Central african republic

unruly african towns, remote Pygmy communities, impenetrable forests,  thriving wildlife and legendary rivers

Bangui – Bayanga – Nola – Dzanga-Sangha – Yokadouma – Bertoua – Yaoundé


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.

Please notethis journey follows two slightly different routes depending whether you decide to fly or go overland from Bangui to Bayanga. The price difference between the two options is indicated below. 
Dzanga-Sangha and/or Bangui: in addition to our standard CAR-Cameroon itinerary we also offer bespoke journeys to Dzanga-Sangha (from Cameroon) and short trips to Bangui only. See below for more details. 

Itinerary

The following program refers to a route that has already been successfully tested by past clients of ours; nevertheless, itineraries within the Central African Republic are subject to a vast array of bureaucratic and safety variables. Both minor and major variations to the itinerary must be taken into account. 

DAY 1 - Bangui

  • Our guide will meet you at Bangui International Airport and drive you to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email); currently the best flight connections to Bangui are offered by Air France and Royal Air Maroc: we will gladly assist you in the booking process. 
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Central Africa
  • If time permits (i.e. you flight lands in the early morning as it is the case for the Royal Air Maroc connection), we will spend the day touring Bangui, a wild capital city of few touristic sights (Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, PK-5 Market, National Museum) but plenty of truly African colours, vibes and smells.
  • In the afternoon we'll also enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Oubangui River and some refreshing drinks on the rooftop bar of the namesake hotel.
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Bangui

DAY 2 - Boali Falls

  • In the morning we'll drive north and spend the day around the little town of Boali, visiting the nearby waterfalls and enjoying the stunning nature and friendly people characterising the region.
  • Lunch at the falls.
  • On the way back to Bangui we'll stop in some traditional African towns and villages such as Vange and Bandoro
  • Back in Bangui you will either tour the city (in case your plane arrived late on the first tour day) or enjoy some quality time at the hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Bangui

DAY 3 - Bokassa's Palace

  • Today we'll visit the Imperial Palace in Berengo, a pompously decaying building that belonged to one of the most feared Africa's madmen: Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
  • Our guide will share with us scary stories and surreal anecdotes about the eerily fascinating life of Africa's last emperor
  • We'll explore the palace and its surrounding and you'll feel as the protagonist of Werner Herzog's majestic documentary film Echoes from a Somber Empire, a must-watch cinematographic masterpiece for every visitor to the Central African Republic.
  • Lunch in Berengo.
  • This will be our last afternoon in Bangui and we can devote it either to souvenir shopping or to delve into local life by visiting some of the notorious riverside bars. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Bangui

DAY 4/5 - Overland Option - Bangui to Bayanga via Berberati  

  • Early morning start and transfer to the southwestern city of Berberati.
  • Beside the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll alternate the 12-to-16-hour-long drive with several stops in the remote villages and towns along the road, where we will enjoy the slow pace of traditional Central African life.
  • Dinner and overnight in Berberati
  • The following day we'll drive towards Bayanga and after a short walking tour around this remote African town we'll transfer to our comfortable lodge in the jungle.
  • Dinner and overnight in Dzanga-Sangha National Park.

DAY 4/5 - Flight Option - Bangui to Bayanga  

  • If you choose the flight option to Bayanga you will have one more spare day in Bangui, which can be spent either chilling out with the thriving expat community in one of their favourite hideouts in and around town or - even better - visiting the community-based humanitarian projects of a well respected Italian NGO (Amici per il Centrafrica).
  • On the following day we'll drive to Bangui International Airport and after a quick passport check we'll board our chartered Cessna according to the relevant flight schedule.
  • In less than two hours we'll land on the narrow airtstrip of Bayanga Regional Airport, where we will be collected by the park rangers and transferred to our comfortable lodge in the jungle. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Dzanga-Sangha National Park.

DAY 6/9 - Dzanga-Sangha National Park

  • For four full days you’ll enjoy the incredible wildlife and the fascinating communities inhabiting the Dzanga-Sangha National Park, one of the most beautiful and yet least visited parks in the region.
  • Each day we’ll undertake a different excursion to spot the thriving fauna and/or getting in touch with the local culture.
  • Highlights in the park include: forest elephants, river buffaloes, giant hogs and bongo antelopes at the Dzanga Baïmonkeys of every kind (particularly interesting are the mangabeys), bird watching, microfauna observation (insects, especially butterflies, reptiles, invertebrates and creepy crawlers), pygmy villages (Ba Aka tribe), net-fishing with the pygmies and, best for last, gorilla tracking (western lowland gorillas).
  • Dinner and overnight in Dzanga-Sangha National Park.

DAY 10 - Yokadouma

  • Early breakfast and departure from the park by pirogue.
  • We'll navigate along the Sangha river and reach the CAR-Cameroon border at Libongo (Cameroon).
  • After completing border formalities (no need to bribe here) we'll continue on to Yokadouma, a German-built timber town that looks straight out of a Wild West movie.
  • We'll spend the rest of the day touring the few old colonial buildings remaining in town and in the evening we enjoy a fresh beer in a local bar to delve into the edgy atmosphere of the place. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Yokadouma.

Day 11 - Bertoua

  • After breakfast we will drive back into ‘civilization’ and head towards Bertoua.  
  • We'll travel along endless dirt tracks used by timber trucks coming from the forest areas surrounding Sangha Tri-National Park (Cameroon, CAR, and Congo), a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2012.
  • We can also stop at some rather off-putting food stalls along the road, where bushmeat is served: illegal hunting is, along with deforestation, one the major problematics concerning wildlife protection in Central Africa.
  • Dinner and overnight in Bertoua

Day 12 - Yaoundé 

  • Today we'll eventually leave the jungle and drive a tarred road to Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon.
  • After lunch we'll head to the top of Mount Febe to the Benedictine Monastery - which also hosts the African Museum - and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city. 
  • For those who know how to party: we will celebrate our last African night going out for some drinks and good local vibes. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Yaoundé

DAY 13 - Flight back home, Cameroon extension or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last Cameroonian-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to either Yaoundé or Douala International Airport for your flight back home.
  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to the local train/bus station.
  • For those wishing to explore Cameroon more in depth: we can easily arrange 5-to-15-day bespoke tours around the country. 
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

3 (min) to 8 (max) participants: 4200 € (overland option)

5 (min) to 9 (max) participants: 6100 € (flight option)


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 45 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), one-way flight Bangui to Bayanga (if the flight option is selected), entrances to the attractions listed in the itinerary, park entrances and permits, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, charter flights, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fee to any attraction not listed in the itinerary, touristic activities within the Dzanga-Sangha National Park (e.g. gorilla tracking: 300 euros per person), insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility. It is also possible to make the tour the other way around, starting from Cameroon and finishing in Bangui.

BESPOKE TOURS DZANGA-SANGHA and SHORT TRIPS to BANGUI: if you wish to visit Dzanga-Sangha without having to go via Bangui we can easily arrange bespoke tours to the park via Cameroon (Yaoundé-Bertoua-Yokadouma-Dzanga-Sangha and back); price per person starts at 2100 € for a 9-day itinerary based on a 4-person group. If you are after African capitals and wish to visit only Bangui without venturing into the wild, we can organise for you a 3-day-2-night trip to the city for as little as 500 euros. 


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