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            • Lowland gorillas, Congo

            Why Congo gorilla safaris and holidays are truly unique

            Why Congo gorilla safaris and holidays are truly unique

            Known for its breadth of biodiversity and natural richness, which includes the largest area of primary rainforest in Africa, a Congo safari may be off the trodden path somewhat, but this often results in a friendly welcome and some heart-warming interactions with the local people, who are genuinely unaccustomed to, and fascinated by, foreign visitors.

            Watch footage from an NWS trip to the Congo

            Congo with Natural World Safaris



            Each visitor should approach their Congo gorilla safari knowing what to expect. Long and uncomfortable journeys by planes, 4x4s and pirogues make this an experience not easily forgotten. It is, however, worth some of the extra challenge it may pose for the diversity of wildlife that you are likely to come across. Congo is an ever-stabilising area of the world that is likely to become more and more accessible and popular to tourists seeking true African authenticity, so the time to visit is now. Please note that our itineraries feature the Republic of Congo, which should not be confused with Democratic Republic of Congo.

            Kayaking, Congo

            Explorers delight & Congolese culture

            A stunning area to go on safari - but perhaps not one for the first time African traveller, the Republic of Congo offers some amazing wildlife viewing. Access to track the only habituated lowland gorillas, wild chimpanzees, forest bais full of elephants and a variety of other endemic forest fauna and flora makes this a must-see destination for the exploratory traveller. 

            Culturally, the Congolese have rich traditions that remain important in their modern day world and a real sense of character and charm owing to their French colonial heritage. French is also the national language, but there is a strong sense of African identity that coexists alongside this, no more evident than in the capital city of Brazzaville, where the hustle and bustle of market life prevails, children play in the streets and the balmy nights provide an atmospheric African setting. The city is set along the banks of a riverfront where traders busily go about their business and canoes float past lazily.

            Only a privileged few have had the honour of visiting areas such as Mbeli Bai, where safaris are run on fixed departure dates with specialist leaders and local guides.

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            Why book with us

            We are destination specialists

            Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

            We are wildlife specialists

            As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

            We really care about our destinations

            At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

            Odzala Kokoua National Park, Congo

            Your Next Steps

            Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to the Republic of Congo.