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Réserve Naturelle de Gorilles de Lésio-Louna-Léfini

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Christine M wrote a review Jan 2019
Chiang Mai, Thailand55 contributions20 helpful votes
The Reserve de Lesio Louna is a little known nature reserve just a few hours' drive from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. Organising a visit there is pretty straight forward and can be done at the Reserve office in the city. A package includes rental of a 4-wheel drive vehicle plus driver, and fees to enter the park. While the trip can be done in a day I strongly recommend spending a night or two in the well organised accommodation which includes mosquito nets, well equipped bathrooms and kitchen. If staying overnight you need to take all your food with you and prepare it yourself. There is a generator which provides electricity as of nightfall and this keeps the cool box chilled. There are two screened lounge/dining areas in case there are other guests visiting at the same time. A range of excursions can be organised - the most thrilling of which is to visit the 4 young male gorillas that were raised by the Aspinall Foundation in the UK and transported to the Republic of Congo in late 2017 as part of a project to return gorillas to the wild. At present the brothers are living on an island which is accessible by river and they are fed twice daily as they learn to fend for themselves. They are behind a protective fence but you can almost come face to face with them. An absolutely extraordinary experience that should be grasped before they are released to join other lowland gorillas roaming the vast reserve.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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JM B wrote a review Oct 2018
24 contributions9 helpful votes
Lesio-Louna is the closest park to Brazzaville. Guests should book in advance at the reserve's office in Brazzaville. They will give you detailed instructions on how to get to the park. The main national road north out of Brazzaville is in bad condition. The dirt road to the lodge is sandy and hilly, a 4X4 is needed. Leave Brazzaville early if you plan to visit Lac Bleu. The park itself is located among the rolling hills of the Pool region. The terrain turns emerald green during the rainy season. The lodge at Ibobikro is in passable condition, and the staff was helpful. The lodge has electricity, water and the rooms were okay. Rent the boat to see the riverine forest, birds, hippos, and the gorilla. The hikes offered out of Ibobikro will take you to the ridges with breathtaking views of the grasslands and forests. Great views of the night sky. We had to bring all of our food, we used the stove and fridge at the lodge. Plan on being autonomous.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Céline G wrote a review Feb 2018
12 contributions2 helpful votes
2-3h North of Brazzaville, road not in great condition. A lovely lodge with basic facilities, including electricity and running water. The project helps rehabilitate gorillas, though there are none currently on the site closest to Brazzaville. Beautiful hiking location, nearby a lake where you can swim.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Nicebody wrote a review Oct 2016
Miami Beach, Florida39 contributions73 helpful votes
There is no doubt that it is cute to see a gorilla up close on an island all his own. HOWEVER, the drive there is totally grueling. There are no proper roads for the last hour and even if you are in a 4WD vehicle it is an ordeal. Air conditioned cars in Brazzaville that work are a rarity and even if you ask for (and pay) for one, you may very well end up without one and you will have to bear 4 hours of discomfort each way. Beware!
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Sam H wrote a review May 2016
16 contributions3 helpful votes
A really amazing reserve with nat. geo. worthy nature and wildlife. We saw several gorilla's, a hippo and several small monkey ans birds, all very beautifull. Only downside is that it's quite a long drive in between the different locations in the reserve.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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