Based in The Republic of Congo. Inspired by the Aspinall Foundation and Ian Redmond
This unique journey has been inspired by the Aspinall Foundation and leading conservationist Ian Redmond. Ten guests will be given very special access to remote corners of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) in order to understand the plight of Western Lowland gorillas through the eyes of some of the most respected researchers, trackers and gorilla conservationists in the world.
“This is the first time Aspinall and Wilderness have been brought together for a very special chance to see Western Lowland gorilla conservation at its best”.
The Aspinall Foundation has been working with local partners to protect gorillas in the Batéké Plateau since 1987. Years of hard work and experience has helped to slow down the rapid decline of these critically endangered animals. Frederic Marchand, the project’s head coordinator will personally receive this small group for two nights at their camp and research station and give you the best possible chance to see the very primates they are protecting.
In August 2012 lodge operator Wilderness opened two new eco-sensitive luxury camps in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. The focus is on responsible tourism as a way to spread the message for these gorillas both globally and locally.
Ian Redmond is the leading primate conservationist specially brought in for this trip. He will travel with you throughout your stay and give an in-depth experience of Western Lowland gorillas in the reserve. This is the first time Aspinall and Wilderness have been brought together for a very special chance to see Western Lowland gorilla conservation at its best and without foregoing top-level comfort along the way.
You’ll witness gorilla trackers seeking out these extraordinary primates and learn some of the skills involved as you follow closely behind. Of course, these are wild animals and sightings can never be guaranteed. However, what we can guarantee is that you will be in the hands of people who have dedicated their lives to protecting these beautiful animals.
This is a very real and very raw experience of gorilla conservation deep in the rainforest. We only recommend this journey for those who are keen to spend days walking, kayaking and exploring in pursuit of these majestic primates. This is an adventure unlike any other and a rare chance to dive miles off the tourist trail and into something untouched by modern life.
– A visit to the Aspinall Foundation gorilla research station
– Travel with expert conservationist, Ian Redmond
– Gorilla tracking deep in pristine rainforest
– Sundowners at sunset followed by exhilarating night rides