48-DAY OVERLAND EXPEDITION TO CENTRAL AFRICA - FEB 2021
The most complete expedition in Central Africa
Due to the situation caused by the global pandemic of COVID 19, which has forced us to postpone some of our trips, we wanted to concentrate in a single expedition several of the trips we had prepared for 2020 and early 2021.
The result is this very complete expedition through Central Africa with a prospective part in the north of Congo, where we will have the opportunity to explore one of the most unknown and remote regions of the African continent.
Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad
Is it possible for a month-long trip to Africa to focus on many of the continent's highlights? The answer is yes. We want to tell you about it!
In this complete and groundbreaking adventure expedition, through some of the most unknown, and at the same time, most attractive countries in Africa, you will discover a variety of impressive landscapes, cultures, and wildlife
Highlights of this expedition:
- Exploring Northern Congo
- Expedition to Lake Tele / canoeing routes through the jungle and rivers of northern Congo
- Visit some Baaka pygmy communities and learn about their culture, Congo
- Lowland Gorillas in Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic
- The Elephant Bai in Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic
- Getting your strength back at Doli Lodge, a beautiful campsite by the Sangha River, Central African Republic
- Swimming in a beautiful lake and enjoying Cameroonian cuisine at Ngaoundaba Ranch, Cameroon
- Zakouma National Park in Chad
- Ennedi Plateau, Chad
Prospective trip in Northern Congo
Tele Lake is located in the heart of the jungles of the Republic of Congo, Africa, in one of the most unexplored corners of our planet. A true jewel of nature.
In this prospective expedition to Lake Tele, we will go into a remote area of very difficult access on foot, as the lake is surrounded by swampy areas.
The Tele Lake community reserve has a huge concentration of animals and the highest density of gorillas in all of Africa. And although it is not always easy to see animals in this area, you must bear in mind that if you have encounters with the different fauna of the Lac Tele Community Reserve (gorillas, chimpanzees, snakes, etc), unpredictable situations could happen.
During the 6 days we will walk through these forests, we will have to overcome many surprises that could arise on the way.
An optional activity for those who wish and are prepared, they can join the hiking expedition to Tele Lake.
For those who do not wish to hike, it is possible to make a spectacular canoe trip to Lake Teke through the region, crossing part of the rivers Likouala aux Herbes and Moudangounia or to visit quietly and soak up the local life of these remote villages in northern Congo.
Ennedi: Natural and Cultural Reserve, World Heritage Site
A masterpiece of natural sandstone and World Heritage.
Rising above the sands of the Sahara we find an impressive plateau that has been sculpted by the erosion of water and wind, forming gorges, canyons and valleys and an endless number of extraordinary rock formations with shapes of arches, peaks, giant mushrooms (the wind blows the sand from the ground) and extravagant pillars of different sizes.
For three days we will explore the incredible rock formations of Ennedi. We will also see the camel caravans guided by the Toubou nomads.
Zakouma National Park
We will spend 3 days in one of the most remote reserves in Africa.
Zakouma Nationa Park (visit our blog about Zakouma) has become a stimulating alternative for those looking for "sensations" different from others conventional safari in East or South Africa. In Zakouma National Park we can find large mammals in privacy, far from the crowds of other parks on the continent.
The inhabitants, peoples and cultures of the areas through which this African expedition passes, is wide and fascinating.
From the dreaded Tubus of the Chadian desert, unruly shepherds of strong if not violent character, to the Baaka pygmies, inhabitants of the forests, traditionally hunter-gatherers, subjected and ridiculed almost always by the Bantu peoples of Central Africa and expelled from their lands by the deforestation that is taking place in the forests of the Congo Basin.
All these ethnic groups retain much of their original culture, as they either live in really isolated areas of Africa or, as nomads, have little contact with the outside world.
Dzanga Sangha Reserve
We will go deep into the Congo jungle in search of the lowland gorillas and the forest elephants.
The rainforests of the Congo Basin make up the second largest area of tropical forest after the Amazon. These forests are vital for the survival of our closest biological relatives: gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.
We will spend two days in the Dzanga Sangha Reserve, where we are guaranteed to encounter western lowland gorillas, elephants and buffalos.
We will make a route on foot by the different salt mines of the Dzanga Sangha, we will visit the Bai of the elephants, one of the most wonderful places of Africa and a specific visit to the funny Agile Mangabeys. Optionally, each passenger can visit one of the gorilla families of Dzanga Sangha.
- Remember: This is an expedition in Africa, not an organized vacation in Africa.
- Participatory Travel
- We love local food and camping
- On this trip we will cover about 5,500 kilometers approximately, a fairly considerable distance. Much of the journey is on dirt tracks, sometimes in poor conditions. We will have many days of route with many hours of driving per day.
- We will cross 4 borders and more than 50 police, military and customs controls, etc. Most of them very corrupt. In each of them we will need to have a lot of patience
- At each checkpoint in CAR and Congo, it is necessary to pay for the "formalities".
- You must have an acceptable physical form and be prepared to withstand, heat, humidity, dust, uncomfortable roads, fatigue, stress, etc.
- In the Tele Lake Reserve, in Dzanga Sangha and in Zakouma you will walk or sleep in places with a high presence of wild animals.
- It is possible that in an expedition like this one some unexpected events may occur, some small damage that we will have to repair, punctures, or perhaps some change of plans... welcome!, ...welcome! This is so part of adventure
- In many of our trips we have chosen "Catholic Mission" accommodations, they are simple, clean, safe and pleasant. And in many countries we visit it is the best value for money. We do not have any links with these organizations.