• Lowland Gorilla in the Central African Republic

Itinerary Summary

8 Days
Jan - Nov
Central African Republic
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £5945 Jan - Nov Central African Republic Small Group Safari
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Dzanga Sangha Gorilla Tracking Safari

Track endangered western lowland gorillas, observe forest elephants, bongos, and mangabey monkeys, and join the local Ba'Aka tribe on a net hunt in the dense rainforests of the Dzanga Sangha reserve.

Journey to the rainforests of the remote Dzanga Sangha Reserve on this pioneering safari to the Central African Republic. Dzanga Sangha is one of the few places in the world where you can track habituated western lowland gorillas, and is also home to forest elephants and the elusive bongo antelope. Join the local Ba’Aka people as they hunt and gather medicinal herbs, and trek through pristine rainforest in search of colourful birdlife and mangabey monkeys. Staying in the comfortable yet basic Sangha Lodge, this safari is perfect for adventurous travellers hoping to get off the beaten track for incredible wildlife experiences.


What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Track endangered western lowland gorillas in their natural habitat.
  • Visit the Dzanga Bai to observe large herds of the elusive forest elephant.
  • Experience the lifestyle of the Ba’Aka people on a net hunt.
  • Trek through primary rainforest in search of unique wildlife.

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A pioneering 8-day safari to the remote Dzanga Sangha reserve 
from $7,580 per person sharing, excluding international flights

CAR with Natural World Safaris

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Bangui - Dzanga Sangha Reserve

Today you will arrive into Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your charter flight to the Dzanga Sangha Reserve. Time permitting, you will pay a visit to the world's only habituated black-bellied pangolin, before finishing the day with a cruise along the Sangha River with sundowners.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (L, D)

Day 2

Gorilla Tracking

This morning you will venture into the reserve and head to Bai Houkou, where you will track a group of habituated western lowland gorillas. Dzanga Sangha is one of very few locations in the world where you can track these critically endangered gorillas, and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After your trek, head back to your lodge where the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your surroundings..

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3

Dzanga Bai

Today you will visit Dzanga Bai, a large, mineral-rich, clearing in the rainforest where forest elephants and other wildlife gather to drink. As well as the large herds of forest elephant, you will also have the possibility of spotting other unique wildlife species such as bongo, giant forest hog, red river hog, sitatunga and forest buffalo.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Dzanga Sangha Reserve

Today you will visit a group of the local Ba'Aka people and join them on a net hunt within the forest. This is a fascinating opportunity to experience the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the Ba'Aka, and you will be given a lesson in some of the uses of the medicinal plants that can be found in the reserve.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

Dzanga Sangha Reserve

This morning you will journey upriver by boat deeper into the forest, where you will hike through pristine rainforest to some of the scenic waterfalls found in the reserve. Climb to the top of the waterfalls for extraordinary views over the forest canopy, looking out for birdlife such as the endangered grey-necked rock fowl. In the evening, head back to your lodge where you have the option of joining a night walk in search of the more elusive nocturnal wildlife, including tree pangolins, pottos, African palm civets and several owl species.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6

Dzanga Sangha Reserve

Head back into the reserve today as you search for more wildlife in several forest clearings, including buffalo, forest elephant and monkeys. After enjoying a picnic lunch in the rainforest, you will visit a group of over 150 habituated agile mangabey monkeys, and spend some time observing and photographing their fascinating behaviour.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Dzanga Sangha Reserve

On your final full day in the reserve you will have the option to take part in several activities, from heading out for a second opportunity to track the western lowland gorillas or revisiting the elephants at the Dzanga Bai, to simply relaxing or enjoying a gentle hike around the lodge. Please note that any additional costs for optional activities are not included.

Overnight: Sangha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

Depart Dzanga Sangha

Today you will catch a charter flight back to Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF), where you will transfer to your international flight home.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group safari departing on set dates. The price of this safari includes one gorilla tracking permit. Lodges and areas have been chosen for their proximity to the wildlife and to give you the best experience we can in the Central African Republic.

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