A thrilling light aircraft flight over the forests, a muddy, roller coaster of a ride into camp and a genuine Congolese welcome is just the start of the adventure. The lowland gorillas who wander the forest, share their home with forest elephants, bongo, sitatunga and even leopards, with chimps heard in the distance. The park is also close to a number of isolated forest villages, where superstition and sorcery are strong held beliefs, but the welcome is genuinely warm. With two new luxury lodges on the scene, one of the wildest and oldest parks in Africa, can now be explored in style, but do not be fooled – step outside the lodge and the rainforest is an unmistakeable presence.
Whilst many claim the strange forest sounds at night are leopards, villagers believe it to be the call of the Ejengi forest spirit – night walks can be unnerving…
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Congo - Forests, Rivers and Bais of Odzala
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