Situated in the north of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), the Nouabal-Ndoki National Park was created in 1993 to conserve, in its natural state, one of the last examples of an untouched wilderness in the world. Covering an area of just under 4,000 km2, nearly double the size of Luxembourg, the Nouabal-Ndoki National Park is one of the largest parks in the forested regions of central-west Africa, containing almost 2% of all Congo's forests.
The Park is rich in flora and fauna, containing many species of large mammals, such as elephants, western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and leopards, over 300 bird species, 1,000 species of plants and several different forest types.
Nouabal-Ndoki is one of only three national parks in Congo, and is now a nationally and internationally recognised conservation area of great importance, with a highly developed infrastructure, well trained personnel, and significant economic backing.
The Park was created after a long process of consultation with local, regional and national authorities which was initiated by the Congolese government in 1991, and which also included several international partners. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been collaborating with the Congolese government since the inception of the project, and created the Nouabal -Ndoki Project in 1991 to manage the Nouabal-Ndoki National Park (NNNP), helping the government to preserve the forest ecosystem in its natural state and conserve the region's biological diversity. The National Park and its various research projects are funded by several organisations, including USAID-CARPE, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Colombus Zoo, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Salines can be visited near each camp:
Wali Bai - Close to the camp at Bomassa , early morning and evening visits for Buffalo, Elephant , as well as primates. Observation from small mirador.
At Mbeli - larger mirador on the more frequented Mbeli Bai, good observation of gorillas, elephant, sitatunga, otters etc.
Includes: Transfers, accommodation, meals, local guides, boats and vehicles, park entry fees, services of John Addison or other guide.
A baggage limit of 15kg in soft bags is allowed . This should be ample as no cold weather gear needed. Note that on some occasions you will have to transport / carry your own gear, so please keep to minimum.
Due to the size of the camps, and more importantly the hides at the salines, and of course the plane, a group of 4 / 5 incl guide is optimum. Larger groups can be taken.
The program may have to be changed at short notice for security, weather or other reasons. The WCS staff and the local guides will always do their utmost to find the best option, even if it means changing the routing. When discovering other cultures and mentalities a sense of tolerance and mutual respect is important.
Day 1 -
Arrive Libreville 2100 ex JNB. Overnight Tropicana Hotel B&B.
Day 2 -
Charter flight to Ndoki . Night at Bomassa Camp. Full Board. Afternoon to Wali Bai if time.
Day 3 -
Morning to Wali Bai. Afternoon to Mbeli Camp (by road / pirogue / on foot - total about 4 hours travel)
Day 4-9 - 5 nights here, viewing game from the mirador about one hour walk from camp. On the afternoon of day 9 - return to Bomassa for overnight.
Day 10 -
Charter to Libreville, overnight Tropicana Hotel B&B.
Day 11 -
To airport for flights out.