[ODZALA] Africa's Bucket-List Trip For 2021
27 October 2020

A vast wilderness waiting to be explored

The Republic of Congo & Central African Republic

The 400-million hectare Congo Basin is one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth. It is a place of raw beauty, unfathomable scale, and one of the least explored areas on our planet. And, discovering this vast rainforest with CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY is rated as one of Africa's top bucket-list experiences. As a company, they remain committed to making a positive impact and crafting journeys that change lives.

  • Over 100,000 Western Lowland Gorillas: this conservation hotspot is home to the pioneering research of the western lowland gorilla. Wake up in the forest inhabited by gorillas and walk from camp for daily viewings.
  • Discover rare species: more than gorillas, encounter forest elephants, forest buffalo, bongo, sitatunga, various monkey species, rare birds and chimpanzees.
  • Discover unexplored forests: literally tread where no tourist has ever been before, total freedom and pure, safe adventure.
  • Four unique camps: from deep-forest Ngaga Camp and open-savannah Mboko Camp, to the expansive baï of Lango Camp and mighty river at Sangha Lodge, these four camps combine perfectly across the Discovery packages.
  • 4-,7-,10- or 11-night Discoveries: one-stop booking office manages all the Congo Basin logistics, all you need to do is choose a trip best suited to you.


  • Applies to all DISCOVERIES, including Sangha Lodge.
  • Book before 30 November and 2020 rates will be honoured for 2021 bookings.
  • 7-night Odzala Discovery: US$ 9,490 SAVE US$ 1,340.
  • 11-night Congo Basin Discovery: US$ 14,690 SAVE US$ 2,070.
  • Rates include return internal charter flights, all road and boat transfers, all accommodation, meals, drinks, guided activities and two gorilla-tracking permits.
  • ONE-STOP JOURNEY MANAGEMENT: just get to Brazzaville, from there every detail of the trip is arranged. Deal with and pay one company. Congo Conservation Company hold the deposit which is fully refundable for COVID-19 related travel disruptions.
  • Contact the incredible KELBY METIOR for reservations.


A chance of viewing gorillas and chimps in one baï

Dzebe is a unique Baï (clearing in the forest) as it is the only location with regular chimpanzee and gorilla sightings. The new mirador (elevated viewing platform - pictured top left) has recently been completed and provides a comfortable space to sit and wait for the action of the day.

Accessible from Ngaga Camp (pictured above), it is suggested that guests stay an extra day after gorilla tracking to experience the new mirador. Depart early in the morning for a 1.5 hour drive and 45-minute walk into the forest before arriving at the mirador. Here you make yourself comfortable with binos, camera and book to read, together with refreshments, picnic breakfast and lunch. Gorillas and chimpanzees are likely to appear, alongside bongo, red river hog, African grey parrots and more...


Borders are currently open and COVID-19 tests are required 72 hours prior to travel from country of origin. Ethiopian Airlines (already operating), Rwanda Air and Kenyan Airways fly into Brazzaville. Airport screening and temperatures taken on arrival.
Yellow Fever is required, and a medical declaration form completed in advance.

Congo Conservation Company closed to tourists in March. They will remain closed for over a year with the reopening date set at 26th April 2021. This is testament to their commitment to putting conservation and communities above commerce during the global COVID-19 pandemic.


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There's never been a better time to plan an adventure in this the most pristine and gentle of rainforests of Africa. I cannot think of a more healing antidote to what has been an incredibly tough year for us all.

Thank you for supporting our Portfolio of exceptional members across Africa!

Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio


1500km east of mainland East Africa lies an archipelago of 115 islands collectively known as Seychelles. The outer islands, with a land area of 220 km2 make up almost half of the land area of Seychelles and 2% of its population. These outer islands comprise 9 important bird areas, the largest population of giant tortoises, nesting grounds for turtles, over 180 bird species, 320 species of coral, over 1000 fish species, spinner dolphins, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and even the elusive dugong.

Within the outer islands is the Alphonse Group, the coral islands of Alphonse, St Francois and Bijoutier, about 1 hour's flight and 250km from Mahé. Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé you find the Aldabra Group, including Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands or cays on the rim. The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water. The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs.

It is amidst this vast oceanic playground that you will find Blue Safari Seychelles.


Ingwe Pan

Located in a private concession of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 8 tents of Ingwe Pan are tucked into the woodland on the fringes of a large secluded pan. Throughout the season, the pan attracts animals large and small, making for exceptional game viewing straight from camp and in the surrounding areas. Ingwe Pan is a 30-minute drive from the famed Mana floodplain and the Zambezi River, and the terrain is a beautiful mix of baobab groves, mopane and riverine forest.