Gorilla, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic

Dzanga Sangha

The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is a jewel in the crown of the Northwest Congolese Lowland Forest Ecoregion and a WWF Global 200 site that spans parts of Gabon, the Congo Republic, Cameroon, C.A.R and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The reserve is home to one of the African continent’s largest intact forest elephant populations, western lowland gorillas, 16 of the country’s 20 primate species, hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species and is also home to the Ba’Aka community, indigenous hunter-gatherers whose knowledge of the forest is extraordinary.

Spending time here is like stepping back in time. It is also a great place to see the elusive bongo, one of Africa’s rarest antelopes.

View of the river, Sangha Lodge, Dzanga Sangha
Sangha Lodge, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic

Sangha Lodge

Sangha Lodge is a labour of love. Having guided tours for Steppes to the region for a number of years, Rod fell in love with the region and moved out there permanently – as he says himself, “This is home to me.”

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Bull elephants stand off, Dzanga Bai, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic
Central African Republic

Central African Republic – Dzanga Sangha Adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Africa’s most illustrious explorers to the wilds of the Congo Basin, where lowland gorillas and forest elephants outnumber tourists, the dark forests are ablaze with giant butterflies and Ba’Aka tribes hunt and sing in the shadows.

8 days

from £6,325 pp

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White-bellied pangolin, Central African Republic

Meet Pangolin Researchers

Meet the people doing vital work to help conserve this heavily trafficked animal. There are three species of pangolins that survive in Dzanga-Sangha – long-tailed pangolins, tree pangolins and giant pangolins.

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Lowland Gorilla, Bai Hokou with trackers, Dzanga Sangha Reserve, Central African Republi

Track Forest Wildlife

Go in search of western lowland gorillas and forest elephants in untouched forests.

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Ba'Aka people, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic

Visit Ba’Ka Communities

Join a thrilling net hunting trip with the Ba’Ka community – not for the squeamish.

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Bongo antelope, Dzanga Bai, Dzanga Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic

Visit Dzanga Bai

Spend the day at the raised observation platform that looks out over Dzanga Bai. Watch forest elephants dig for salt-rich soil.

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25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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