Protecting an expanse of forest covering 13,600 square kilometres, Odzala Kokoua forms part of the Congo Basin but also overlaps Gabon and Central African Republic. The habitats of the park are wide-ranging, from forests and mashes to rivers and swamps. The north generally comprises more dense forest and steep hills, whilst the south has areas of savannah plains and forest islands. The many ‘Bais’ or swampy grassy zones found within the park are home to an impressive quota of flora and fauna. These salines attract animals who are drawn to the water and minerals found in the clearings. They therefore represent some of the best opportunities for sightings of some of the endemic wildlife found within the park.
Some of the most popular animals here are the lowland gorillas and forest elephants, but with over 100 mammal species in total there is plenty of other interesting wildlife. With a total of 11 diurnal primate species including the moustached monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey and guereza colobus, this is the highest number to be found in any central African forest. Birders too will not be disappointed, with a total of 430 species including black guinea fowl, grey parrot and forest swallow.