Things to see and do in Sangha

Situated on the edge of the Dzangha-Sangha reserve, Sangha lodge has easy access to all activities in the park.

Gorilla Tracking

At sunrise, a team of researchers and pygmy trackers leaves the camp of Bai Hokou to find the nest where the gorillas slept the previous night. As soon as this nest site is found, the team then follows the traces left by the gorillas while moving on and feeding. To do this, one takes elephant paths and narrow trails. Sometimes it takes one or two hours before establishing contact with the gorillas. Once the position is known, it is communicated to the camp by radio so the relief team can set off in the right direction. Encountering the gorillas is not guaranteed, but in previous years nearly 90% of those taking part in this activity have seen gorillas in close proximity.

Observing Forest Elephants

To observe the timid forest elephant in the wild is an experience usually reserved to a limited circle of researchers. At the clearing (saline) of Dzanga Bai in Dzanga-Sangha, visitors have this chance.
Early in the morning, as the grey parrots alight at the Dzanga Bai to savour the mineral-rich grass, emitting their extensive repertoire of whistles and squawks, the first elephants have already laid claim to their choice watering-holes.

From the platform you can observe them while they feed, drink, engage in games of (social) rank and maintain their social bonds.More than 3000 individual elephants have been identified visiting the saline of Dzanga Bai. At the same time, the open clearing allows you to observe other species typically found in the Reserve: sitatunga, buffalo and sometimes bongos, boars and storks.

Hiking around the Saline

By taking elephant paths you are led to these animals’ favoured spots. Often these are clearings and saline, traversed by streams, and kept open by the elephants. With a bit of luck you will not only see elephants and buffalo, but also bongos, monkeys and traces of other animals. The sounds, smells and luminous green of the vegetation create a very unique atmosphere.

Net hunting with Pygmies

Accompany the BaAka pygmies hunting and help with carving up of the game, let the BaAka women show you the medicinal and other plants of use, taste a typical dish of liana leaves with a sauce made from forest nuts, watch how they construct in the forest, in no time at all, a hut to protect against the rain. Getting to know this secret culture is an experience few have known.

Visit to Bayanga Village

The best way to get a glimpse of daily life in Bayanga is a visit to the village with one of our guides. People are more than happy to show you around in their small shops and if you’re lucky they will demonstrate how they produce homemade palm oil wine. The local bar has a nice view over the Sangha River and is a good place to get a taste of the Bayanga spirit.

Music and dance

The essence of the BaAka culture, which has been preserved over the millennia, is mainly expressed in music and dance, serving to maintain their bonds with their gods, spirits and ancestors. Each singer and percussionist chooses his or her own rhythm resulting in a wonderful array of harmony. This universe of movement, rhythm and sound is very difficult to describe – you have to experience it for real.

Presentation by WWF

The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is both extremely beautiful as extremely delicate, the latter due to mining and logging activities in the area, and the fact that natural resources are an important food source for the local population. WWF is the main conservation organisation in the Reserve, and is more than pleased to share their knowledge with you on the protected areas and their activities in the region.

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Elephants at Tassi

CAR people hunting

CAR people

Facilities

Overlooking to the magnificent Sangha river, Sangha lodge has 7 comfortable bungalows located in unspoiled nature.

Things to see and do

Situated on the edge of the Dzangha-Sangha reserve, Sangha lodge has easy access to all activities in the park.

When to go

Temperatures recorded in Bayanga are on average, 24.9°C in July and 29.3°C in April. The best travel period is between December and March.

Central African Republic

One of Central Africa’s best kept secrets, that’s what they call the Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the south of the Central African Republic. This breathtaking reserve is home to large mammals such as forest elephants, forest buffalos, large boars, gorillas and forest antelopes.