Why gorilla safaris in the C.A.R are totally unique

As its name would suggest, Central African Republic sits landlocked in the heart of Africa and is mainly comprised of savannah plateau and southern equatorial forest. As a destination it is relatively undiscovered, but for the more adventurous and pioneering traveller it offers an original experience that is distinctly African. 

Setting foot inside this mysterious country is certain to give a unique cultural insight and some of the most rewarding wildlife encounters in the continent, in what is a magnificently low-key destination.

Pristine wildlife

Boasting some of the most pristine parks and reserves in Africa, the scenery and wildlife of the CAR can leave you speechless. On the border area with Cameroon and Congo, the luscious Dzanga-Sangha National Park is home to some of Central African Republic’s last spots of untouched virgin rainforest. The area is also home to some of the most endangered animal species.

Lowland gorillas, black rhino, chimpanzees and jungle elephants are all found in Dzanga-Sangha and the fees here are channelled back into the conservation of the reserve.

CAPITAL LIFE & PYGMY COMMUNITIES

The capital city Bangui, characterised by tropical greenery and resting beside River Ubangi, is home to various attractions such as the St Paul Mission, cathedral and Boganda Museum.  The central market is colourful, effervescent and is well-known for its tribal art and quality malachite necklaces.  The Grande Corniche is an excellent riverside spot to catch views of the fishermen’s huts and canoes on the banks of the Ubangi. Southwest of Bangui you will find the village of M'Baïki, home to tobacco, timber and coffee plantations and whose surrounding rainforests are home to indigenous pygmy communities where residents average just 4 feet in height. 

With a rich cultural tapestry that includes over 80 ethnic groups and religions ranging from Muslim to Christian, there are ample opportunities to view people from very contrasting walks of life. Visiting some of the local villages and communities that are home to Ba’Aka pygmies can involve real cultural interaction at its most engaging. The pygmies occupy a narrow band of tropical rainforest that straddles the equator and they are the largest group of hunter-gatherers in the world today. The people of CAR are both resilient and friendly and whilst their official language is Sango, French is also widely spoken in this captivating country.

Towards the border with Cameroon in Bouar, megaliths and burial mounds that date back thousands of years hint to a rich history and civilisation and stir the interests of archaeologists.

Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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