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, in densities described as unique.
A small piece of paradise
Visitors to the Dzanga-Sangha area with its numerous forest clearings are guaranteed viewing of forest species such as forest elephants, sitatunga and forest buffalo. The protected areas are also a bird watcher’s paradise and an area rich in lowland gorillas and bongo, the largest species of forest antelope. The richness of this landscape not only includes animals but also includes the tropical forrest.
The charm and the friendliness of the local population also adds to the charisma of this area making the part of CAR a small piece of paradise or “the last authentic Eden of the African continent” as a journalist wrote in the November 3, 2001 edition of France Soir.
Far from turbulence
The Central African Republic (CAR) is surrounded by Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo. After gaining independence in 1960, the country suffered many years of misrule and unrest, mainly in the north. Since 2005, the government is taking steps to restore order and to move towards stability.
Far from the turbulence in the northern prefectures and close to the town of Bayanga lies the Dzanga-Sangha reserve. The reserve encompasses an area of more than 4,000 km2. Two central parts of the reserve are the Dzanga and Ndoki sectors, which together constitute the Dzanga Ndoki National Park.
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.