Congo is the land of jungles and host to pristine forest reserves where the adventurous may be able to spot some of the world’s lowland gorillas, masses of forest elephants and swinging chimpanzees.
Take on the Odzala Experience to discover the world’s second largest rainforest, home to an incredible diversity of life. Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Hippopotamus live alongside the greatest density of Western Lowland Gorilla. Choose Congo for an adventure filled destination.
Odzala-Kokoua National Park
In the heart of the world’s second largest tropical rainforest, second only to the Amazon, lies a vast expanse of protected frontier forest, Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Situated in the north-west of the Republic of Congo, this 13,546 km2 of pristine wilderness is home to the incredible biological diversity that is characteristic of such an extraordinary and complex ecosystem.
Not to be confused with its bigger and more chaotic neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo which lies on the opposite side of the Congo River. The best time to travel to Congo is between June and December, to see the diverse wildlife in the northern forest parks visit between October and January.
Language French. Recognised and regional languages are Kituba and Lingala
Why we love it Congo is home to half the world’s lowland gorillas, elephants and chimps as well as pristine forest reserves – arguably the highlight of the whole of Central Africa. For those not afraid of adventure, Congo is the perfect destination as it seems to remain an unknown quantity to travellers, despite its beauty.
Weather The best time to travel to Congo is between June and December. To see the diverse wildlife in the northern forest parks visit between October and January.
Social customs & quirks Casual clothes are permitted, but the unwritten rule is that the nicer one looks, the more respect one will receive. Most local Congolese dress in clean, crisp clothes and colorful outfits. Women wear long skirts, never pants. Taking pictures is highly sensitive and should be avoided, especially around military areas, checkpoints, and border controls. Greetings are very important in Congolese life; saying hello and inquiring about the other person’s situation must be attended to before other matters are discussed. Special respect is given when greeting elders or village headmen, especially if the person who approaches is younger than the other.
Festivals & events The Congolese observe various religious and secular celebrations, most of which involve traditional rituals, exciting parades, singing, dancing, cultural showcases, as well as feasting on delicacies and large animals.
Health* The government of the Congo requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all travelers, except infants. Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.