Sangha Lodge in Dzanga-Sangha National Park is the only place in Central African Republic where we currently organize trips. It is a unique experience and offers some incredible forest wildlife viewing and genuine jungle experience. A 1 week itinerary will allow you a good experience of what the forest holds. If you are a mammal twitcher or nature enthusiast do not hesitate to consider a longer trip. Because of its remoteness, do not expect the standards of traditional safari destinations.
Getting to Dzanga-Sangha involves a 1.5hr charter flight from Bangui, the capital of CAR. From there you travel in vehicles to the camp and to the sites from which activities begin. The roads are terrible, but experiencing Dzanga Bai, seeing Lowland gorillas, and the forest is well worth it. A great network of trails from the lodge allow you to wander the forest appreciating an incredible diversity of butterflies and birds. Getting out on the river is also a highly enjoyable and relaxing way to end the day watching the sun go down with a cold drink in hand- and maybe a glimpse of a great bird like grey practincole or Egyptian plover.
Bai Hoku is the location of a research station where Western lowland gorillas are being habituated for tourism (while they are still being habituated, they are already habituated enough to make this experience worthwhile). In addition to the amazing creatures, this part of the forest is also generally very beautiful and will take you through a series of smaller bais with great birding and chances of seeing other wildlife.
Sangha Lodge is situated in the heart of the forest on the picturesque Sangha river. It is a great location to venture into the forest in search of birds and mammals that many have never heard of. Night walks reveal some of the forest’s nocturnal creatures- Potto’s, Galagoes, Anomalures and if you’re lucky White-bellied pangolin. A pangolin rehabilitation project also gives you a great opportunity to see habituated Black-bellied pangolins that have returned to the wild, but are monitored daily by Ba’aka trackers.
The Ba’aka are the indigenous peoples of this region of the Central African rain-forests. While much of their way of life has changed and been assimilated into western influenced culture, they are still people of the forest and exude the joi de vivre of traditional egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies. Spending a morning with them as they travel through the forest on a traditional net hunt, and gather medicinal plants and demonstrate how to build a house gives a glimpse of what life in the forest was like.