Top Reasons to Visit the Republic of Congo (Part 2)

Last month we brought you the first five of our Top Ten Reasons to Visit Odzala… We think we put together a pretty compelling case to add Congo to your travel bucket list, but then we may be biased. If you’re still sitting on the adventure travel fence, here are five more great reasons why you need to see Odzala – including yes, you guessed it, bongo in the Congo…

Congo Conservation Company opened three camps – Ngaga, Mboko and Lango in Odzala-Kokua National Park – with one goal in mind: the conservation of this fantastic ecosystem. A sad but necessary truth about conservation in Africa (and probably the rest of the world too) is that fauna and flora must pay for their own right to exist and take up space. One of the most sustainable ways to do this is through photographic tourim. As the first, and still the only, ecotourism operation in the area we hope that by opening up this area to local and international visitors we can bring enough paying guests to show clear economic benefits for local communities and the country, and so ensure the long-term safety of this amazing wilderness.

Yes, its off the beaten track, yes there are insects in the forest and yes, it can get hot and humid but from the moment you arrive in Brazzaville brand-new Maya Maya Airport we’ll make sure that you’ll be as comfortable as possible. While the brand-new Radisson Blu hotel in Brazzaville will take care of your every need in the capitall, all our Camps have been designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If you’re concerned that you’ll have to forage for grubs and fungi to survive, fear not – here are some of the comments recent guests have made about the Odzala dining experience: “Chef Santos should be cloned”. “Better than I have had in 90% of safari camps in other countries”. “Some of my best meals ever were here”.

For most travellers, money is a consideration and there are few places in Africa where you’ll get more value for your hard-earned money than in Congo with Odzala Discovery Camps. Considering the remoteness of the location, the uniqueness of the product, the small number of beds in each camp (12 in Ngaga and Lango), Odzala offers outstanding value for money. Why not contact us to ask for a quote and see for yourself:

Ever heard of a Bongo? Perhaps you have. But what about a water chevotrain? Or a northern talapoin, grey-cheeked mangabey, anomalure, potto, or elegant needle-clawed galago? If these animals are all new to you then why not travel to a place where they all exist, alongside one or two creatures that may not, like the mythical mokele-mbembe? However experienced a safari-goer you are, you’re bound to add a few ticks to your African mammals checklist. And that’s before we get started on the birds of Odzala – this is a twitcher’s paradise, where ‘lifers’ abound!

A large segment of the safari industry sells itself as travel within the guest’s comfort zone. Visas are either not necessary or grow on trees, transfers to and from camps are a short hop in a plane or a smooth 20-minute drive, and lodges have every conceivable amenity. While we strive to make the Congo as comfortable as possible for all our guests, travelling here does mean leaving your ‘zone’ But then isn’t that one of the biggest lures of travelling? Challenge yourself and come to the Congo – choose the rainforest over rainfall showers!

Now that you have all ten of our top ten reasons to visit Odzala, you have no excuse not to. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us:

We’re getting excited to visit Morocco for the PURE Life Experiences Show at the Palais des Congrès, Marrakech from 12-15 September 2016 – we’ll see you there for when you can hear just why you need to visit Congo first hand! Odzala Discovery Camps will be on stand K06.