Mammals & Birds Species Checklist
This is one of the least explored corners of Africa
Help support the conservation of this pristine habitat
Trek for habituated Western Lowland Gorillas – one of the great apes of Africa
Enjoy a host of other primates
This pristine rainforest habitat is second largest only to the Amazon
Forest species such as Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog are found here
This is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, having been proclaimed by the French administration in 1935. It covers some 13600 square kilometers (1.360 million hectares) of pristine rainforest and is an integral part of the Congo Basin forming part of an immense tri-nation reserve between the CAR, Gabon and Congo. You can expect a host of endemic forest wildlife. The Western Lowland Gorilla (not to be confused with the well-known Mountain Gorilla of Uganda and Rwanda) occurs in Odzala and is found here at the highest densities so far recorded for the species!
Rainfall during this period means that the air is clearer. Daytime temperatures are typically higher owing to higher humidity. November in particular can be very wet. A scarcity of ripe fruits during this period results in smaller ranges and daily movements by Western Lowland Gorilla, Central Chimpanzee and Elephant. Elephant are particularly prolific. Photographically, between bouts of rain, clear blue skies are common, with good light penetrating the forest interior.
With limited rain during this period, the air can be relatively hazy, a white film of clouds covering the sky most days. Humidity however is lower than in the green season. Daytime temperatures are typically cooler. Ripe fruits during this period (especially February and August) mean that Elephants and Gorillas wander more widely to obtain these, with Gorillas feeding primarily in trees – thus allowing easier sightings. Photographically, conditions are typically overcast with muted light.