178 Photos - Jul 28, 2014
Photo: Shopping at Outdoor Warehouse for all the right gear from jungle trekking.Photo: Brett got excited about all the cool toys while Terrence weighed up different footwear options.Photo: It is essential to get your yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before leaving for the CongoPhoto: Yellow fever documentation - tick!Photo: Flying into the Congo's capital city, Brazzaville, one can see the Congo river snaking below. These little green cars are taxis and can be seen throughout the streets of the city.Photo: A friendly face and comfortable bed at our one night stop over at Mikhael's Hotel in BrazzavillePhoto: Off to find our rooms...Photo: Emma relaxes by the pool before our city tour begins.Photo: Photo: The streets of BrazzavillePhoto: Visiting a local art schoolPhoto: A craft market in BrazzavillePhoto: Liesel and Brett test out the drums at the marketPhoto: St Anne's BasilicaPhoto: Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial, a memorial to the founder of BrazzavillePhoto: Photo: Drinks and dinner at Mami WataPhoto: The view across the Congo river to the DRC from Mami Wata, a riverside bar and restaurant.Photo: Photo: Sampling the local beer - Ngok'Photo: Terrence shares his impressions of Brazzaville on the Congo riverPhoto: Photo: Breakfast at Mikhael's HotelPhoto: Our ride out to OdzalaPhoto: Photo: A Wilderness immigration assistant was invaluable in helping us through with all our luggagePhoto: Touch down in the rainforest!Photo: We met Karl our guide for the week who used every opportunity to point out interesting creatures and plants along the drivePhoto: Karl skilfully navigating the 'Highway to Gabon'Photo: Terrence finds a dung beetle scuttling along the roadPhoto: Exploring the rainforest on the drivePhoto: Photo: Scooters are the best mode of local transport - if you can keep your balance through the puddles. Keep an eye out for super cute pygmy goats.Photo: Keep an eye out along the road for local hunters and forest buffaloPhoto: Photo: Arriving at Ngaga camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Welcome to Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Our room at Ngaga camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Enjoying a meal at Ngaga - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Dinner time at Ngaga camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Terrence keeps enjoys the view from the walkway to his room at Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: The camp is surrounded by marantaceae forest, dense bushes of large green leaves.Photo: Off gorilla trekking before the sun is upPhoto: Calvin the tracker listens for sounds of the gorillasPhoto: The trackers use a combination of traditional knowledge and modern technology to keep track of the gorillas' movementsPhoto: Calvin warns us that we are close to the gorillasPhoto: Photo: Binoculars are a great idea for gorilla trekking as guests have to stay a minimum of 7 meters from the gorillasPhoto: Jupiter keeps a watchful eye on the visitors while his family plays and feeds in the clearingPhoto: Photo: After an hour watching the gorillas, the walk back to camp is slower with time to look at the signs and tracks that Calvin followed on the wayPhoto: Photo: The rainforest is not only about the gorillas though and guests are encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open for smaller details that make up the rainforest ecosystemPhoto: Photo: Photo: After a long morning, a relaxing drink at camp is in orderPhoto: Photo: Sundowners in the riverPhoto: Ngaga camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Our rooms at Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Liesel enjoys the sights and sounds from her deck at Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Playing an afternoon game of bawoPhoto: Gorilla trekking is not for the unfair - it involves navigating all sorts of interesting terrain.Photo: Pieter our guide shows us some interesting uses for marantaceae leavesPhoto: Photo: It is essential to protect the gorillas from any human diseases by wearing a mask. The net is to keep insects off one's face.Photo: Photo: A good pair of binoculars is essential to make the most of a trek in the rainforestPhoto: Neptuno the SilverbackPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Barbecue on the bonfire at NGaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: We were lucky enough to spot a very rare creature - a potto!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The rooms at Ngaga Camp barely showing in the dense rainforest - Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Afternoon tea time at Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Our room at Ngaga Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10016?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sunset in Ombo villagePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A warm welcome to Mbomo village!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Lunch at Lango camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: The view from the deck at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Animal spotting from the deck
 of Liesel's roomPhoto: Terrence relaxes in his room at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Afternoon (iced) tea at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Afternoon tea at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: The view from Emma's room at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Palm nut vultures are fairly common on the Lango bai.Photo: Photo: Photo: A giant kingfisher on the riverbanksPhoto: Photo: Rock navigates the waterwaysPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Fresh limes from the bay for our gin and tonicsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: An elephant molar!Photo: Photo: Photo: Look what grows in elephant spoor after just a few hours!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Emma relaxes at Langa Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Photo: Photo: African green pigeonsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Langa Camp in the sunsetPhoto: Around the campfire at Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=CongoPhoto: Lango Camp - http://www.go2africa.com/accommodation/10014/at-a-glance/lango-camp?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Congo