Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala-Kokoua National Park or Odzala National Park is a conservation area of 13,500 sq kilometers (5,200 sq mi) at the Cuvette-Ouest Department, Republic of the Congo, declared a protected area in 1935, biosphere reserves in 1977, and national parks in the year 2001 at. Odzala-Kokoua has more than 100 species of mammals and as one of the most diverse primate populations in Africa.

Odzala-Kokoua is managed by the African Parks in collaboration with the Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment of the Republic of the Congo in 2010. The park has retained the old rainforests and terrain that vary from 350 meters (1,150 feet) to forest bushy and lots of glade. The area also includes dry forests, savannahs and rainforest ecosystems.

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Odzala National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Africa has been neglected for many years and suffered heavy poaching. The poaching of ivory and bushmeat remains a constant threat. African Parks began to organize in 2010 and work with governments, NGOs, donors and private companies to establish patrols, enforce the law and empower local communities.

Many parties are working to protect the iconic wildlife in this park to recruit, train, and deploy many new guards to monitor animals gathered. This not only hinders poaching but also makes wildlife as human property and enhances the park's tourism attraction.

Wildlife populations show signs of recovery as the heart of a tropical rainforest that holds about 22,000 western lowland gorillas, 444 species of birds and many forest elephants have moved back into the park area. The level of unrivaled flower diversity creates a fascinating landscape in which some of the rarest and mysterious species in the world can be found.

Mammals

A diurnal primate survey recorded western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), central chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes), Angolan talapoin (Miopithecus talapoin), black crested mangabey (Lophocebus aterrimus), crested mona monkey (Cercopithecus pogonias), De Brazza's monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus), greater spot-nosed monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans), mantled guereza (Colobus guereza), moustached guenon (Cercopithecus cephus) and Tana River mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus).

Separate surveys in the northern part of the park note the presence of mammals including bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus), giant forest hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii), African civet (Civettictis civetta), African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), Black-and-white colobus, lion (Panthera leo).

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), African golden cat (Caracal aurata), Leopard (Panthera pardus), serval (Leptailurus serval), bay duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis), black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus nigrifrons), Peters' duiker (Cephalophus callipygus) and white-bellied duiker (Cephalophus leucogaster).

Bird

More than 444 species of birds include African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), black-backed cisticola (Cisticola eximius), black-throated apalis (Apalis jacksoni), black-winged pratincole (Glareola nordmanni), eastern wattled cuckooshrike (Lobotos oriolinus), forest robin (Stiphrornis erythrothorax).

Forest wood hoopoe (Phoeniculus castaneiceps), great snipe (Gallinago media), grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), grey-headed broadbill (Smithornis sharpei), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), Pel's fishing owl (Scotopelia peli), pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis), red-capped crombec (Sylvietta ruficapilla).

Red-throated cliff swallow (Petrochelidon rufigula), Uganda woodland warbler (Phylloscopus budongoensis), yellow-capped weaver (Ploceus dorsomaculatus), Goliath heron (Ardea goliath), black dwarf hornbill (Horizocerus hartlaubi) and giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima).

Location: Cuvette-Ouest Department, Republic of the Congo.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville City, then travel overland or air travel to Etoumbi Town, then to Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

Contact: Parc National d’Odzala-Kokoua
Plateaux-ville, numero 227 de la rue Campel, quartier Ravin du Tchad
Brazzaville, Republic du Congo
PB 62 Brazzaville
E-mail: [email protected]

Advice: Odzala-Kokoua National Park offers an opportunity in the heart of the Congo Basin rainforest as a global biological hotspot and the second largest rainforest in the world. Track western lowland gorillas by walking through the lush rainforest of Congo, including elephants and water buffalo. Interact with the local pygmy community.

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The park has a headquarters in Brazzaville. All visitors are required to first visit Brazzaville to complete the immigration and customs formalities. You are required to get a letter of invitation (LOI) long before the trip. Visa must be obtained first, together with LOI. Congo Conservation Company (CCC) will help you with this important document.

From Brazzaville, there are several options, including self-driving for visitors who live and own a car in the Congo. If you are interested in this option, please contact the park manager to find out more and arrange transfers or help with flight bookings.

Transfers on the 26-seat Toyota Coaster bus are provided to the Etoumbi Hotel where you spend the night at a comfortable CCC-operated facility before crossing the Likouala-Mossaka River using local community-operated barges. and then to the camp. Private charter plane is available at an additional cost.

French is the official language of the Republic of Congo. The currency is Central African Franc (CAF) and can be obtained at the airport or at an ATM at a local bank in Brazzaville. Bring more cash because credit cards are not widely accepted.

March-May and September-November is the rainy season, while December-February and June-September is the dry season. Congo is located at the equator where temperature is not much variation throughout the year. Limited rainfall can make the air relatively obscure, but the humidity level is lower than during the rainy season.

Odzala-Kokoua National Park is welcome to live in one of three park camps which all offer a unique opportunity to visit the Congo Basin forest safely and comfortably as a geographic and almost mystical "Heart of Africa" of biodiversity and beauty.

Guests in the camps experience the ultimate safari adventure and are able to explore the towering jungle, crystal clear streams and wide open meadows of the region while tracking western lowland gorillas through pristine rainforests, enjoying the meadows and waters, watching birds and animals wild unique.

Lango Camp is a 6-room campsite in a dense forest overlooking Lango Baie around the Lekoli River and pastures. Ngaga Camp is a 6 room campground on a swamp in the primary forest on the Ngaga River. Mboko Camp is a 12-room courtyard that stretches along the banks of the Lekoli River.



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