Republic of Congo & Central African Republic
The Congo basin is one of the most critical wilderness areas left on Earth. It is covered by the world’s second largest tropical forest which is teeming with life and boasting biological diversity almost without comparison on the planet.
In the Republic of Congo, close to the geographical “Heart of Africa“, lies a near-mythical place of astounding beauty called Odzala-Kokoua National Park, one of Africa’s oldest National Parks.
Odzala is inhabited by more than 4,400 plant, 100 mammal and 440 avian species spread over a savannah-forest mosaic and forest gallery ecosystem interwoven with rivers and natural forest clearings called “bais”. Herds of forest elephant and buffalo are common in addition to healthy populations of bongo antelope, sitatunga, western lowland gorilla, chimpanzee, bushbuck, giant forest hog and numerous duiker and primate species. Odzala is the only place in the region where spotted hyaena can be found and regularly sighted.
Dzangha-Sangha National Park in the southwest of Central African Republic covers nearly 3,500km2 of moist tropical forest. The Sangha river forms the the parks western boundary and the international border with Cameroon in the south. Dzangha-Sangha is exceptionally ecologically rich and contains a variety of megafauna including a significant density of western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, forest buffalo, bongo antelope and grey-cheeked mangabeys. It is perhaps best known for the Dzanga Bai, a mineral rich clearing in the rainforest where elephants gather in large numbers and shy forest creatures such as Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Sitatunga can be easily viewed.