Located 10km from the present Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, the village of Bayanga is home to the headquarters of the Administration of the Dzanga Sangha Dense Forest Special Reserve: the Dzanga Sangha Project (PDS). It is also home to the Doli Lodge, a place of hospitality and accommodation for tourists, located on the shores of the Sangha River, starting point for the tourism activities proposed by the ecotourism team of the PDS and by the community tourist guides.
Dzanga Sangha is known for its high density of local fauna and low density of tourists ! It is an ideal observatory for watching forest elephants, primates and other rare mammals, within a dense forest region.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hotel in Kinshasa|
|DEPARTURE TIME||07h AM. Please be prepared for departure at 1 hour before.|
In the camp of Bai Hokou live permanently several researchers from different continents as well as the members of the teams responsible for identifying and following every day the families of gorillas. Early in the morning, at sunrise, a team leaves the camp with information about where the gorillas have settled for the night. As soon as the nests are found, the team follows the tracks of the gorillas left by their movements and food activities.
Day 1: Kinshasa – Brazzaville
Day 2: Brazzaville –Makoua
Through the National Highway N°2, we spend the greatest part of the day driving across picturesque habitats and forest until we attain Makoua after having driven almost 600km over a tarred road. We spend the night at the Akoua Guest House, a basic accommodation site for indulgent visitors. Overnight in Akoua Guest House
Day 3: Makoua–Ouesso – Bayanga
Day 4: Bayanga
–Lowland Gorilla tracking at BaïHokou
–Agile Mangabey tracking at BaïHokou
From the lodge, we reach the gorilla research camp after about an hour and a half’s drive through the National Park. From here we hike through the rainforest in the company of the Ba’Aka trackers up to the point where we meet a family of habituated Western Lowland Gorillas. We are allowed to be in their immediate vicinity for about an hour, after which we hike back to BaïHokou. From BaïHokou, we can as well hike through the forest to witness a very impressive gathering of Agile Mangabeys. In the later afternoon, we return to our Lodge.
In the afternoon if time permits, we go for a village walk in Bayanga where we mingle with the local Bantu and share their way of life, their dreams and hopes as well as their daily struggles. We return to the Lodge in the evening where a group of Ba’Aka will entertain us with their incredible polyphany and their forest dances, just before dinner. Overnight in Doli Lodge.
Day 5: Bayanga – Libongo – Yokadouma
Day 6: Yokadouma – Bertoua
Day 7: Bertoua – Yaoundé
Day 8: Yaoundé – Buea
Day 9: Buea – Mt Cameroon – Hut 2
Under the guidance of a knowledgeable eco-guide, you’ll be given botanic lecture all through the walk until we reach hut 2 in altitude 2860m after about 5- 7 h trek, where we erect our tents for the night. In the meantime before the dusk, you can optionally visit the surrounding of the hut where there are amazing rock caves. Overnight in Tents