YZ recommends Lango Camp for travellers seeking treehouse-style living in an area with a real wealth of wildlife! Those views across the bai really are something special. A bai is a swampy depression full of herbs and sedges, attracting a lot of wildlife. In common with Ngaga and Mboko, properties situated in or just outside the park, Lango is owned and operated by Odzala Discovery Camps. It combines very well with Ngaga for travellers interested in gorilla tracking as well as all the activities offered by Lango. As at Ngaga, the minimum age requirement at Lango is 15 years.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Odzala–Kokoua National Park can be accessed via 2-hour charter flight from the Republic of Congo’s Maya-Maya international airport in capital city Brazzaville. This flight is available from Monday to Thursday. Private flights can be booked for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Alternatively, you can transfer by road all the way from Brazzaville, on Odzala Discovery Camps’ own Toyota Coaster bus! This trip takes 12 hours and involves a river crossing by ferry.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT LANGO CAMP:
The camp is spaced out along the edge of Lango Bai, with forest forming a scenic backdrop. All buildings are made out of locally sourced materials and raised above the forest floor. The communal areas are housed in two thatch-roof structures, roughly at the centre of the site. One contains the lounge and bar, with very comfortable seating around coffee tables, a few books about wildlife, and fans to keep you cool! Next door there’s the dining area, featuring a long table flanked by campaign-style chairs. Both lounge/bar and dining spaces boast beautiful views over the bai, so you can relax and tuck in to delicious meals while watching the resident herbivores munching in the bai. You can enjoy the scenery from the camp’s fire-pit too, essentially a large round deck in front of the communal structures and a fantastic spot for social gatherings!
Lango Camp’s guest accommodation consists of six timber-and-thatch dome-roof chalets, all elevated on 3 to 4-metre stilts and connected to the communal structures along raised walkways. We love the treehouse feel! Every chalet includes a twin bed or double beds, mosquito nets, an overhead fan, and an explorer’s-chest-inspired table behind the bed/s with lighting, toiletries, towels, and storage space. Valuable items can be stored in a central safe. The washing facilities are at the back of the room and comprise separate flush toilet, washbasin, and walk-in shower providing hot running water whenever you need it. The chalets also benefit from a private deck each, set with a small table and a couple of padded chairs.
ACTIVITIES AT LANGO CAMP:
- Activities from Lango Camp focus on seeing the park’s wildlife, through game drives, walking safaris, and boat trips, and often a mixture of these experiences to ensure the best sightings.
- Game drives take place by day and by night, on the sprawling savanna of Odzala–Kokoua N.P. Here you can expect to see buffalo, bushbuck, and Grimms’ duiker.
- There’s a lot of birdlife too!
- The camp’s walking safaris feature a rather wet stroll through Lango Bai, a great opportunity to check out the area’s elephant and other herbivores.
- Boating trips take you along the Lekoli river, all the while looking out for highlights such as red river hog, slender-snouted crocodile, and Patas monkey of the impressive moustache!
- You can mountain bike between this camp and Mboko Camp, and check out a number of adventure trails adjacent to the forest.
- And you can end each day with an evening around Lango’s fire-pit, sharing your stories with fellow travellers under a star-studded sky.