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Scheduled Tour

Congo Basin Discovery

March 16 - March 24, 2024
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Scheduled Tour

Congo Basin Discovery

Congo Basin Discovery 2024

Set forth on a journey of discovery in the heart of the African continent – the Congo Basin, the second-largest rainforest on Earth. Few visitors have ventured to this remote and pristine wilderness where time seems to stand still. Explore the vital ecosystems and astonishing biodiversity of Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic’s Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve on an epic, one-of-a-kind adventure.

Join a small group of intrepid travelers and explore a tapestry of rainforest, savanna, swamps, and waterways by boat, kayak, 4×4 vehicles, and on foot. Along the way, connect with local cultures, learn about vital conservation tactics, and enjoy a front-row seat to some of the most awe-inspiring animal encounters in Africa. Sit in wonder with a group of foraging Western lowland gorillas, watch huge flocks of African grey parrots gather from far and wide for their morning “social hour,” and witness critically endangered forest elephants part the mist as they emerge during twilight hours to raucously greet each other among the glades. Your adventures by day are complemented by luxury at night with scrumptious meals and private forest chalets for a comfortable rest.


  • Set out on foot amidst tropical rainforest in search of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas, and observe their social interactions as they go about their morning routine of foraging and grooming.
  • Watch rare and endangered animal species such as forest elephants, African grey parrots, sitatunga and bongos congregate and socialize around ‘bais’ – marshy, mineral-rich forest clearings that are a magnet for wildlife.
  • Explore meandering waterways by kayak and boat for an eye-level perspective of riverine ecosystems, and spot exotic birdlife and wildlife along the banks.
  • Glimpse the traditional way of life, including net hunting, of the Ba’Aka people, a community of hunter-gatherers.
  • Meet gorilla researchers and members of The Pangolin Project and learn about the crucial conservation efforts underway to protect these vulnerable species.
  • Walk under the canopy of some of Africa’s tallest and oldest trees in the Valley of the Giants.
  • Immerse your senses in a remote, primordial wilderness where time seems to stand still.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 - 2 Brazzaville |
Gateway to the Congo
Day 2 - 8 Odzala-Kokoua National Park |
A Biodiversity Hotspot
Day 8 - 12 Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve |
Jewel of the Rainforest
Day 12 - 13 Odzala-Kokoua National Park |
A Final Night
Day 13 Brazzaville |
Scheduled Tour

Congo Basin Discovery

Two Countries. 13 Unforgettable Days
Republic of Congo
Congo Basin Tour Brazzaville
Congo Basin Odzala Sanga
Congo Basin, Brazzaville
Congo Basin, Brazzaville

Expedition Leader

Carol Guy

Carol Guy

Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Carol has journeyed to more than 30 countries across the world. She has a strong interest in conservation and the interactions of local communities with the natural world.

Journey Manager

Daniela Powers

Daniela Powers

Daniela is a seasoned trip expert with a wealth of experience in travel, tourism and aviation. She is passionate about creating immersive itineraries that allow travelers to deeply connect with each destination.

Scheduled Tour

Congo Basin Discovery

HRH scheduled explorations by private air include everything from luxury accommodations and chartered flights to first-class dining and curated sightseeing, as well as an experienced expedition team to handle all logistics and gratuities.

Included in your scheduled tour

  • Accommodations, meals and beverages (including select alcoholic beverages), private air travel, ground transportation, and group activities and excursions, as indicated in the detailed itinerary
  • Veteran expedition staff and expert local guides
  • Short-term MEDJETAssist Membership


MARCH 6 – 18, 2024

$30,885 per person/$4,795 single supplement
Scheduled Tour

Congo Basin Discovery

Trip Pace and Activity Level

The activity level of this 13-day expedition is quite active.

Participants must be able to climb into and out of light aircraft, safari vehicles, and boats un-aided. Also, they must be able to climb up and down stairs without a railing. They should be capable of leisurely paddling a kayak, of walking up to 5 miles at an easy pace sometimes over uneven, rough terrain, and be able to withstand hard riding four-wheel-drive vehicles that travel over dirt roads and sometimes rough, bumpy ground. Those choosing to participate in gorilla trekking should be prepared to hike 3-4 hours through rainforest in heat and humidity. All travelers must be in good health and prepared for travel in places without medical facilities.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers on this expedition.

Health Information

Your expedition planner will include detailed health information including a list of current requirements and recommendations for both countries featured on this expedition.  Here is a summary of mandatory vaccines and key recommended medications:

  • The countries on this itinerary require proof of yellow fever vaccination for border entry. For contraindication, you may present an exemption letter from a doctor explaining the medical reason for not administering the vaccine.
  • Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this expedition.
  • All travelers must submit a physician-completed pre-trip screening for tuberculosis, measles and polio in order to protect primates from these diseases.

Complete, up-to-date information by country can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Climate & Seasonality

We will be traveling close to the equator in a rainforest characterized by a tropical climate with moderately high temperatures, and humidity above 70%. For the destinations on this trip, average daytime temperatures will be in the low 90s Fahrenheit and average lows will be around 70F. The average rainfall for the month of March is 4-5 inches. Elevation is approximately 1,000 feet.

International Travel Requirements

For this expedition, your passport must be valid though the end of September 2024 with 3 blank visa pages remaining at the start of the trip. You will require an advance printed visa for Republic of the Congo. U.S. citizens will have to surrender their passports during the visa application process and detailed visa instructions will be provided to assist you with this process.


HRH will provide you with complimentary membership to MEDJETAssist for the duration of the trip. Should you become hospitalized during the trip, MEDJET will arrange medical transportation to a home-country hospital of your choice for inpatient care.

To protect your travel investment, we recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance through a provider of your choice.   Most policies include a waiver of Pre-existing Medical Condition Exclusion if insurance is purchased within 21 days of the initial trip payment.

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