SANGHA LODGE, Dzanga-Sangha, Central African Republic

SANGHA LODGE, Dzanga-Sangha, Central African Republic

$8,400 (Per Adult)

$1,050 (Per Adult) / Day

(Includes)

  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Sightseeing

Duration8 day(s)

LocationCentral African Republic

Start PointBangui, Central African Republic

End PointBangui, Central African Republic

AvailabilityOct 15 , 2017 to Oct 04 , 2019

No Add-ons for this package

Summary

If the mysterious tropical forests of Africa fascinate you then this is the expedition for you, a journey into the untouched rainforests of Central Africa. This vast region, spanning three countries sparsely populated with Bantu tribes and nomadic groups of Pygmies will not disappoint the adventurer and wildlife lover. Dzanga-Sangha is in the northern section of the Congo Basin. In the reserve are large populations of Forest Elephant, Lowland gorillas, 16 of the country’s primate species (such as De Brazza’s Monkey with its distinctive white beard), hundreds of bird species, reptiles, frogs etc. You can visit a village of the Ba’aka pygmies and if you want, you can join them in a hunt for food into the forests. The woman will share some traditional knowledge of the plants and you learn about their lifestyle in the forest. Sangha Lodge works with the Ba’aka in establishing conservation, especially of Pangolins, but also other small animals common in the bush meat trade. The next few days, may be spent visiting Dzanga Bai, tracking lowland gorillas and hunting with the Ba’aka.

Activities

  • Animal Tracking
  • Bird Photography
  • Game Walk
  • General Photography
  • Scenic Drive
  • Wilderness Trail
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Game drive
  • Bird Watching
  • Culture
  • Photo-safari

Physical Condition

  • Normal Physical Condition

Connectivity

  • WiFi and phone coverage at some lodges

Day-by-day Description

Day 1Day 1

Activities Included

Boat Cruise Wildlife Photography

The tour begins in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your charter flight and head down to Dzanga Sangha for the first night at Sangha Lodge. If time permits we will venture out in the afternoon to visit the only habituated Black bellied pangolin in the world, followed by a short afternoon sundowner cruise on the Sangha River. For the entire trip we will be staying at the Sangha Lodge.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Bangui, Central African Republic

Day 2Day 2

Activities Included

Animal Tracking Hiking Wildlife Photography

Gorilla tracking. Today you head down to Bai Hokou where you will spend time tracking a group of Western Lowland Gorillas. Dzanga Sangha and its neighbors in Congo Nouabale-Ndoki National Park and Odzala are the only places in the world where you can find habituated Lowland Gorillas.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Bai Hokou

Day 3Day 3

Activities Included

Landscape photography Wildlife Photography Game drive

Visit to Dzanga Bai. Dzanga Bai is large mineral rich clearing in the middle of the rainforest where forest elephants gather in large numbers to indulge in drinking the mineral rich waters that bubble up in places in this Bai. The interaction between so many different groups of Forest elephants ensure that no one can ever get bored at this place, while the possibility of some of the other normally shy forest creature like Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Red River Hog, Sitatunga and Forest Buffalos visiting the Bai keep us alert.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Dzanga Bai (The Village of Elephants), Bayanga, Sangha-Mbare, Central African Republic

Day 4Day 4

Activities Included

Animal Tracking Wildlife Photography Culture

Today you head out with a group of Ba’aka net hunters as they go about their daily hunter-gatherer lifestyle. It is fascinating and a joy in itself to see how well adapted and comfortable the Ba’aka are in the forest while you may find it overwhelming and almost intimidating. You will be shown several of their medicinal plants while the hunt goes along in the background, and the excited cheers will alert us if they do catch something. THIS ACTIVITY IS NOT CONTRIVED AND THE HUNTERS ARE THERE TO CATCH THEIR FOOD SO PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOME ANIMALS MAYBE KILLED DURING THIS TIME.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Sangha Lodge, Bayanga, Sangha-Mbare, Central African Republic

