Ethnic expedition with Mzungu to Bayaka and Baka pygmies,
to western lowland gorillas and elephants in the legendary Dzanga-Sanga

CAR + CONGO


March 26 – April 8, 2023
Tour Central African Republic, Republic of Congo

Ethnic expedition Bayaka Baka pygmies CAR Congo DR Congo Dzanga-Sanga Iboga western lowland gorillas elephants Dzanga-Sanga

tour to Congo, tours to Africa, trekking gorillas
Have you ever stand face to face with the giant 2-meter height alpha male gorilla? You might go hunting with Bayaka Pygmy people or witnessed how they collect wild honey from the top of huge trees? Have you seen Ejengi spirit in Dzanga Sangha jungle or attended Iboga sacred ceremony with Baka people?

All this you'll discover in remote jungles of Central African Republic and Congo-Brazzaville, and feel yourself as part of BBC or National Geographic project.
This ethnic and wildlife expedition led by Mzungu is for truly sophisticated travelers

Ethnic expedition Bayaka Baka pygmies CAR Congo DR Congo Dzanga-Sanga Iboga western lowland gorillas elephants Dzanga-Sanga Brazzavile tour Africa tour

SCHEDULE & COST:


Dates: March 26 – April 8, 2023. MZUNGU LEADS

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12

Cost per person:
• 4 590 EUR subject to 10 – 12 participants
• 4 890 EUR subject to 8 – 9 participants
• 4 990 EUR subject to 7 participants

10% early booking discount (in case you book before November 26, 2022)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Bangui and back from Brazzaville
- international medical insurance
- CAR visa (about USD 150, to be obtained on arrival in Bangui airport. Or to be obtained on your own in the CAR Embassy in any other country in advance),
- Republic of the Congo visa (about USD 150, to be arranged by the guide in the Congo Embassy in CAR, whilst we are in Bangui. Or to be obtained on your own in the Congo Embassy in any other country in advance).

Estimated cost of flight Moscow – Bangui and Brazzaville – Moscow: EUR 1300 – 1800 (Usually bought on your own, we consult you)

Single supplement: EUR 400 (single supplement provided along the whole itinerary)



TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO CAR AND CONGO


Day 1. March 26, 2023 (Sunday). Arrival in Bangui (Central African Republic)

Arrival in Bangui. Welcome by the Local Guide and transfer to the
Hotel Obangui. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Obangui Hotel.

* Recommended flight:
- with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa and Duala, departure from Moscow on March 25 at 22:00, departure from Addis Ababa at 9:15 am on March 26, departure from Duala at 15:45 on March 26, arrival in Bangui at 17:20 on March 26,
- with FlyDubai via Dubai and Nairobi, departure from Moscow on March 25 at 15:55, departure from Dubai at 2:20 am on March 26, departure from Nairobi at 7:30 am on March 26, arrival in Bangui at 8:40 am on March 26,
- or any flight with arrival in Bangui any time on March 26 or in the night from March 26 to 27.

Accommodation included: Obangui Hotel
Meals included: dinner


Day 2. March 27, 2023 (Monday). Bangui – Boali Falls – Bangui

Breakfast, departure from Bangui for the visit of the Boali falls and lianas bridge of Boali, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a picnic lunch.
Return to Bangui, visit to the Craft Market, Visit of the remains of Emperor Bokassa's palace, Iberides village. Visit the Barthélémy Boganda museum, the cosmopolitan central market.
Transfer to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Obangui Hotel.

Accommodation included: Obangui Hotel
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3. March 28, 2023 (Tuesday). Bangui – Bayanga, Dzanga Sangha Park

Breakfast, small city tour and transfer to the airport. At 11 am flight from Bangui to Banyanga at Dzanga Sangha Park. Arrival around 1 pm. Lunch at the Doli Lodge.
Around 3 pm small boat trip to see how the tribe Sango collect the Palm Raphia for wine in the forest, traditional process. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation included: Doli Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 4. March 29, 2023 (Wednesday). Doli – Yamdobé – Bayaka Pygmies' camp in deep forest

Breakfast, trekking from Doli to Yamdobé village, meet Bayaka Pygmies tribe. Continue trekking to the deep forest, we will do 5 hours trekking in the deep forest. On the trekking way, we will discover some medicinal plants. Will see traditional process of honey collecting by climbing the huge tree.
Put our tents in the deep forest. Afternoon, fishing with Bayaka women, water drums. At night participating in dancing, storytelling. Dinner and night in tents.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5. March 30, 2023 (Thursday). Bayaka Pygmies in deep forest – Yamdobé

