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Odzala-Kokoua National Park Adventure Eco-Tourism Program 2017-18 provided by Explore Madagascar's South + West!

Odzala-Kokoua National Park Adventure Eco-Tourism Program 2017-18

Odzala-Kokoua National Park Adventure Eco-Tourism Program 2017-18
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About
This tour includes a visit and entrance to spectacular Odzala-Kokoua National Park, where as of spring 2017, we have official permission to launch new budget eco-bungalows inside the park able to bring tourists into the park for visits at this time. Some of the animals you have the opportunity to see while here with us are: • 13,000 elephants • 12 gorillas per km² • Dongos, duikers, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, monkeys, many birds and more!Also here are plenty of activities on offer: • Gorilla tracking (habituated groups) with expert trackers  • Boating trips deep into the park by motorized pirogue (a traditional flat-bottomed boat) • Night forest walks in search of nocturnal species • Talks on Western Lowland Gorilla – including the research project in the area, conservation concerns for the species, their biology and ecology
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, French
What to expect
  • Day 1:Overland to Odzala: This morning we will meet at Saphir Hotel in the courtyard at 5:30am and depart to Coach Station at 6:30am. Overland trip to Etoumbi (pack a lunch), and overnight at Etoumbi Lodge. Dinner available at Etoumbi Lodge. Day 2:Animal Viewing : This morning you'll be picked up by park land cruiser at Etoumbi and transfer to Mbomo Lodge. Introductions to the park by the rangers and researchers at breakfast, and drive to nearby wildlife corridors to view animals. Morning drive to salt lick and bai. Lunch/midday at leisure at Mbomo. Afternoon game drive deep into Odzala to see large mammals (elephants, water buffalo, forest hogs, sitatungas, and more.) After dusk we'll return to Mbomo Lodge. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 3:Gorillas Viewing: Morning drive to Gorilla and primate tracking (Chimpanzees also live here) NOTE: This may be swapped with previous morning depending on the gorillas’ location. Midday lunch break at leisure at Mbomo.  Afternoon drive into the forest to watch for animals and find other large mammal species and possibly wild gorillas, return to watch the habituated gorilla groups at the site again late afternoon. Return to Mbomo for the evening. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 4:Boat Safari: All day boat and river safari to watch for river and aquatic life and birds. A packed lunch from the park is suggested today (available for cheap). Afternoon watches for wildlife from the river and continue your journey on the pirogue (dugout canoe). Return to Mbomo Lodge for overnight. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 5:Wild Walks:Morning walk to watch for birds and canopy wildlife. Then, return to camp and at leisure to Mbomo for lunch. Afternoon and night final game walk with an expert for more nocturnal species. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 6:Final Day Game Drives and Gorillas: Final drive will be this morning around Odzala to visit the gorillas a last time, as well as some highlights depending on the season. Return to camp and at leisure to Mbomo for lunch. This afternoon, we'll return to Etoumbi for sign-out and to check into the Etoumbi Lodge. Day 7:Brazza: This morning we catch a coach to Brazzaville (bring a packed lunch.) We will reach Brazzaville in late afternoon/evening and taxi transfer to the drop point with our guide. NOTE: If the bus is delayed a day, we will spend an additional day at Etoumbi and explore the area around the Gabon border today with guide, visit villages, and talk to the forest rangers.  Dropoff at Hotel Saphir (end of trip) and you're free to make your own onwards travel arrangements the following day. END OF SERVICES
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • Day 1:Overland to Odzala: This morning we will meet at Saphir Hotel in the courtyard at 5:30am and depart to Coach Station at 6:30am. Overland trip to Etoumbi (pack a lunch), and overnight at Etoumbi Lodge. Dinner available at Etoumbi Lodge. Day 2:Animal Viewing : This morning you'll be picked up by park land cruiser at Etoumbi and transfer to Mbomo Lodge. Introductions to the park by the rangers and researchers at breakfast, and drive to nearby wildlife corridors to view animals. Morning drive to salt lick and bai. Lunch/midday at leisure at Mbomo. Afternoon game drive deep into Odzala to see large mammals (elephants, water buffalo, forest hogs, sitatungas, and more.) After dusk we'll return to Mbomo Lodge. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 3:Gorillas Viewing: Morning drive to Gorilla and primate tracking (Chimpanzees also live here) NOTE: This may be swapped with previous morning depending on the gorillas’ location. Midday lunch break at leisure at Mbomo.  Afternoon drive into the forest to watch for animals and find other large mammal species and possibly wild gorillas, return to watch the habituated gorilla groups at the site again late afternoon. Return to Mbomo for the evening. