Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congo is a phenomenal country – untouched, wild and remote. Those seeking an unusual adventure will love it, but it is not for the faint of heart. There are lots of biting flies at Lango Camp and the rainforest is filled with insects too. None of them cause any harm or pain, but the bites can be very itchy.

Also the wildlife-viewing experience is limited, with few large mammals around and the primates elusive and skittish. The gorillas are a real highlight and, at time of writing, every guest that has been to Ngaga has seen them at least once – so this experience does make the six days worthwhile. However, it’s important to note that the gorillas are viewed in thick rainforest, often up in trees, and are still in the process of being habituated. It is not easy to get clear sightings and photographs. The experience is so untamed though that we found it much more interesting and exciting compared to gorilla trekking in Rwanda, where the gorillas are very relaxed and will sit next to you and eat for an hour. Though, perhaps we took a more relaxed approach, having already had the chance to visit Rwanda’s mountain gorillas on a previous occasion.

The Congo is probably best suited to travelers who have been to Africa before, and already experienced areas with high concentrations of wildlife. That said, ultimately this is a place for people who want to enjoy a unique environment and ecosystem; who don’t have high expectations for big game, but do want to see some wildlife and will also appreciate the smaller things such as plants and trees. So this could be ideal for someone’s first time to Africa as well, as long as they know what to expect.

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