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Mboko Camp

North west Congo rainforest

Rating: Mid-range    

Mboko Camp overview

Mboko Camp is ia in an area of grassland savannah beside the Lekoli River within Odzala National Park. Forest buffalos, bushbucks, colobus monkeys and hyenas can sometimes be seen from the camp and there are occasional visits from forest elephants. At Mboko you are encouraged to go out and explore with a combination of driving, walking and boating giving you access to the national park and its varied flora and fauna.  

Back at the lodge you can rest in the lounge and dinng area. Set on an elevated deck and with open sides, this is perfect place from which to survey the scene as you chat to other guests, sip a drink from the bar and enjoy a meal. The viewing deck comes into its own in the late afternoon when the camp fire is lit and you pull up a chair to enjoy the glow of the flames and share stories of the day's events. After dinner this is great spot from which to do some star gazing.

Accommodation is in cabins with comfy beds, matting floors and solar powered lighting. Each has an en-suite shower room and a veranda where you can sit and contemplate views of the savannah and river.

Mboko is the largest of the three camps owned and run by Odzala Discovery Camps and it the headquarters of their conservation programme. Dr Magda Bermejo, who heads the in-house research team workign with the gorillas is based here and you may get the chance to meet here during your stay at Mboko Camp.   

Photographs courtesy Odzala Discovery Camps

details

Open: Mboko Camp is open all year.

Location: Mboko Camp is in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the north west of the Republic of Congo, near the Lekoli River. Access is via the Mboko airstrip, a 10 minute drive from the camp. The flight from Brazzaville takes 2-3 hours, depending on refuelling stops.

Rooms: There are 12 rooms, made up of 10 double cabins and 2 family cabins. Every cabin has its own deck equipped with chairs where you relax, an en-suite bathroom and bedroom with a mosquito nets-covered bed and a desk.

Activities: These revolve around game viewing, with forest elephant and buffalo often encountered and sometimes come into the camp. Many activities involve driving and / or walking along raised boardwalks, and boating to optimise wildlife sightings. You can go for speedboat rides and go kayaking on the river.

Facilities: There is a large, open-sided lounge-cum-dining room set on a raised wooden platform beneath a thatched roof, with sofas and chairs, which leads out to broad viewing deck, where a fire is lit after dark. The lounge includes a bar. There is solar power.

Dining: Meals are usually eaten at separate tables.

Children: Children aged 15 years and older are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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