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 4:Boat Safari: All day boat and river safari to watch for river and aquatic life and birds. A packed lunch from the park is suggested today (available for cheap). Afternoon watches for wildlife from the river and continue your journey on the pirogue (dugout canoe). Return to Mbomo Lodge for overnight. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 5:Wild Walks:Morning walk to watch for birds and canopy wildlife. Then, return to camp and at leisure to Mbomo for lunch. Afternoon and night final game walk with an expert for more nocturnal species. Dinner available at Mbomo Lodge. Day 6:Final Day Game Drives and Gorillas: Final drive will be this morning around Odzala to visit the gorillas a last time, as well as some highlights depending on the season. Return to camp and at leisure to Mbomo for lunch. This afternoon, we'll return to Etoumbi for sign-out and to check into the Etoumbi Lodge. Day 7:Brazza: This morning we catch a coach to Brazzaville (bring a packed lunch.) We will reach Brazzaville in late afternoon/evening and taxi transfer to the drop point with our guide. NOTE: If the bus is delayed a day, we will spend an additional day at Etoumbi and explore the area around the Gabon border today with guide, visit villages, and talk to the forest rangers.  Dropoff at Hotel Saphir (end of trip) and you're free to make your own onwards travel arrangements the following day. END OF SERVICES
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
Duration
7 days
Departure details
  • Location Name: Hotel in Brazzaville
  • Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We will arrange your visa facilitation upon purchase of a tour, and you must apply with our invitation letter at your nearest possible embassy.
  • This is NOT a tour or package with the luxury safari lodges.This is a budget and adventure minded ecotourism package, and does not include food and is geared to give you the best value experience in Congo possible.
  • Pre and Post Hotel Nights: We can arrange for additional nights before and after the nights on your trip itinerary at Hotel Saphir ($150 a night for single, $190 a night for double.) This includes breakfast, wifi, and air conditioning in a 4 star hotel with African flare.
  • You MUST show and prove your own travel insurance for this trip no more than 2 weeks before you start of your tour. If you fail to produce this you will be ejected from the trip without right of refund.
  • The schedule in Odzala might change according to the situation on the ground regarding order of the days, but we will endeavour to still get the whole itinerary, even if some days might swap in order. This is non-negotiable.
  • There is no right of refund if on the trip, certain activities are cancelled due to reasons outside of our control like weather, bus break downs, political events, absent or dangerous animals, and other forces. You risk these things by taking this trip with us in a frontier destination like Congo, and are absolutely 100% liable to pay delays and disappointments like this, at your own expense.
  • While there are English-speaking staff in the park, for the transition days up and back from the park you may have little spoken English. If you need an English-speaking guide for the ride up and back this can be arranged at additional expense.
  • It is recommended to book this tour at least 4 weeks in advance to secure your spot.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
Departure details
  • Location Name: Hotel in Brazzaville
  • Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo
Duration
7 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We will arrange your visa facilitation upon purchase of a tour, and you must apply with our invitation letter at your nearest possible embassy.
  • This is NOT a tour or package with the luxury safari lodges.This is a budget and adventure minded ecotourism package, and does not include food and is geared to give you the best value experience in Congo possible.
  • Pre and Post Hotel Nights: We can arrange for additional nights before and after the nights on your trip itinerary at Hotel Saphir ($150 a night for single, $190 a night for double.) This includes breakfast, wifi, and air conditioning in a 4 star hotel with African flare.
  • You MUST show and prove your own travel insurance for this trip no more than 2 weeks before you start of your tour. If you fail to produce this you will be ejected from the trip without right of refund.
  • The schedule in Odzala might change according to the situation on the ground regarding order of the days, but we will endeavour to still get the whole itinerary, even if some days might swap in order. This is non-negotiable.
  • There is no right of refund if on the trip, certain activities are cancelled due to reasons outside of our control like weather, bus break downs, political events, absent or dangerous animals, and other forces. You risk these things by taking this trip with us in a frontier destination like Congo, and are absolutely 100% liable to pay delays and disappointments like this, at your own expense.
  • While there are English-speaking staff in the park, for the transition days up and back from the park you may have little spoken English. If you need an English-speaking guide for the ride up and back this can be arranged at additional expense.
  • It is recommended to book this tour at least 4 weeks in advance to secure your spot.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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