Bordered by Cameroon to the west, Chad to the north, Sudan to the east and the Congos to the south, this former French colony’s most accessible wildlife is within the southwestern expanse of rainforest within Dzanga-Sangha National Park, located near the border with Cameroon and the Congos. A glimpse into a world that has remained unstirred by the modern world in which we live, here you will experience the local Ba’Aka pygmy community, an ethnic group that leads a traditional life within the forested jungle and that is only witnessed first-hand by a relatively small number of adventurous travellers. As part of the Sangha Tri-National Park, it was established in 1990 covering 6,865 miles of virgin forest.
Venturing into the forest thickets accompanied by local Ba’Aka trackers the wildlife you could encounter includes lowland gorillas, forest elephants and other animals, including bongo and sitatunga antelopes, mangabey monkeys, forest buffalos and a variety of bird species from the 379 species currently listed. Endemic species such as the Dzanga robin and rare Hartlaub duck may be seen, as well as numerous raptors and water birds. The forest clearings or ‘bais’ tend to present the highlight of a Central African Republic wildlife safari, so our local experts spend the majority of time observing and tracking in these prime areas.
With one of the only habituated family of lowland gorillas in Africa, Dzanga Sangha is increasingly becoming a popular gorilla tracking safari destination in the continent.