A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
OF ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK,
REPUBLIC OF CONGO
A female western lowland gorilla climbs a tree in search of fruit. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
A shy forest elephant wades through the river before disappearing into the forest. ©Sophie Smith
Musanga cecropioidesis. Odzala-Kokoua National Park is one of the world’s most botanically diverse areas, with more than 4,400 plant species. ©Sophie Smith
A young female western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
Great blue turaco. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
Black and white colobus monkeys with a new addition to the family. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford
African green pigeons descend en masse to feed at the mineral-rich bai. ©Sophie Smith
Left: Cleome afrospina. Right: Delicate fungus grows from piles of elephant dung. ©Sophie Smith
An African crowned eagle takes flight. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
A mother and her infant western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
African forest buffalo are a common sight on the banks of the marshy bai. ©Sophie Smith
Pygmy hunters prepare nets towards which they chase small forest animals such as duikers, hogs and rodents. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
A guide photographs the gnarled bark of an ancient tree. ©Sophie Smith
Grey parrots congregate on the bai to ingest the mineral rich soil. ©African Parks/Pete Oxford.
A young western lowland gorilla. ©African Parks/Michael Viljoen
SOPHIE SMITH is a Cape Town based photojournalist who works for African safari experts, go2africa. With a background in journalism, education and marketing, she aims to use her photography to bring awareness to humanitarian and conservation causes around the world, but particularly in Africa. She also dabbles in wedding photography and portraiture but when she isn’t taking photos she loves road-tripping adventures with her husband, rock climbing, hiking, long runs and quality time with friends (especially when there is good food involved). Sophie visited Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo to photograph and write our main feature, THE LIVING FOREST. Sophie’s images can also be enjoyed in the gallery, THINGS YOU FIND IN THE FOREST.
A special thanks goes to African Parks, particularly Cynthia Walley, Guillaume Le Flohic, and Carien Soldatos who helped us put this issue together by donating their valuable time, information and imagery.