Congo – A Wilderness Waiting to be Explored
Deep in the dense Congo rainforest, there exists a place where time and space seem to be suspended. A place so exotic and unspoiled, a rainforest so remote and reviving that it seems both timeless and serenely apart from the spinning world we call home. This vast region of the Congo Basin contains the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon.
Odzala-Kokoua National Park (PNOK) in north-western Congo is a vast green wilderness and one of Africa’s oldest national parks covering some 13 600 square kilometres of pristine rainforest.
Sheltered in these forests, rivers, marshes and swamps, this vast and truly wild region, with its wide range of landscapes and habitat, is home to an incredible diversity of life. Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant For¬est Hog and Hippopotamus live alongside the greatest density of Western Lowland Gorilla in Africa, the highest numbers of Chimpanzee yet recorded for any central African forest block, and a further nine diurnal and five nocturnal primates. Clouds of spectacular but¬terflies are characteristic of the region, whilst close to 440 bird species have been recorded here.
The trees are spectacular: ancient giants well over 50 metres tall emerge from the canopy, delicate orchids cling to the branches and the forest floor is littered with an incred¬ible array of pods, fruits, flowers and fungi.
The Congo – most certainly a wilderness awaiting exploration!
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