Congo Basin Discovery 2023

June 14-26, 2023 -OR- June 28-July 10, 2023

An epic adventure by private air

Take your adventures to the next level and set forth on a journey of discovery in the heart of the African continent - the Congo Basin, the second largest rainforest on Earth. Few visitors have ventured to this remote and pristine wilderness where time seems to stand still. Explore the vital ecosystems and astonishing biodiversity of Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo, and Central African Republic’s Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve on a one-of-a-kind adventure.

June 14-26, 2023 -OR- June 28-July 10, 2023

10 Guests
13 Days
2 Countries

Calling all Explorers

Join a small group of intrepid travelers and explore a tapestry of rainforest, savanna, swamps and waterways by boat, kayak, 4x4 vehicles, and on foot. Along the way connect with local cultures, learn about vital conservation tactics, and enjoy a front-row seat to some of the most awe-inspiring animal encounters in Africa. Observe a group of Western lowland gorillas as they socialize and forage for breakfast, watch huge flocks of African grey parrots gather from far and wide for their morning “social hour”, and witness critically endangered forest elephants part the mist as they emerge during twilight hours to raucously greet each other among the glades. Your adventures by day are complemented by luxury at night - with scrumptious meals, and private forest chalets for a comfortable rest.

We invite you to indulge your inner explorer and join us on this not-to-be-missed adventure limited to just 10 guests.

Hosted throughout by experts

Photo of host Carol Guy

Carol Guy

Expedition Manager

Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Carol is deeply passionate about Africa and has traveled to more than 30 countries across the continent. With a degree in anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Carol has a strong interest in wildlife conservation and the interaction of local communities with the natural world. In her role as travel planner for our family groups and private jet programs, Carol draws on her extensive expertise and nearly 20 years as expedition manager leading groups of Bushtracks travelers through this fascinating continent.

Photo of host Vivienne Gunning

Vivienne Gunning

Expedition Manager

“Vivienne’s Africa” is all about each sunrise bringing adventure. Vivienne has lived in Africa all her life and as an avid traveler has traversed 30 countries on the African continent and visited 65 countries worldwide. Over 20 years, Vivienne has led more than 100 Bushtracks trips and is at home managing aviation charters and complex expedition logistics. As an artist, photographer and cyclist, she shares her passion for adventure and hopes to inspire all who travel with her to embrace Africa.

Congo Basin Discovery 2023 Itinerary

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo Day 1-2

Rest and recover from your international flight at the beautiful Radisson Blu. With scenic views of the Congo River, enjoy a peaceful evening at leisure.

Radisson Blu M'Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazzaville
1 Night

Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo Day 2-5

Meet your fellow travelers and expedition manager at a welcome breakfast. Then fly by bush plane to the remote Odzala-Kokoua National Park, renowned for its population of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas, where you will meet the gorilla research team and catch a first glimpse of the magic of the rainforest. The next two days, set out early in search of gorillas, guided by an expert tracker. On each trek, once you find the primates, spend an enchanting hour watching the family's interactions. In the afternoons, enjoy educational walks for an up-close look at forest life large and small, then wind down the day with river "sundowners”.

Ngaga Camp
3 Nights

Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo Day 5-7

Kayak down the Lekoli River to your next destination - Lango Camp, located on the edge of the Lango Bai. This natural forest clearing is an oasis for wildlife. Explore the swampy setting on foot and tune into the sights and sounds of bai life. From the camp observation deck, spot unusual and rare animal species, such as African grey parrots, forest buffalo, forest elephant and sitatunga as they congregate to drink and socialize.

Lango Camp
2 Nights

Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo Day 7-8

Indulge in breakfast overlooking the bai followed by a scenic drive and then a short trek along a wooden path amidst the trees to Mboko Camp, where the rainforest meets the savanna. Explore the environment on foot or rest your feet and relish the scenery on an afternoon river cruise complete with "sundowners" aboard.

Mboko Camp
1 Night

Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve, Central African Republic Day 8-12

After a short bush flight, a boat awaits to carry us up the Sangha River to our home for the next four nights. Geographically located in the heart of Africa, there are few places more magical than Dzanga-Sangha. Start your adventures with a walk to Dzanga Bai, known as the "Village of Elephants". Witness elephant mud baths - an educational as well as entertaining scene! The next day, enjoy a forest walk made lively by net hunting with the Ba'Aka, a community of hunter-gatherers. Then meet researchers of The Pangolin Project for insights into the conservation of the world's most trafficked animal. Conclude with a hike among some of Africa's oldest and tallest trees in the Valley of the Giants.

Sangha Lodge
4 Nights

Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo Day 12-13

Wake up to the rustle of the rainforest before embarking on a journey by boat and plane back to Mboko Camp for a final night where we recount our adventures together by the glow of the camp fire.

Mboko Camp
1 Night

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo Day 13

A morning flight returns us to Brazzaville where we celebrate our journey with a farewell lunch overlooking the Congo River. This afternoon, enjoy an optional city tour; or simply relax and freshen up for your international flight in your day room at the Radisson Blu, before being transferred to the airport.

Radisson Blu M'Bamou Palace Hotel

Calling all Explorers

Congo Basin Discovery 2023

June 14-26, 2023 -OR- June 28-July 10, 2023

$27,850

per person, double occupancy

or call one of our expert coordinators directly at 1.800.995.8689

In Our Travelers' Words

At the end of the day our travelers are most qualified to describe the African safari experience, and they certainly say it best.

The Peacock Family
Multi-Generational Safari

"Our youngest, Emily is almost 7. And mom and dad are in their late 70's. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between - and I can tell you we ALL just had the best time! It's tricky to have a plan that appeals to everyone. The thought of our daily adventure was so exciting, that no one minded the early morning wake-ups - not even the teenagers! They were often the first ones on the jeep - as they couldn't wait to start the drive each day."

The Ousterhout Family
Family Safari

"My father-in-law had always wanted to go to Africa, and invited us all to go with him to celebrate his 80th birthday. We went with no expectations, and the trip was beyond anything we could have imagined. In each camp we were exhilarated to be so unbelievably close to animals. Our guides really turned the safari into an educational experience for the girls with in-depth discussions on not just the wildlife, but also history, culture, and the relationship between tourism and the environment. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we hope to return."

Pat & Art Hoeft
Photographic Safari

"This was our first Africa visit; we'd thought about it for years and then in my husband's semi-retirement we thought that if we didn't do it NOW it would never happen. We arranged to travel with my husband's brother and wife. The photographic opportunities were myriad and truly stupendous. We were up and out in the Land Cruiser before sunrise each day to catch photos of wildebeests and, one morning, elephants, silhouetted with acacias on a ridge line as the sun rose. We ended our days with late-night nibbles with a choice of "one more for the road" and new friends from across the English-speaking world."

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