Dzanga Sangha National Reserve
The park is entirly covered in lowland rainforest, and is situated adjacent to the Sangha River—a major tributory of the Congo River.
Flora and fauna
Large mammals include, the Western Lowland Gorillas, Forest elephants, Forest Buffalos, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Red River Hog, Chimpanzee, a host of Monkey species, Sitatungas and a number of duiker species.
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 uncomercialised or changed by modern tourism and most outside influences.
From Bangui the Captal Of the Central African Republic. 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. we recomend this drive in 2 legs with a stopover at N'gotto, a national park project with very comfortable accomodation at Encampment Le Buffel Rouge. The trip can be done in one very long days 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, aproximatly 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. From Brazzaville, capital of the Rep.of Congo, it is possible to fly from Brazzaville to Ouesso in the north of the country on a sheduled Trans-Air Congo flight, and from there with the proper prior arrangments 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.
COST OF ACTIVITIES 2009 Park Activities
National Park entrance fees 15000FCFA per pers per day Visit To Dsangha Bai 30000FCFA Per Person Gorilla Tracking 10000 CFA Per pers per track. Mangabey Tracking 20000 FCFA per person Saline Walk 10000 FCFA per pers. Combined Saline walk and Mangabey tracking 25000 FCFA Per pers.
Community Activities In FCFA Per person Per activity Minimum Cost
Net Hunting with the Ba'aka 10000 FCFA PP 25000FCFA Crossbow Hunting with the Ba'aka 2500 FCFA 15000FCFA Medicinal plant collecting with the Ba'aka 5000 FCFA 20000FCFA Ba'aka cooking, an Interactive demonstration 2500 FCFA 15000FCFA Traditional music and dance with the Ba'aka 5000 FCFA 30000FCFA Hut Construction, an Interactive demonstration 5000 FCFA 15000FCFA
Curently there are 2 lodges, Sangha Lodge and Doli Lodge. 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. Doli Lodge, far larger, situated adjacent to the village of Bayanga is ideal for those who like to visit the local villages. To book Email [email protected] or [email protected]
Contrary to all acounts of travel in Centarl african republic, there have been no seriuos threats to safety of travellers in The Dzangha Sangha special reserve, although caution should be taken if travelling in by road from Bangui. The popular routes in are the upriver from Cameroons and from Rep.of Congo.