Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve | Central African Republic
Discover ancient forests and wildlife as never before seen at Dzanga Baï. Sangha Lodge is located near the geographical heart of Africa with chalets overlooking the Sangha River. Built with immense passion and love, on a hope and prayer, by Rod and Tamar Cassidy, Sangha Lodge is now managed by the family alongside their son, Alon. Explore this incredible region with engaging experiences, before enjoying sundowners on the new star deck. Sangha is an inspiring destination and its mysteries leave your senses sharpened.
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”Getting from Odzala Discovery Camps to Sangha Lodge is an adventure all its own … A stunning (6-hr) journey along the Sangha River offers plenty of opportunity to observe local fisherman out catching fish.Justin Huxter
A sense of intrepidness imbues the region which is complemented by the peacefulness of the Sangha River. This is a place of utterly raw authenticity and earthly experiences founded on the Cassidy’s passion for conservation.
Activities at Sangha Lodge
Spending time with the Cassidy’s and visiting Dzanga Baï are the main attractions. Experience the elusive Forest Elephant congregating en-masse, observing their social behaviours and interactions. Spend time with the Ba’Aka net hunting, walk through the Valley of Giants, explore hidden waterfalls, kayak down the Sangha River and learn about conservation efforts, including the Sangha Pangolin Project.
A pilgrimage destination for environmental travellers, Dzanga Baï is the finest Forest Elephant experience in Africa. This is a congregation point for vast herds of Forest Elephant and Forest Buffalo as well as rare animals such as Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Red River Hog that seek out the mineral-rich waters found here.
Departing from the Bai Hokou research site in Dzanga Sangha Protected Area, enjoy the astonishing opportunity to track a group of habituated Agile Mangabeys in collaboration with the WWF. The same protocols and precautions as our gorilla tracking experiences apply to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Meet the Ba’Aka
Immerse in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the Ba’Aka community. Spend time with them in their forest as they go about their daily tasks of building new structures and net-hunting for survival. Learn from them and how they have adapted to their forest home - it will leave you in awe.
The Pangolin Project
The Sangha Pangolin Project is founded on research, rehabilitation and community involvement. Guests of Sangha can meet the researchers, spend time observing this fascinating species with the pangolins currently under our care, and learn about the world’s most trafficked animal.
With over 400 bird species in the Congo Basin, birders come here to find paradise. Odzala offers huge flocks of African Green Pigeons and African Grey Parrots as well as the elusive Great Blue Turaco and Giant Kingfisher, amidst a host of other species. At Sangha, the rare Picathartes can be found (best in October while breeding), as well as various eagles, nightjars, sunbirds and many, MANY more.
Meet Rod & Tamar
Meet the passionate family behind the conservation efforts and founding of Sangha Lodge. The Cassidys have poured their heart and souls into Sangha, with their son, Alon, who now joins them as the head guide for this camp. Spend time with this eccentric, wonderful, and hugely knowledgeable family responsible for all you can experience here on your next visit.
Book a private guide for the duration of your stay and explore the ecosystem at your leisure or pursue a personal passion with our specialists in birding, photography, mammals, flora, culture and various activities. Go deeper in your understanding with a personal trusted and knowledgeable field guide at your side (additional costs apply).