Odzala Kokoua National Park

A lush national park in the north of the Republic of the Congo, Odzala Kokoua National Park is one of the best places to spot western gorillas and forest elephants. Odzala is massive, covering a vast area with a mix of rainforest, marsh and savanna terrain. It’s near the border between Congo and Gabon, and one of the oldest national parks in Africa.

Odzala, as it’s informally known, is home to the Western Lowland Gorilla. They are the lesser-known relatives of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. But you can also see other primates (such as Guereza and black-and-white Colobus, gray-cheeked and agile mangabeys, De Brazza’s monkeys, Allen’s swamp monkeys, crowned monkeys and putty-nosed monkeys). The area is also home to central Africa’s highest density of chimpanzees – although these are very rarely seen by visitors.

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Highlights in Odzala Kokoua National Park

  • Biggest draw card is to spend time with the Western Lowland Gorillas
  • Smaller primates are not habituated, but you might have a chance to spot them
  • Enjoy a safari drive to see the forest buffalo (it’s common to see them on the roads), spotted hyena and antelopes (like the sitatunga)
  • Enjoy the different and unique bird species
  • Photograph the striking landscapes of marshes, hills, forests, and rivers
  • Look for dwarf crocodiles on a river trip
  • Walking safari (but be prepared to get wet!)

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