Africa – Congo
Another amazing programme on BBC2 just giving you one more place on the list of need to see places. The Congo is not to be confused with its more volatile neighbour the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This former French colony has a multiparty democracy and has been paeceful this century and is home to one of the oldest of Africa’s National Parks – Odzala National Park.
If you fell in love with the gorillas, forest elephants, chimps and all the other different and interesting forest citizens and now want to see them for yourself, then you need to get in touch.
Wilderness Safaris have two camps, one on the edge of the savannah and the other in the heart of the forest which are open from May to December. Each is only 6 rooms in total that are raised above the ground for a view of the surrounding territory and based on the local B’Aka (pugmy) tribe design. Sometimes gorilla groups walk under the forest camp giving guest an unexpected bonus viewing. There are a number of habituated groups of lowland gorillas close to the camp and contact with them is very strictly controlled by numbers, only one contact per day and lead by expert guides. There is also the benefit that no permit fees payable (usaully $550 to $750) for seeing these gorillas.
You need to be reasonably fit as guests are expected to walk 5 – 8 a day and be able to keep your luggage down to 20 kg. This is a truly an adventure that is few others have done. as the camps are new and only had 50 guests last year. You have the experience of the savannah with game drives, boat trips up the rivers and then the guided walks, day and night, in the forest, tracking the gorillas, elephants and other forest animals and stunning bird life.
If you are really lucky you could even see a crocodile up a tree which they do to sun themselves and heat up.
To find out more about this unique experience please get in touch; either by telephoning 01323 446550 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Above Photos by Wilderness Safaries