Odzala-Kokoua National Park lies within the greater Congo Basin in the Republic of The Congo. It is alive with plants, mammals, reptiles and birds that thrive within the diverse biomes and landscapes. It is characterised from dense primary rainforest in the north, to lowland swamps and pockets of savannah in the south. The clearings often have mineral rich bais – freshwater lakes that attract the shiest of the forest dwellers so makes for great wildlife spotting.
A highlight for visitors to Odzala are observing the critically endangered Western Lowland Gorillas. Two families are currently being habituated by world-class primatologists currently in the seventh year. Guests usually spend two mornings with a guide and tracker walking through the forest to the gorillas where you watch them during their feeding time.
Gorillas aside, there are some exotic and rare species that will surprise you! 100 species of mammals, 430 bird species and thousands of plants, so this is a nature lover’s paradise. Below are just some of the highlights, by no means all!
Western Lowland Gorillas, the highest density of chimpanzees in Africa, the highest number of diurnal primates, Guereza Colobus, Moutached Monkey, Crowned Monkey and Putty-nosed Monkey.
Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Bongo, Sitatunga, Black-Fronted Duiker, Red River Hog, Spotted Hyena, Water Chevrotain and Harnessed Bush-Backs.
Great Blue Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Plumed Guineafowl, Hartlaub’s Duck, Cassin’s Malimbe, Bare-cheeked Trogon, Blue Malkoha, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Black Bee-Eaters and Blue-Throated Roller.
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