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

Dzanga-Sangha Extension from Odzala



5 Days

Prices Start from

£4,600pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller

Combine Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve with Odzala National Park, thanks to new flight and boat connections. Staying at Sangha Lodge, visit the incomparable Dzanga Bai, venture into the forest with the Ba’Aka and meet pangolin researchers.

This trip is not designed as a standalone experience, but rather as an extension that complements time in Odzala National Park. For example, it fits perfectly with our Congo – Western Lowland Gorilla Trekking holiday idea. Both of these trips can easily be extended or tailored, within the confines of what logistics allow.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Bull elephants stand off, Dzanga Bai, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic 1

Dzanga Bai

Watch forest elephants dig for salt-rich soil in Dzanga Bai.

White-bellied pangolin, Central African Republic 2


Meet pangolin researchers and set out in search of the three pangolin species that live here

Ba'Aka trackers, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic 3

Ba'Aka Communities

Join the Ba’Aka – the traditional inhabitants of this dense forest – on foot.

Gorilla, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic 4

Gorillas and Mangabeys

Add on a lowland gorilla or habituated mangabey trek.

Why we like it

There are few places on earth quite like Dzanga-Sangha and this should be justification enough to visit. Unfortunately, with the political situation in CAR, it has become increasingly isolated and hard to reach. However, thanks to the new flights between here and Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, access has once again opened up. This extension allows you to avoid Bangui, whilst also combining Dzanga-Sangha with the riches of Odzala – another of Central Africa’s last-surviving wildernesses.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Odzala National Park - Kabo - Dzanga Sangha
  • Day 2
    Dzanga Sangha
  • Day 3
    Dzanga Sangha
  • Day 4
    Dzanga Sangha
  • Day 5
    Dzanga Sangha - Kabo - Odzala National Park

Now for the details

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

Dzanga Bai

The highlight of any visit to Dzanga-Sangha is undoubtedly time spent at Dzanga Bai – renowned as one of the largest and most active bais in the Congo Basin. This ancient bai – or forest clearing – is visited by a number of jungle species, including forest buffalos, sitatunga, red river hogs, bongos and western lowland gorillas.

Forest Elephants, Dzanga-Sangha, Republic of Congo
Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Republic of Congo

Forest Elephants

It is forest elephants for which the bai is most famous. The soil, rich in mineral salts, attracts them in significant numbers, making Dzanga Bai one of the best places to spot forest elephants in Central Africa. A research platform (with a thatched roof) faces the bai, perfectly placed for you to sit and wait for the wildlife to come. If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to meet researcher Andrea Turkalo, who has dedicated her life to monitoring these threatened elephants.

Ba'Aka people, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic
Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic

Ba'Aka Communities

Time in Dzanga-Sangha also offers the chance to spend time with Ba’Aka people, who are the original inhabitants of Central Africa’s forests. Surviving in hunter-gatherer communities, their lifestyle has changed little over the past few millennia. Joining them on a hunt and exploring the forest with them is a privilege and a chance to learn about their way of life, which is – sadly – fast disappearing.

Agile mangabey, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic
Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic

Gorilla and Mangabey Trekking

This five-day trip makes the most of the limited time, focussing on the bai, the Ba’Aka and the forest. However, it is also possible to trek for either western lowland gorillas or agile mangabeys. A further three days can easily be added to include these activities, and still tie in with the scheduled flights. Or we can look at replacing one of the forest walks with a gorilla or mangabey trek. Time at Sangha Lodge is flexible so it can be tailored to fit your interests.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Sangha Lodge £££££

  • Central African Republic
  • Safari and Wildlife 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.” And what a home. A handful of simple wooden bungalows on the banks of the Sangha River with a small deck from where you can sit and watch fishermen drift past as the sun sets over a remote tropical jungle.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £4,600 Per person

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