The advent of the new Odzala Camps in Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has created a high level of excitement both within Wilderness and across the world. The camps are coming along well and on schedule, and so far the wildlife seen in the area has been nothing short of astounding, promising incredible journeys for our guests into a whole new ecosystem – the African rainforest.
Watching Lango Camp on Lango Bai take shape has been very rewarding. The decking for the main area overlooking the bai from four metres up is complete, and one can already imagine brunches and lunches in the shade, while watching one of the Forest Buffalo herds or a dainty Sitatunga approach to drink at the bai, to say nothing of the whirring of wings and screeching that takes place each morning with the arrival of huge flocks of African Grey Parrots.
The past months have produced some sensational sightings, new discoveries and a fantastic diversity of species portraying many icons of central African forest wildlife. As primates are one of the main attractions at Odzala-Kokoua, it is thrilling that all but one of the eleven diurnal primates occurring in the national park have already been seen. Grey-cheeked Mangabey, De Brazza’s Monkey, Guereza Colobus and Putty-nosed Monkey are regularly sighted with Northern Talapoin, Agile Mangabey, Crowned Monkey and Moustached Monkey less often seen.
Finally, a brand-new website has been developed and went live only days ago. Here, a real sense of the rainforest canopy as well as first glimpses of the camps as they take shape can be enjoyed here:
Wonderful imagery can also be found on the We are Wilderness blog:
• Giants Of The Jungle – Odzala’s Forest Megafauna
• Congo’s Cryptic Creatures
• Odzala Wilderness Camps – An Update On Construction
undertaking promises to be a spectacular showcase for Odzala’s unique biodiversity and a leap
forward in ecotourism in the Republic of Congo.