Dzangha-Sangha National Park, Central African Republic - Adventure 3
Situated on the banks of the Sangha River in the Dzanga-Sangha special reserve, Sangha Lodge is the ideal tranquil spot from which to set off on activities within the Dzanga-Sangha National Park, and the perfect most relaxing spot to return to after a long day in the field.
We organise visits into the National Park which offers Gorilla Tracking of one of the only 2 groups of habituated Western Lowland Gorillas in the world, visiting the world renowned Dzanga Bai with it great spectacle of Forest Elephants, net hunting with the Ba’aka People, or just plain relaxing in the quiet of the forest at the lodge.
Sangha forest lodge was originally built in 1993 as a base for trophy hunters hunting the elusive Bongo. The site has now been taken over for use in more conventional and eco-friendly tourism.
Rod Cassidy a long-time conservationist and guide in the area now runs this camp for the sole purpose of sustainable tourism.
Current plans are to develop several areas of sustainable tourism, as yet untried in Central Africa, with the focus on community involvement and development. It is hoped that this lodge will become a model for sustainable tourism in Central Africa.
The lodge consists of 7 well appointed bungalows, each with it own ensuite bathroom, with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. (5 standard rooms as in picture below and 2 rooms with shared bathroom).
Dining and Bar
There is a well stocked bar with cold beer and drinks, ice is made with Bottled water and is safe to add to your drinks.
A small kitchen produces simple yet tasty Western and African foods.
Sangha Lodge Activities
Sangha Lodge's situation on the bank of the Sangha River make it the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Situated on the edge of the Dzangha Sangha reserve, we have easy access to all activities in the park as well as some of our own that we are developing.
Some activities are under our direct control, and these include:
- Boat trips on the SANGHA and BABONGO Rivers. We have introduced an evening sundowner cruise up river from the lodge taking you into the area of the hill where the river narrows considerably. Once there, the motor is turned off and we drift down slowly while drinking gin and tonics or beer as we watch the sunset over the forest.
- Bird watching along our 3 km access road and along the series of forest trails which we have cut.
- Fishing for a host of different fish types, with the ultimate being Goliath Tiger fish.
- Spotlighting around the camp and from the boat to find some of the more unusual nocturnal species like Galago, Potto, Gennet, Civit, Golden Cat, Hammer-Bat and a number of owls.
- We also have a small project with the Ba'aka people where we go into the forest and spend the night with them in a forest camp. The dimension of music and dance that you experience here is something that few westerners will ever see. All monies from this activity go directly to the Ba'aka to help with education and health issues.
Visits from local experts and conservationists when they are available can add a welcome dimension around the dinner table at night.
Park and Community Activities
These activities are the principle reason for visiting Dzangha Sangha and are controlled entirely by the WWF project in Bayanga. We coordinate and facilitate the reservations but the costs are not within our control and depend on the WWF.
These Activities include:
- Gorilla Tracking
- Visits to Dzangha Bai
- Net Hunting and other cultural Activities with the Ba'aka People.