access at camp is possible but not permanent, one way to keep our guests in a captivated journey cycle. However, in case of emergency, this and other methods could be used to relate with the outside world and inform friends and family.
Will I be met at the airport?
Our Meet and greet team welcomes our guest at the airport with a friendly smile and positive spirit. The team helps and advises on every procedure before, during or after transfer to camp.
Is it safe to wander around Brazzaville?
Brazzaville is safe to visit. You can find many new restaurants, hotels, local markets, sites and historical places to visit with services offered by local “green taxi” drivers at a fair cost. It is, of course, highly recommended to leave valuable items at home. However, Brazzaville is one of Africa’s safer cities, and certainly one of its safest capitals. If you enjoy Recreational Activities please bring any equipment that you may need and or picnic supplies, swimwear, sports and walking attire.
How far is it? Length of travel
Using our private Coaster bus, it takes 10-11hours to drive from Brazzaville to Etoumbi, a distance of 700km before transferring to your chosen camp (based on itinerary); from Etoumbi to Camps the journey is approximately 4 hours. The total Journey length is 14 hours.
Our private flight takes you Brazzaville to Mboko in about 2hours.
Can I use foreign currencies in Brazzaville?
The local currency is the Central African franc (XAF). It is linked to the Euro at 650 XAF to 1.00 EU and, approximately 580-600 XAF to 1 USD. Very few establishments use credit card machines and even fewer, if any, accept foreign currency. Cash dispensers (ATMs) are available at major banks, Visa is the preferred card but MasterCard may also be used.
How do I pay for extras
Bar Bills and other extras may be paid in cash or by credit card in camps or at our office in Brazzaville. At the camps we accept Euros, US dollars as well as local currency.
How does tipping work?
Tipping is discretionary and not included in our pricing. Tipping of your guide may be done directly in any currency while tips for the hotel (camps) staff is handed to camp manager.
What type of vehicles will we be in on safari?
We have a modern well maintained air conditioned mini-bus (Coaster Bus), Toyota Land Cruiser Game viewers and air conditioned Hilux double cab pickups. All game viewers have long distance two-way radios to keep in touch with others camps.
What health certificates are required?
The International Yellow fever vaccination certificate is COMPULSORY FOR ENTRY into Congo.
For Gorilla Viewing, you need show that you’ve been vaccinated against polio and measles and are required to provide a certificate from a registered medical practitioner indicating that you are free of tuberculosis, as these are easily passed on to gorillas.
What should I pack to bring along?
Once you have booked your Trip, you will be provided with a detailed Itinerary and a suggested packing list. Please do not forget to bring your camera, dark glasses and walking shoes as well as your spirit of adventure!