Central African Republic: public holidays

The Central Africa’s Best Kept Secret tours are not effected by the public holidays in Gabon. However, it is worth taking note of them, as everything else closes on these days – banks, shops and government offices.

Dates Public Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 29 Boganda’s Remembrance Day; Easter Monday
May 1 Labor Day
June 30 National Prayer Day
August 13 Independence Day
August 15 Assumption
November 1 All Saint’s Day
December 1 National Day
December 25 Christmas


The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is part of a larger protected area, that crosses the border to Congo and Cameroon. It is the second largest rainforest area on earth. The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is part of the Sangha River Tri-National Protected Area (STN).


The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the south of the Central African Republic  is the only place where it is possible to go gorilla tracking in central Africa. Not to forget the elephant bais – clearings in the jungle – where it is possible to view 30 – 100 elephants mudbathing and feeding.


The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve has a tropical climate, with lots of rainfall throughout the year. However, it does not limit tourist activities, as there are sufficient periods without rain.The best travel period is between December and March.


Due to its status as a special reserve, Dzanga-Sangha presents an experience rarely offered by protected areas in Africa: the discovery of the traditional way of life of human forest populations.