Expedition to the depths of the Central African jungles
Tele Lake is located in the heart of the jungles of the Republic of Congo, Africa, in one of the most unexplored corners of our planet. A true jewel of nature.
In this prospective expedition towards Lake Tele, we will enter on foot a remote area of very difficult access, since the lake is surrounded by swampy areas.
During the 6 days on foot that we will cross these jungles on foot, we will have to overcome many surprises that could arise in the way.
The community reserve of Lake Tele has an enormous concentration of animals and the highest density of gorillas in all of Africa. And although it is not always easy to see animals in this area, you have to keep in mind that having encounters with the different fauna of the Lac Tele Community Reserve (gorillas, chimpanzees, snakes, etc.) could lead to unpredictable situations.
To be part of this expedition you must be in good physical and psychological shape. You have to be able to withstand extreme and stressful conditions. Food will be absolutely basic. The water will be the one we find in the streams or in the vines, and it is possible that in some occasions we will have to camp on humid or wet soils in a very reduced space.
Optionally for travelers who do not wish to do the trek but want to get an idea of this impressive part of the Congo jungle, a canoe route of several days from Epena can be organized.
Lake Tele Community Reserve
The Tele Lake Community Reserve was created in 2001 and is located in the north of Congo. This reserve consists of 70% wetlands, making it the largest swamp forest on the planet. The Lac Télé Community Reserve covers an enormous area of 4400 km2 and is located between the Sangha and Oubangui rivers. During the rainy season, these rivers flood the region's swampy forests and floating grasslands and in turn feed the lakes and ponds with water.
Much of the resources of the 20,000 people living in the 27 towns of the reserve depend on the Lac Télé Community Reserve. Deforestation and poaching are some of the challenges faced by the conservationist societies working in the Tele Lake Community Reserve. This is one of the realities that we will have the opportunity to get to know in this expedition. The Tele Lake Community Reserve is managed by the Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF) in association with WCS Congo.
We continue our journey from Congo to DRC - Zaire
After completing the trek to Lake Tele, we will again take our truck to travel along logging tracks to Ouesso, continuing our journey in the Congo to the south, from where, at a small frontier post on the Congo River, we will cross by boat to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).
Meeting bonobos at Malebo Site, DRC - Zaire
Our trip begins in Congo - Zaire where we will spend the next 4 or 5 days.
A mixture of forest and savannah, the Malebo community forest is perhaps the most accessible of the Congo-Zaire locations where it is possible to see wild bonobos.
The WWF organisation, which manages Malebo, has developed an ecotourism initiative called Picbou. Three groups of bonobos have become habituated in the region.
One of the special characteristics of Malebo Site is the existence of large populations of bonobos alongside human settlements, which is not very common.
For the Bateke, the majority people of this region, eating bonobo meat is taboo, as bonobos are considered to be their ancestors and therefore human beings.