- Viewing Forest Elephants
- Mangabey tracking
- BaÁka pygmy activities
- Dzanga Bai visit
- Boat trip – Valley of the Giants OR to the waterfall
- Gorilla Trekking
(11 Day / 10 Night)
Lowland gorillas, Forest elephants and Baka pygmies
10 night/11 day set departure to the rainforests of Central Africa
This journey to the heart of Africa’s rainforests is designed for the intrepid traveller and wildlife enthusiast who is interested in maximising the opportunity of experiencing two of the iconic activities (Gorilla trekking and Dzanga Bai) and time along the Sangha River.
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 eleven days / ten nights at Sangha Lodge on a full board basis (all meals included).
DAY 02: GORILLAS
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.
The Park administration has fixed a minimum age of 16.
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.
DAY 04: BA’AKA HUNTERS
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.
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 07/08/09 and 10
Extra 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, birding, butterfly watching 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 11: WEDNESDAY
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. Please note that the CAR airport departure tax of 10,000.00 CFA is excluded & will have to be paid direct in cash upon departure.
2019 SCHEDULED DEPARTURES
21 Apr – 01 May
02 – 12 June
29 Sep – 9 Oct ** price still to be confirmed **