Central African Republic: people

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.

Experience the mystical forest culture of the BaAka

The reserve is home to the indigenous BaAka Pygmies, who welcome visitors to see their traditional way of life, a hunting and gathering culture that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. Observe village life, accompany them on a net hunting and food foraging outing in the forest. Witness them set up the nets, and if they are successful, the carving up of the game. Let the BaAka women show you the medicinal and other plants of use, and listen to their traditional singing.

The BaAka of the forest

The BaAka Pygmies currently represent approximately one third of the population living in Dzanga-Sangha Reserve. Although their way of life is evolving in today’s context, the BaAka still guard their rich inheritance: spending time doing multiple activities in the forest.

The Aka Hunts

The main forest activity is hunting. This is a cooperating group hunt, involving men, women and children. The nets are rapidly deployed using wood hooks and hunters shouting and punding the undergrowth beat the animals.

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CAR people hunting

Nature

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).

Wildlife

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.

Climate

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.

People

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.