Nouabale Ndoki National Park
Nouabale Ndoki National Park is situated in the northern part of the republic of Congo on 4000 square kilometers land, the Mbeli Bay area is home to primates such as the endangered lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and mustached guenon monkeys. The park plays host to over 300 different bird species and the important species are the eagles, hawks, owls, scavenging vultures, and wading herons, There are also the rare African forest elephant, forest buffalo, leopard, bongo, and blue duiker. Crocodiles and blood-sucking insects are also part of the forest’s species
The park is one part of the Congo Basin Sangha River Tri-national Protected area (STN), the two others being Dzanga Sangha Special Reserve in Central African Republic and Lobéké National Park in Cameroon. Gorilla trekking here is extremely remote, and poaching still prolific, so it is important to support their preservation through tourism.
Activities in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is such a place where you can engage in several adventure activities. Check out the full list of things to do in the park.
This is the main activity where you enter the forest on foot following with a team of Pygmy master-trackers whose daily task is to track the endangered western lowland gorillas at Mbeli bay, this comes with a reward of seeing other primates and numerous birds. Mbeli has got some raised platforms where you can silently enjoy viewing of gorillas, tourists an also view other primates common in this area such as; mustached monkey, black and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked Mangebay and crowned Guenon among the rest.
Avid bird-watchers will not be disappointed on Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park safari as there are more than 300 species birds recorded in the park with particular sights of the hawk, owl, heron, scavenging vultures, eagles, parrots among others.
Some of the activities that you can enjoy include guided forest walks, Bai hiking trails to the Baka pygmies that live in the forest area who have an interesting tradition and culture that you many be interested to explore and get to know why and how these people have survived in this densely forested area for centuries.
Fishing is another adventure for tourist visiting Nouabalé-Ndoki National park and the people/ villages on the banks of Sangha River and they include perch, catfish, sunfish, and mud skippers.
Tourists can a take an adventurous boat ride through the swamps with a local pirogue boat this leads you to the Bai where you can take a guided nature walk and encounter wildlife on foot the whole adventure is simply breathtaking.
One of the people that support the protection of the park are the ancient pygmy people who are among the typically forest people on Earth tourists can visit the people and know about their ways of life and how they managed to survive in the forests since long ago.
Nouabale national park supports a variety of wildlife some of which are; forest elephants, chimpanzees, bush pigs, Panthers, western low land gorillas, buffalos, black front backed duikers, crocodiles, turtles, bongos, blue duikers, and Horner’s antelopes among others