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About L'ile Du Buffle Rouge

About L'ile Du Buffle Rouge

Literally translated as the ‘island of the Ox Red’, this adventurous camp is located on the edge of the forest in Ngotto, Lobaye. Right by the rapids, here it is possible to see red forest buffalo, bongos, duikers and, a little rarer, forest elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees.

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A rustic and intimate African camp with a strong focus on forest and wildlife


In the Ngotto area, within 820,000 hectares of buffer zone of the Mbaéré-Bodingué National Park, north of Lobaye and west of the village of  N'Dembé; three quarters rainforest and the rest is savannah forest. Access is via car and ferry.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the 6 huts has a bedroom with 2 single beds, a rustic bathroom and a terrace. Accommodation is basic, but adds to the charm and excitement of being in such a remote and inaccessible part of Africa. There is a restaurant, bar and shop, as well as a garden and barn.


Cuisine is made from local produce, mainly sourced from their very own garden, from the mushrooms to the fruit. Food is surprisingly delicious, something you’ll really feel like you’ve earned after a day out exploring in the rainforest.


Safaris here are note easy, sometimes you can barely see more than 30 metres as the forest is so thick, but this just makes it an outstandingly rewarding experience. All trips from the camp are either on foot or canoe with local guides with outstanding knowledge of their surroundings. Track forest elephants and gorillas, learn about the local flora or visit nearby streams and waterfalls. Meet the hippos or discover the monkeys and birds of the ‘flooded forest’. Mountain bikes are available for you to visit neighbouring villages and it is possible to join the local tribe on a net hunt. All excursions, no matter how short, must be accompanied by a guide for your safety.

Responsible Travel

The camp is designed with the preservation of the forest and its residents in mind. Everything is designed using local forest products, including palms and various woods, lighting is produced by oil lamps and solar energy.

Child Policy

You must be over 15 years to track the gorillas so we do not recommend this camp for children

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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