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Odzala, great gorilla experience and adventure safari in Congo!


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michael-ibk

What a fantastic adventure, Paco, and absolutely outstanding photos - as always. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in a ST report!

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Last summer we where fortunate to visit Africa again and we had another fantastic safari,but this time a very different one from our previous trips to the continent.   Seen gorillas was a pending su

Thank you all for the nice comments.   Ngaga is a small camp located right outside Odzala National park in the Ndzehi forest. Six rooms and a comunal area constructed with natural materials over

For our last afternoon in Ngaga we choose to visit a local village, is always nice to know a bit about how the people in the area make a living!!   We drove the 3 km bumpy Ngaga road and turned wes

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It was a pleasure to read your report on a less visited corner of Africa. Seriously considering this trip in future. Many thanks for sharing.

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africawild

It is about time i finish this report and , as i said, it will be with a few road photos i took on the way back from Odzala to Brazzaville, very long but interesting drive.

 

 

I already mentioned how we could feel human live evolved around the road , with most villages beside it.

 

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Between villages we could observe a few patches of rain forest

 

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But what we could mainly observe by driving instead of flying is how chaotic and , at the same time surprising, live is in this country.

 

 

Roads are terrible

 

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Even termite mounds can invade the road

 

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The conditions of most vehicles are not the best ,look at the School Bus!

 

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Some of them are even abandoned in the middle of the road when they brake down!

 

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You will see a lot of people traveling on top of most trucks!

 

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Many people walking the road !

 

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Many people making a living selling things on the road side!

 

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Even bushmeat

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Taxis overload with all kinds of goods!

 

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Motorcycles running with Gin!

 

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Kids playing around burning cars

 

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And even the Chinese have arrived

 

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But despite all these things that may be strange or even unattractive to some, the Republic of Congo is a fantastic country to travel.

 

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Is a great place to have an amazing and unique Gorilla experience.

 

 

 

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And also the perfect spot to live first hand the wonders of the rainforest in one of the last wild corners of the Congo Basing.

 

 

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Paco

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jeremie

Marvelous! Thank you very much for sharing these great pictures of this unbeliavable and wild area of central Africa.

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Absolutely marvellous ... and adventures trip report, @@africawild ! It will be difficult to top this one in the true off the beaten path category.

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africawild

Marvelous! Thank you very much for sharing these great pictures of this unbeliavable and wild area of central Africa.

 

 

Thanks Jeremie, a pleasure. I hope more Safaritalkers can visit Odzala and enjoy it as I have.

 

Paco

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africawild

Absolutely marvellous ... and adventures trip report, @@africawild ! It will be difficult to top this one in the true off the beaten path category.

Thank you Xelas. I am sure here on Safaritalk we will enjoy more trip reports to less frequented and remote places.

 

Paco

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Amazing stuff @@africawild a journey I'm very jealous of. My dream has been Gabon or Congo for many years and looking at this makes me long for it even more. Beautiful photography as usual.

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gatoratlarge

Wow!!! Stunning pictures of an amazing part of Africa and the planet...how did you take the night sky pics? I'm not sure I have it in my capabilities but I'd love to try it...some of the gorillas have some disfigured facial features---is that from some disease? (may have been mentioned previously --- I apologize if so)

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The burning car shot is a wall-hanger Paco!

 

Haha... That was a great and surprising ending to the report. It doesn't look very strange to me - even the bush meat sellers by the roadside isn't something we don't know about - but it's probably a bit raw for even many here. And of course the potholes (why don't more people post pothole pictures, me included? We must have seen some monsters.)

 

Really glad you posted that though. It's part of the trip and it really needs to be there, in my opinion. Also, it got me back for another look at some of the photos. Great stuff.

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Amazing stuff @@africawild a journey I'm very jealous of. My dream has been Gabon or Congo for many years and looking at this makes me long for it even more. Beautiful photography as usual.

 

 

Thanks Dlo. Yes,Gabon would be an incredible combination with Congo, maybe some day?

 

Paco

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africawild

Wow!!! Stunning pictures of an amazing part of Africa and the planet...how did you take the night sky pics? I'm not sure I have it in my capabilities but I'd love to try it...some of the gorillas have some disfigured facial features---is that from some disease? (may have been mentioned previously --- I apologize if so)

 

Thank you Gatoratlarge.

 

Yes,there was one young gorilla with a problem in his face , it was a skin problem but it looks like the face was much better than a few weeks previous to our visit so that is good.

 

Night sky photography has much to do with your equipment.

 

For best results you will need a full frame camera with good high ISO capability, a wide angle fast lens and a tripod. With the right equipment and decent techniques ( easy to find in the WEB) African skies will do the rest!!

 

Paco

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The burning car shot is a wall-hanger Paco!

 

Haha... That was a great and surprising ending to the report. It doesn't look very strange to me - even the bush meat sellers by the roadside isn't something we don't know about - but it's probably a bit raw for even many here. And of course the potholes (why don't more people post pothole pictures, me included? We must have seen some monsters.)

 

Really glad you posted that though. It's part of the trip and it really needs to be there, in my opinion. Also, it got me back for another look at some of the photos. Great stuff.

 

 

Thank you Pault.

 

I agree that roads are very similar all over Africa and in the countries we usually visit we see similar things.

 

Potholes were not that bad, most of the road was good but there were some big ones, however the drivers knew exactly where they were so our backs were safe!

 

Bushmeat on the other hand is a big problem in Congo. During our 2 drives we saw people selling genets,civets,pangolins,duikers,bushbucks , francolins and different monkeys!! The drives were long but i have done previous drives before and i haven't seen anything close.

 

In African Park anual report you can see how concern they are about the bushmeat problem in Odzala,in fact last year their rangers withdrew twice as many snares as the year before.

They have implemented A Cocoa Project to help local communities with an economic alternative to bushmeat hunting, hopefully this can start to lower a bit the pressure on the fauna of the National Park

 

Paco

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michael-ibk

Paco, thanks again for a really spectacular trip report. I really appreciate the "on the road" shows, it helps to get a better idea of the country. Often read about the bush meat problem, your pictures show the sad reality of that. Even so, to say it again, one of the most beautiful places I´ve ever seen - would love to go sometime, and I´m sure your report has put this in the bucket list for a lot of us.

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JayRon

Just found your trip report, seems like an amazing trip. Been to most of East and Southern Africa, but Congo seems way different. Must go there someday(if I win in the lottery :unsure: ) Thank you for posting.

 

I was just wondering, that since there still is hyenas in Congo, what happend to the lions? Poached out or something else?

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africawild

Just found your trip report, seems like an amazing trip. Been to most of East and Southern Africa, but Congo seems way different. Must go there someday(if I win in the lottery :unsure: ) Thank you for posting.

 

I was just wondering, that since there still is hyenas in Congo, what happend to the lions? Poached out or something else?

Thank you Jay,

 

Sorry but don´t know much about the Odzala Lions, only that in 1994 the last 2 males where shot in a nearby hunting block!! But it is believed the population was very small?

 

Paco

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