Day 5Day 5

Activities Included

Bird Photography Boat Cruise Game Walk Wildlife Photography

River activities and trekking. Heading upriver by boat you will hike to a series of waterfalls in the area. These will take us through the best examples of prime rainforest that you would ever see. Apart from the amazingly beautiful waterfalls, you will see some of the most spectacular trees imaginable. Climbing to the top of the falls will provide vistas over the canopy of the forest while the possibility of seeing the extremely rare and endangered Grey-necked Rock fowl will excite any birders. In the evening you may do a night walk near the lodge with the hope of finding some of the more elusive nocturnal animals such as Potto, Thomas’s Galago, Tree Pangolin, African Palm Civet, Frazer’s Eagle Owl, Vermiculated Fishing Owl and several more.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Sangha Lodge, Bayanga, Sangha-Mbare, Central African Republic

Day 6Day 6

Activities Included

Game Walk Wildlife Photography

Back into the park today with picnic lunches and you will do a walk around a series of clearings in the forest. The chance of finding buffalos, elephants and several monkey species on this trek are good. You will also visit a group of habituated monkeys called Agile Mangabey and spend some time photographing their interesting antics. This group of habituated monkeys has over 150 members and their fascinating behavior is part of a long term study in the region.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Sangha Lodge, Bayanga, Sangha-Mbare, Central African Republic

Day 7Day 7

Activities Included

Animal Tracking Game Walk Hiking Wildlife Photography

Leisure day for optional activities, you have these days for optional activities….These can range from repeating any of the earlier activities done at Sangha lodge such as Gorilla tracking, or visits to the Dzanga Bai, or alternatively just relaxing or walking on the several hikes you have laid out in the forest around the lodge. NO OPTIONAL EXTRA ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COSTS.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Sangha Lodge, Bayanga, Sangha-Mbare, Central African Republic

Day 8Day 8

Today we take a charter back to Bangui where the tour ends.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Bangui, Central African Republic

Offical Visa Regulations and Health Requirements

For personalized details on health and visa requirements please check the IATA travel centre here

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com

Visa Regulations: Effective April 1, 2015, the Central African Republic does not require visas for visits under 180 days by U.S. passport holders. However, not all airlines will board U.S. passport holders without a valid visa, so travelers are advised to check with their carrier. If you are not a US citizen, please check with the Embassy of the Central African Republic. http://www.rcawashington.org/en/visas.asp Health Requirements: Zika virus is a risk in Central African Republic. Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause serious birth defects, women who are pregnant should not travel to Central African Republic. All travelers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to Zika virus during and after the trip. Yellow Fever: Required for arriving travelers from all countries. Malaria: Malaria: Currently Malaria is present in all areas of Central Africa Republic. You will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following: -Taking a prescription antimalarial drug -Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites -Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bed nets All of the following antimalarial drugs are equal options for preventing malaria in the Central African Republic: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine. For detailed information about each of these drugs talk to your physician and/or visit cdc.gov. Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective antimalarial drug in the Central African Republic and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region. Medical facilities in the Central African Republic, are limited and not equipped to handle most emergencies, especially those requiring surgery. Hospitals are scarce and offer only basic services. Recently, American citizens involved in automobile accidents required immediate evacuation from Central African Republic as surgery could not be performed due to insufficient blood supplies at the hospital where they sought treatment. Travelers should carry their own supplies of prescription drugs and preventive medicines. Please consult your health care provider or travel health clinic for additional information. More information can be obtained at the World Health Organization (website: www.who.int/en/) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (website: www.cdc.gov).

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Strict Cancelation Policy 50% - 50%

50% is due and non-refundable upon booking. A full 100% of the total cost is due 90 days before start of the booking.

The amount is paid to Safarisource and, minus commission and transaction fees is transferred to the tour operator within a few days.

If the traveler selects wire transfer, the full amount is paid to Safarisource at point of booking and the payment is released to the tour operator according to the 50% immediately, 100% within 90% logic.

If PayPal or Credit Card is selected the full amount is collected automatically and then transferred to the tour operator according to the 50% -100% logic.

In near future for your comfort we will collect with split payments and then if a trip is booked more than 90 days before start of trip only 50% is due immediately and the full 100% collected automatically 90 days before start of tour.

All refunds due to cancelation by tourist are minus the Safarisource commission (9%) and minus the banking and transaction costs charged by the banks to refund (roughly 3% but may be higher).

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$8,400 Duration: 8 day(s)

Children Not Allowed

Destination

Central African Republic