TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN NOUABALÉ-NDOKI NATIONAL PARK
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is situated in the north of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park was created in 1993 to conserve, in its natural state, one of the last examples of an untouched wilderness in the world. Covering an area of just under 4,000 km2, nearly double the size of Luxembourg, the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is one of the largest parks in the forested regions of Central Africa. In 2007 we visited both Dzanga-Ndoki and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Parks and we where thrilled to observe that there were enough infrastructures to offer this wildlife destination to our clients. A unique place in Africa where humans can easily observe western lowland gorillas calmly eating in the same spot as forest elephants is the right image of how things should be in wild Africa. Hopefully, responsible tourism practices will help on protecting jungle paradises such as Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is a member of the Tri-National Sangha complex, currently in the process to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Roundtrips to the other National Parks (Lobeke in Cameroon and Dzanga-Ndoki in Central African Republic) can be organized with ease.
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS OF NOUABALÉ-NDOKI NATIONAL PARK
Mbeli Bai, kingdom of the western lowland gorilla and the forest elephant:Mbeli is a large swampy forest clearing situated in the south-west corner of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. The Mbeli Bai Study is the only long-term demographic study of western lowland gorillas in Africa. Together with neighbouring Odzalá National Park, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is the only known place in Africa where it is possible to observe western lowland gorillas sharing the same natural space with forest elephants, sitatungas, and forest buffaloes. Thanks to the habituation programmes western lowland gorillas are used to the presence of people on observation platforms.
Apart from the great experience of observing western lowland gorillas and forest elephants eating in Mbali Bai, other activities that you can practice are: guided walks across the Rainforest to observe smaller monkeys, birds, and butterflies, hikes around the Bai, and rides along the mighty Sangha River.
Discovering the Baka pygmy culture:The Baka or Bayaka pygmies are one of the most traditional groups in Africa. One of the great experiences of visiting Nouabalé-Ndoki is getting to know their ancestral culture, based in hunting and gathering.
Exploring the Bantu tribal villages on the Nouabalé-Ndoki region: A visit of the small fishing and farming Bantu villages on the outskirts of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is the best way to experience the traditional lifestyle of the local tribal groups.
ORGANISING YOUR TRIP TO NOUABALÉ-NDOKI NATIONAL PARK
From our offices in Douala, Cameroon we organise trips to Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park all year around. Please feel free to contact us at any time.