Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve

Forest elephants in the national park

Dzanga Sangha National Reserve is in Southwest Region of Central African Republic.

Understand

The park is entirely covered in lowland rainforest and is situated adjacent to the Sangha River — a major tributary of the Congo River. Together with Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of the Congo and Lobéké National Park in Cameroon they constitute the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sangha Trinational.

Flora and fauna

Large mammals include the western lowland gorillas, forest elephants, forest buffaloes, bongo, giant forest hog, red river hog, chimpanzee, a host of monkey species, sitatungas and a number of duiker species.

Get in

Travel within Central Africa is not as scary as it sounds but it is within Central Africa where you will find Africa in its raw form, completely uncommercialised or changed by modern tourism and most outside influences.

From Bangui Travel down to Bayanga by car from Bangui is one of the many routes to get to Dzanga Sangha and Sangha Lodge. Vehicles can be hired with drivers from one of several operators in Bangui. A stopover at N'gotto, a national park project with very comfortable accommodation at Encampment Le Buffel Rouge, is recommended. The trip can be done in one very long day's driving and with an early departure from Bangui in good conditions you can easily arrive before dark. It is also possible to charter a small aircraft from Bangui to Bayanga, approximately 1 hours flight and cost dependent on the aircraft size are from $3500 upwards. Aircraft charters must be arranged well prior to your expected dates of departure. Approximate prices for aircraft rental for two trips (one to drop off, one to pick up...unless you plan to stay for less than a day):

From Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo. It is possible to fly from Brazzaville to Ouesso in the north of the country on a scheduled Trans-Air Congo flight, and from there with the proper prior arrangements the Sangha lodge boat can collect you and transfer you upriver to the lodge. This is our most popular route for this trip.

From Yaounde or Douala, in Cameroon it is possible to travel overland with a stopover in the towns of Bertoua and Yakadouma to Lebongo on the Sangha river where with prior arrangement the Sangha lodge boat can collect you and transfer you upriver to the lodge.

From Libreville in Gabon It is possible to charter a plane directly to Bayanga, or to Ouesso and from there transfer to Bayanga By the Sangha Lodge Pirogue.

Fees/Permits

Cost of Activities (July 2011-June 2013)

Park Activities

Community Activities

Vehicle Hire

Get around

4X4 Vehicles can be rented from a host of small, independent operators in Bayanga. The average cost is around 100 euros per day which includes a driver, but excludes fuel. Fees for vehicle hire in the park are listed above.

Pirogues, [small motorised wooden boats} can be rented from Sangha Lodge for travel to and from either Cameroon or The Republic Of Congo.

Do

Ba'aka Activities

Drink

Palm wine, a local specialty, is available at local bars.

Sleep

Lodging

Curently there are 2 lodges:

Sangha Lodge is situated on the banks of the Sangha river in the heart of the forest, and is a quiet and relaxing camp from which to base yourself. reservations@sanghalodge.com

Doli Lodge, far larger, situated adjacent to the village of Bayanga is ideal for those who like to visit the local villages. The kitchen sometimes features a buffet of tasty African dishes.

Stay safe

Contrary to all accounts of travel in Central African Republic, there have been no serious threats to safety of travelers in the Dzangha-Sangha National Reserve, although caution should be taken if traveling in by road from Bangui.

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