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Rustic: Odzala Camps, Republic of the Congo

With only western lowland gorillas, forest elephants, and a handful of Pygmy tribes to call it home, northern Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua rain forest—the second largest in the world—has remained unexplored by travelers. Now Wilderness Safaris is pulling back the curtain on one of Africa’s next great safari destinations with the region’s first high-end camp. Two environmentally minded lodges—Lango, on the edge of the savanna, and Ngaga, set deep in the rain forest—consist of 12 elevated tree-house suites constructed with local bamboo and decorated with Congolese crafts and artifacts. Leather and canvas campaign furniture and wraparound terraces add creature comforts, as does the organic French cuisine. But the real draw is Odzala’s unrivaled access to its wild neighbors, particularly the 20,000 resident gorillas who live just outside your door. odzala-kokoua.com. $$$

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