remote Pygmy communities AND thriving wildlife
Bangui – Bayanga – Nola – Dzanga-Sangha – Yokadouma – Bertoua – Yaoundé
This tour is offered on a regular basis during the dry season (European winter). 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.
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.
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 happily 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 scents.
In the afternoon we'll enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Oubangui River and hit the rooftop bar of the namesake hotel for a refreshing drink with sunset vista.
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 atmospheres of the region.
After lunch, on the way back to Bangui, we'll stop in some traditional Central African towns and villages such as Vange and Bandoro.
Back in Bangui, we will conclude our city tour and call at the community-based work-camp of our partner NGO “Friends for the Central African Republic”.
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.
We'll explore the palace and its surrounding feeling like the main characters 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.
In the afternoon we’ll then visit the traditional pygmy communities in Mbaïki before eventually coming back to Bangui for the evening.
Dinner and overnight in Bangui.
DAY 4 - Bayanga
In the morning we’ll transfer to Bangui International Airport and, after a quick passport check, we'll board a chartered Cessna to Bayanga, a remote jungle outpost and the getaway to access the many wonders of the Dzanga-Sangha National Park.
In less than two hours we'll land on the narrow airstrip 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 the Dzanga-Sangha National Park.
DAY 5 to DAY 8 - Dzanga-Sangha National Park
For four full days you’ll admire the incredible wildlife and get to know the fascinating communities inhabiting the Dzanga-Sangha National Park, one of the most beautiful and yet least visited parks in the entire African continent.
Each day we’ll undertake a different excursion to spot the thriving fauna and/or getting in touch with the local culture.
Highlights will include: forest elephants, river buffaloes, giant hogs and bongo antelopes at the Dzanga Baï, monkeys 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 9 - 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 will enjoy a fresh beer in a local bar delving into the edgy atmosphere of the place.
Dinner and overnight in Yokadouma.
Day 10 - Bertoua
After breakfast we will drive back into ‘civilisation’ and head towards Bertoua.
We'll travel along endless dirt tracks used by timber trucks coming from the forest areas surrounding the Sangha Tri-National Park (Cameroon, CAR, and Congo), a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2012.
We will also stop at some rather off-putting food stalls along the road, where illegally-poached bushmeat is served.
Dinner and overnight in Bertoua.
Day 11 - 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, home to a Benedictine Monastery, and admire stunning panoramic views over 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 12 - 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: 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: transfer to the local train/bus station.
For those wishing to explore Cameroon more in depth: we will arrange 5-to-15-day bespoke tours around the country.
End of the tour.
4 to 10 participants: 5990 € per person
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, 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 and short trips: 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.