Ngaga Camp is a delightful camp of six rooms that rests in a glade within primary forest above the Ngaga Stream and within the home range of several lowland gorilla groups. Ngaga Camp rests in a glade in the heart of pristine primary rainforest with each raised room offering views into the surrounding canopy. The dining room, lounge and bar area are all on raised decks at the crest of the glade looking into and above the primary rainforest. They are constructed from natural material including locally woven raffia palm panels. A star deck and fire pit are placed on a dropped deck below the main area for after-dinner relaxation while a separate deck is located at a natural swimming spot on the Ngaga Stream below camp.
Activities at Ngaga Camp include gorilla tracking in the Ndzehi Forest, walking the Ndzehi Forest trails (both at day and at night) and swimming the Ngaga stream.
Gorilla tracking in Ndzehi Forest
As a result of the work done by gorilla researchers Dr Magda Bermejo and German Illera, habituated gorilla groups can be tracked and observed in the area around Ngaga Camp. In the extended area, there are no fewer than seven groups totalling more than 100 individual gorillas. Two of these
groups are able to be accessed by our guests. Tracking takes place on foot with one of the Wilderness Safaris guides and a skilled local tracker, with tracking excursions departing from camp and following the tracks and sign of the animals until they are located. Tracking expeditions do not cover enormous distances and usually range in length from 1km to 8km (0.5 to 5 miles) over undulating country. The undergrowth can be thick, however, and including the time spent with a gorilla group, excursions can last between 2 and 7 hours.
Although every effort is made, gorilla viewing is not guaranteed and tracking may be affected by factors such as rain and local population dynamics.
Walking the Ndzehi Forest trails
The terra firme primary rainforests of the Ngaga area offer a completely different walking experience to the swampy forest area at Lango. Relaxed walks along the well-maintained trail system are great for birding and finding some of the spectacular forest species. Guereza colobus and crowned
monkeys are regularly seen while other species also occur. The density of chimpanzees in the area is very high with nest sites being regularly seen while tracking gorillas. The noisy screams and hoots of this species are often heard while in the forest, or even from Ngaga Camp itself, but it requires
some good fortune to glimpse our closest relatives in the thick forest. Forest squirrels, elaborately-built termite castles, myriad birds and spectacular butterflies all make walking here an incredible nature experience.
Walking the Ndzehi Forest trails at night
It is possible to occasionally venture out on the forest trails after dark in search of the forest’s most secretive inhabitants. Nocturnal primates are well epresented. Along with the more familiar Galagos (Demidoff’s, Thomas’s and elegant needle-clawed), two really bizarre and unique creatures are occasionally seen: the potto and the angwantibo. These slow-moving prosimians are tricky to find, but once located often offer really good viewing. Shy forest duikers and palm civets are also occasionally encountered as is Africa’s largest bat, the hammer bat, and the charismatic red-chested owlet.
Swimming the Ngaga Stream
After a hot day’s gorilla tracking, the clear, cool and fresh waters of the Ngaga Stream below camp offer a blissful experience. A short, shaded stroll from the camp brings one to an idyllic stream where natural pools wash away the rigours of a day in the jungle. A comfortable wooden deck on the edge of the stream can be built to provide an alternate place to spend the middle of the day, either cooling off or enjoying watching the forest birdlife.
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