Breakfast, trekking to hunting area, participating traditional Bayaka hunting with nets. Taking an opportunity of honey collecting and other collecting of roots and medicinal plants. Upon return to the camping place, lunch.
Trekking to Yamdobé village, assisting of the Magic Jingi dance with Bayaka Pygmies. Visit of very big village with more than 1000 Bayaka Pygmies people. Dinner and night in tent.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 6. March 31, 2023 (Friday). Yamdobé – Doli Lodge – Elephant Bai safari – Doli Lodge

We have breakfast at the very nice place and have fun in the magnificent landscape of Yamdobé. Trekking to Doli lodge. Installation in the rooms, relax.
Early lunch and 12:30 and drive to the Dzanga Bai for safari. Arrival at the camp, we go to the Bai 45 minutes to reach the landscape of Bai. 2 or 3 hours watching the elephants, buffalos, sitatungas, sometimes bongos, various birds.
Return for dinner at Doli lodge, overnight.

Accommodation included: Doli Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 7. April 1, 2023 (Saturday). Gorilla trekking in the Bai Hoko – Doli Lodge

Early breakfast, road to a deep forest of about 52 km to reach the gorilla trekking area, arrival at Bai Hoko, Dzanga Sangha park. Formalities, information on hiking. We will discover western lowland gorillas. Gorillas are sometimes 45 minutes or 1 hour of hiking distance, sometimes more. We will stay with the gorillas for 1.5 hours. Return to Doli Lodge, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation included: Doli Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 8. April 2, 2023 (Sunday). Dzanga Park – Ouesso (Republic of the Congo)

Breakfast. At 7 a.m. motorized canoe to the border with Republic of the Congo, for border formalities. Continuation by canoe for Ouesso in the north of Republic of the Congo.
Briefing with the Guide. Dinner and Night at the Onanga hotel.

Accommodation included: Onanga hotel
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 9. April 3, 2023 (Monday). Ouesso – Odzala village – Baka Pygmies village

After breakfast, drive to Odzala village, around 150 km from Ouesso. Upon arrival in the village, continue driving to the Pygmies' village. Installation, full day activities with the Baka Pygmies. We will experience Baka way of hunting and climbing the tree for collecting honey.
In the evening, Iboga practices. Pygmies in this area are practicing hallucinogen effect of Iboga tree. They usually do it at night. It is practiced in a different way to the Bwiti ritual in Gabon.
The Iboga tree is central to the Bwiti spiritual practices in West-Central Africa, mainly Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo, where the alkaloid-containing roots or bark are used in various ceremonies to create a near-death experience. Iboga is taken in massive doses by initiates of this spiritual practice, and on a more regular basis is eaten in smaller doses in connection with rituals and tribal dances performed at night.
In the night, magic dance of Baka. Dinner and night in tent.

Accommodation included: tent
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 10. April 4, 2023 (Tuesday). Baka Pygmies village – Equator – Odziba – Mbé

After breakfast, departure for the Mbé village, capital of the old kingdom of the Tékés to meet King Makoko. En route we visit to a Pygmies village, and also celebrate crossing of the equator in Makoua.
At the crossroads of Odziba, the road on the right leads to Mbé, capital of the Tékés, located 55km east of Odziba. A large village in the Plateaux region, Mbé has preserved some vestiges of the heroic era when the agglomeration was the capital of a vast kingdom of 85,000 square km, extending over the Congo and the former Zaire, on both sides.
Arrival and installation of tents. Campfire. The traditional dance of Bateke people, the village elders tell us stories around the fire. Some chiefs still paint their faces with yellow and red color during the ceremonies. Dinner and night in tents in Mbé.

Accommodation included: Onanga hotel
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 11. April 5, 2023 (Wednesday). Mbé – Ngabé

Breakfast, meeting with King Makoko and departure for Ngabé. You can still see in Mbé the royal residence of Makoko, a brick house and a stele commemorating the signing of the famous treaty of 1880. It is indeed here that French explorer De Brazza made his first encounter with the Makoko Ilôo 1st, of which he kept a dazzled memory. We will attend the traditional dance "Mantsièmè" or "Kébé-Kébé", deliver our gifts to King Makoko. 4 km from Mbé, we will visit the Valley of the Butterflies, at the edge of a small clear stream.
Then we will continue towards Ngabé, 40 km west of Mbé. Arrival in Ngabé and installation at Touristic Lodge Ngabe.

