The Republic of the Congo, or more simply Congo-Brazzaville (formerly French Congo), to distinguish it from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Congo-Kinshasa (formerly Belgian Congo), whose shared borders run along the waters of the mighty shared river, is now considered one of the world’s last equatorial green lungs, second in extent only to the Amazon.
Needless to say, visiting this dense primary forest country, where the first inhabitants who managed to adapt were not surprisingly the Pygmies, still far off the beaten track of tourism precisely because of its impenetrability, is tantamount to experiencing a true adventure. It’s a predominantly virgin land inhabited by chimpanzees, elephants, mandrills, gorillas, and lute tortoises, it proves ideal for ecotourism enthusiasts seeking surprising contact with primeval nature, protected within three major national parks, but explosive everywhere, whether the intricate equatorial forest, aquatic mangrove tunnels, wild coastal beaches, fertile tropical banks of the Congo River and its tributaries, or subtropical plains. While great excitement comes from exploring the Conkouati-Douli park and approaching the gorillas of the Lesio-Louna reserve, an integral part of the adventure will be going upriver in local boats, encountering only remote fishing and farming villages, or taking the train that runs along the old colonial railroad between the capital city of Brazzaville and the industrial town of Pointe Noire, a hub of oil extraction and an old outpost of the Negro trade.
A note of warmth and color, will come from the impeccable Congolese welcome and meeting with the “Sapeurs” in the Bacongo neighborhood of Brazzaville, members of the internationally renowned SAPE people’s movement, based on fashion and dandy elegance “made in Congo,” but which is actually a true identity-based philosophy of life, of a people aspiring for redemption, through a symbolic and eccentric “beautiful presence.”
Single departure 2023 with Leonardo F. Paoluzzi
Day 1 : Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Outbound Flight/Brazzaville (BVZ)
Day 2 : Thursday, June 15, 2023
Boating on the Congo River, the Savorgnan memorial of Brazza, and meeting the “sapeurs.”
Day 3 : Friday, June 16, 2023
Brazzaville/Lesio Louna Reserve/Brazzaville
Gorilla sightings and magnificent views of the “blue lake.”
Day 4 : Saturday, June 17, 2023
Transfer with a stop at the impressive caves of Nkila Ntari.
Day 5 : Sunday, June 18, 2023
Canoe navigation on the Niari River in impressive natural scenery.
Day 6 : Monday, June 19, 2023
In the Mayombe forest before meeting Dimonika’s gold digger.
Day 7 : Tuesday, June 20, 2023
The experience by train to Pointe-Noire.
Day 8 : Wednesday, June 21, 2023
From colonial buildings in Pointe-Noire to chimpanzee sightings in Conkouati-Douli Park.
Day 9 : Thursday, June 22, 2023
Day exploring the park, including river navigation and safari in the forest and savannah.
Day 10 : Friday, June 23, 2023
Ngongo River, the Diosso Gorges and the beaches of Pointe-Noire.
Day 11 : Saturday, June 24, 2023
Relax at Malonda Lodge before the return flight.
Day 12 : Sunday, June 25, 2023
Pointe-Noire (PNR)/Return flight