This is our off beat and unique safari to Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic. Divided into two sectors – the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve and the Ndoki Reserve, the park’s highlights include net hunting with the Ba-Aka pygmies, viewing forest elephant and tracking western lowland gorilla. There’s also an astonishing array of birds and the striking bongo antelope in these central rain forests. This is a very special and pretty much undiscovered destination.
During the expedition we’ll visit the Dzanga Bai. This is a large forest clearing with a viewing platform on the edge of the Bai and it’s here that some 4000 elephants have been spotted over the last few years. Other species seen are forest buffalo, giant forest hogs, also gorillas and bongos.
A dense rainforest and home to incredible wildlife. The Dzanga-Ndoki Park is over 4000 sq km and the best way to access the area is via Cameroon, South Africa or Kenya. The park is close to the borders of Cameroon and Congo in the south-western part of the Central African Republic. Finally, the park is home to many species of primates including the grey cheeked mangabey and chimpanzee.
The Dzanga-Ndoki Expedition is a group safari so all travel and activities will be shared. Although private trips can be arranged for a minimum of 4 guests if you prefer to travel in a smaller more intimate group.
We also run a similar expedition to the Congo – so take a look our Odzala-Kokoua Safari or see our full range of primate safaris
(Congo bai courtesy Tim Henshall)
|Day 1 - Bangui - Bayanga Airstrip||Depart Bangui M'Poko International Airport on your scheduled charter flight to Bayanga. You'll be met on arrival. Road transfer to to Dzanga-Sangha in time for sundowners.|
|Day 2 - Dzanga-Ndoki National Park - gorilla trekking||Gorilla trekking-depart for Bai Hoku research camp (approx. 1 hour drive). On arrival depart with the tracking team; a Ba’Aka forest tracker and WWF researcher to track the gorillas.|
|Day 3 - Bai Hoku gorilla trekking||Gorilla trekking-depart for Bai Hoku research camp (approx. 1 hour drive). On arrival depart with the tracking team; a Ba’Aka forest tracker and WWF researcher to track the gorillas.|
|Day 4 - Dzanga Bai - forest elephant hike||Forest hike and elephants of Dzanga Bai - drive into the rainforest for leisurely hike along the elephant paths, through cool shallow sand streams surrounded by butterflies. Sangha Lodge for dinner.|
|Day 5 - Ba'aka net hunting and forest gathering||Join a group of Ba’aka net hunters as they go about their daily gathering. It's fascinating to see how well adapted and at home these people are in the forest.|
|Day 6 - Boating and waterfalls||Head upriver by boat, hike to a series of amazing waterfalls with incredible views over prime rain forest canopy. Possible sightings of the rare and endangered Grey-necked Rock fowl.|
|Day 7 - Mangabey trekking with picnic lunch||A day in the park - picnic lunch. Walk in the forest clearings, lookout for buffalos, elephants and several monkey species. Visit a group of habituated monkeys; the Agile Mangabey.|
|Day 8 - Depart for Bangui Airport||This morning you will be transferred to Bangui Airport for your international flight home.|
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.