Accommodation included: Touristic Lodge Ngabe
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 12. April 6, 2023 (Thursday). Ngabé – Fishermen village

After breakfast, meeting with the Queen, delivery of gifts brought.
It was in Ngabé, a small port on the Congo River, that the wives of the Tékés kings once resided, the first of whom, "La Ngassa", bore the title of Queen and played a major role in the Kingdom. She was often chosen to become the guardian of sacred objects, in particular "Nkwembali", the spirit of the kingdom residing in the sacred cataract. One of the last of these Queens, Ngalifourou, wife of King Makoko Ngankia, lived in Mbé until 1958 and her family has kept her ebony bust. According to those close to her, Ngalifourou had magical powers: she could make rain fall, transform herself into a man or an animal and command wild animals.
Explore surroundings of Ngabé and continue to the fishermen beach. Transfer to the port for boarding the boat. We will stop in a local village or in a fishing camp.
Dinner and overnight in tents in this small riverside village.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 13. April 7, 2023 (Friday). Fishermen village – Brazzaville

Breakfast and boat trip to Brazzaville. We continue fishing while approaching Brazzaville. If you are a good fisherman, you can get to know the Tiger Fish in the Congo River.
Discovery of Mbamou Island. Once the possession of the Téké Kings of Mbé, the island served as their warehouse and market. The Tékés gathered their goods there (tobacco, ivory and slaves) before bartering them to their Congo customers from the South, in contact with European navigators.
Arrival in Brazzaville and transfer to the Hotel de la Paix. Later in the afternoon we will meet the vivid Congolese Sapeurs (Dandies) around in the Brazzaville downtown.
Dinner, overnight.

Accommodation included: Hotel de la Paix
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 14. April 8, 2023 (Saturday). Brazzaville – Return flight

After early breakfast, short city tour in Brazzaville: visit of Savanio de Brazza sanctuary or monument, cosmopolite market.
At noon airport transfer. Return flight.

* Recommended flight:
- with Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, departure from Brazzaville at 12:10 on April 8,
- with RwandAir and Flydubai to Kigali and Dubai, departure from Brazzaville at 18:00 on April 8,
- with Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, departure from Brazzaville at 12:10 on April 9 (extra night in Brazzaville needed),
- with Air France to Paris, departure from Brazzaville at 22:10 on April 8,
- or any other flight with departure from Brazzaville no earlier than at noon on April 8.

Accommodation included: no
Meals included: breakfast

Cost includes:

• Charter domestic flight Bangui – Bayanga (Dzanga Sangha park),
• accommodation in lodges and hotels based on DBL or TWIN rooms ,
• accommodation in camping based on SINGLE,
• camping equipment: tents, mattresses, furniture, cooking stuff, dishware, cutlery,
• full board meals (3 times a day) along the whole itinerary,
• unlimited drinking mineral water along the whole itinerary,
• transport: minibus or Toyota Coaster bus in Bangui city and Brazzaville city, 4x4 jeep vehicles (3 participants in each car maximum) in other places, all with AC and experienced drivers,
• all airport transfers,
• all boats along the route,
• western lowland gorilla tracking in Dzanga Sangha NP,
• all safaris in Dzanga Sangha NP,
• all permits,
• all activities, visits and entrance fees along the route,
• all ceremonies and folklore along the route,
• governmental taxes,
• financial support of local communities/tribes,
• photo- and video shooting allowance,
• experienced English speaking professional guide along the whole route,
• Russian-speaking and English-speaking team leader Mzungu


Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

• international flight to Bangui (CAR) and back from Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo)
• international medical insurance
• CAR visa (about USD 150, to be obtained on arrival in Bangui airport. Or to be obtained on your own in the CAR Embassy in any other country in advance),
• Republic of the Congo visa (about USD 150, to be arranged by the guide in the Congo Embassy in CAR, whilst we are in Bangui. Or to be obtained on your own in the Congo Embassy in any other country in advance)
• tips
• alcohol, soft drinks and personal expenses
• single accommodation in lodges and hotels



To take with:

- sets of clothes suitable for the weather conditions, including lightweight clothes (shorts, T-shorts), and one set of warm clothes (hoody or light jacket), long sleeve clothes
- sun hat/panama
- swimwear
- raincoat
- comfortable trekking footwear, light footwear (sneakers)
- sleeping bag for warm weather
- mosquito net for sleeping place (is a must!)
- personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues, soap)
- individual medical kit (analgesics, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydration, court plaster, your personal medications)
- anti malaria prevention pills (up to you to decide but recommended)
- yellow fever certificate (is a must!)
- certificate with negative result of PCR coronavirus test and/or COVID full vaccination certificate (to be verified before the trip)
- sunblock set (cream, spray)
- various repellents (is a must!)
- sunglasses
- big backpack for stuff (up to 70 l)
- small backpack for radial walks (25 – 30 l)
- head torch
- favorite meals (chocolate, nuts)
- photo and video camera, tripod
- power bank, batteries
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