Dzanga-Sangha and Ndoki National Parks
This tour is available to non birdwatchers as well.
 


Day 1: The tour begins in Bangui, where we will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. 
 
Day 2 -7: After an early breakfast we transfer back to the airport for our flight to Bayanga. Then a short drive to the Lodge.
 
Dzanga-Sangha is the northern section of the northwestern Congo Basin. In the reserve there are large populations of Forest Elephant, Lowland Gorilla, 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. We visit a village of the Ba'Aka Pygmies and if we wish we may join them in a hunt into the forests. The women will share some traditional knowledge of the plants and we learn about their lifestyle in the forest. The WWF works with the Ba'Aka in establishing conservation, education and health programmes in the area.
 
The next few days will be spent visiting Dzanga Bai, tracking Lowland Gorillas and hunting with the Ba'Aka, overnighting at the Lodge near Bayanga.
 
Day 8: We travel by boat down the Sangha river (a tributary of the Congo) for approximately five hours to the village of Bomassa where we spend the night. Bomassa is the headquarters of the WCS project  that runs Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, and is run as a research and logistical support centre for the Nouabale project.
 
Night in Bomassa.
 
Day 9-12 : After breakfast we transfer to 4 wheel drive vehicles for our trip through the buffer-zone surrounding the National Park. On arrival at the Ndoki River we transfer into small pirogues and are poled upstream to Mbeli camp, our home for the next four nights in the heart of the rainforest and  prime gorilla habitat.
 
We walk through the forest to the natural swamp clearings called Bais. Mbeli Bai is one of these well known bais where we watch from a high viewing platform the comings and goings of gorillas and other forest inhabitants. Of interest is that researchers use these observation posts as a way of studying the behavior and social dynamics and of the Western Lowland Gorillas. As a result of these observations they are able to over 130 individual gorillas and have an understanding of some of their social behaviors, which would otherwise be very difficult to obtain in the dense forest habitat. 
 
We also see a wealth of other animals using this area as a waterhole, for example, Forest Elephant (very different to the African Elephant), Sitatunga, Red River Hogs, Black-and-white Colobus, and others.
 
Day 13: Travel by pirogue, 4WD and motorised boat to Bayanga. Night at lodge.

Day 14: We catch the plane to Bangui .

Day 17: Departure.
 

The Projected Cost for this trip is to be announced. (Note that there are no single rooms at Mbeli or Bomassa)

This amount includes all landed costs. (ie transport, activities entrance to parks, accommodation etc)
 
Excluded are International airfares, visa fees, drinks and items of a personal nature.

Due to logistics this itinerary may be subject to changes.
 
Average group size 5/6 with a maximum of 8 people.