- Viewing Forest Elephants
- Mangabey tracking
- BaÁka pygmy activities
- Boat trip – Valley of the Giants OR to the waterfall
- Gorilla Trekking
(8 Day / 7 Night)
Lowland gorillas, Forest elephants and Baka pygmies
7 night/8 day set departure to the rainforests of Central Africa
If the mysterious tropical forests of Africa fascinate you then this is the expedition for you, a journey into the untouched rainforests of Central Africa. This vast region, spanning three countries sparsely populated with Bantu tribes and nomadic groups of pygmies will not disappoint the adventurer and wildlife lover. Dzanga-Sangha lies in the northern section of the Congo Basin.
Large populations of Forest Elephant, Lowland gorillas, 16 of the country’s primate species, hundreds of birds species, frogs, reptiles etc abound in this large reserve. Visit a village of Baáka pygmies and if you want, join them in a hunt for food in the forests. Sangha Lodge works with the Baáka in establishing conservation, especially of Pangolins, but also other small animals common in the bush meat trade. The next few days may be spent visiting Dzanga Bai, trekking lowland gorillas and hunting with the Baáka.
DAY 01: SUNDAY
The tour starts in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where you will be met at the airport and transferred for your charter flight to Bayanga. Flight times and aircraft used to be advised, but are planned to link with the scheduled Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi. Transfer to Sangha Lodge in time for lunch.
Situated on the banks of the Sangha River in the Dzanga-Sangha special reserve, Sangha lodge is the ideal tranquil spot from which to set off on activities within the Dzanga-Sangha National Park, and the perfect most relaxing spot to return to after a long day in the field. The lodge consists of 5 well-appointed bungalows, each with their own en suite bathroom, with hot and cold running water, and flush toilets, and 2 with a shared shower and toilet, giving a total of 7 bungalows.
There is a well-stocked bar with cold beer and drinks, ice is made with Bottled water and is safe to add to your drinks. A small kitchen produces simple yet tasty Western and African foods.
If time permits we will venture out in the afternoon to visit the only habituated Black bellied pangolin in the world, followed by a short afternoon sundowner cruise on the Sangha River.
Spend seven nights at Sangha Lodge on a full board basis (all meals included).
Today you head down to Bai Hokou (+- 90 min drive) where you will spend time tracking a group of Western Lowland Gorillas. Dzanga Sangha and its neighbors in Congo Nouabale-Ndoki National Park and Odzala are the only places in the world where you can find habituated Lowland Gorillas.
DAY 03: DZANGA BAI
Visit to Dzanga Bai. It’s +- 90 mins by vehicle and an hour walk to the viewing platform. Dzanga Bai is a large mineral rich clearing extending 500×250 meters, in the middle of the rainforest, where forest elephants gather in large numbers – averaging 40-100 at any given time – to indulge in drinking the mineral rich waters that bubble up in places in this Bai. This interaction between so many different groups of Forest elephants ensure that no one can ever get bored at this place, while the possibility of some of the other normally shy forest creature like Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Red River Hog, Sitatunga and Forest Buffalos visiting the Bai keep us alert.
Today you head out with a group of Ba’aka net hunters as they go about their daily hunter-gatherer lifestyle. It is fascinating and a joy in itself to see how well adapted and comfortable the Ba’aka are in the forest while you may find it overwhelming and almost intimidating. You will be shown several of their medicinal plants while the hunt goes on in the background, and the excited cheers will alert us if they catch something.
This activity is not contrived and the hunters are there to catch their food so please be aware that some animals may be killed during this time.
DAY 05: RIVER ACTIVITIES AND TREKKING
River activities and trekking. Heading upriver by boat you will hike to a series of waterfalls in the area. These will take us through the best examples of prime rainforest that you would ever see. Apart from the amazingly beautiful waterfalls, you will see some of the most spectacular trees imaginable. Climbing to the top of the falls will provide vistas over the canopy of the forest while the possibility of seeing the extremely rare and endangered Grey-necked rockfowl/ picathartes will excite any birders.
In the evening you may do a night walk near the lodge with the hope of finding some of the more elusive nocturnal animals such as Potto, Thomas’s Galago, Tree Pangolin, African Palm Civet, Frazer’s Eagle Owl, Vermiculated Fishing Owl and several more.
Back into the park today with picnic lunches and you will do a walk around a series of clearings in the forest. The chance of finding buffalos, elephants and several monkey species on this trek are good. You will also visit a group of habituated monkeys called Agile Mangabey and spend some time photographing their interesting antics. This group of habituated monkeys has over 150 members and their fascinating behaviour is part of a long term study in the region.
DAY 07: LEISURE DAY
Leisure day for optional activities, you have these days for optional activities….These can range from repeating any of the earlier activities done at Sangha lodge such as Gorilla tracking, or visits to the Dzanga Bai, or alternatively just relaxing or walking on the several hikes you have laid out in the forest around the lodge. No optional extra activities are included in the tour costs.
DAY 08: SUNDAY
Transfer to Bayanga airstrip for your chartered flight to Bangui. Timings are to be advised but will connect with the Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi.
End of services.
2019 SCHEDULED DEPARTURE DATES
20 – 27 Jan
24 Feb – 03 Mar
17 – 24 Mar
26 May – 02 Jun
30 Jun – 7 Jul
28 Jul – 04 Aug
25 Aug – 01 Sep
22 – 29 Sep
27 Oct – 03 Nov