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Trip report to CAR and Cameroon.pdf I just returned from a very special trips to one of the most amazing places I've ever visited: Dzangha-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic. It's a long report because it has a LOT of info about the animals we saw, and some about animals we missed. It's totally different from your typical Eastern/Southern African Safari, and there is almost no overlap in the species you see. What an amazing place. I just have to note something very important for anyone considering going to Dzanga-Sangha: It's SAFE! Yes, the Central African Republic is considered a War Zone, but it's only in the North, 100s of miles from this reserve, and from the amazing Sangha Lodge. You should get there via flight from Bangui or Yaounde, or by driving the long and turtourous road from Yaounde to Libongo. But once you get there, it's more safe than the USA has been over the past few years, with all the shootings etc... Enjoy :-)
Thought I might ask about a missed i.d from a morning game drive in the Mara almost 20 years back. It was possibly our first safari . As the vehicles were filing out of camp through the trees/scrub in early morning I saw a pair of small antelopes 30m off to the side,standing watching us go by. No one seemed to see or notice them. I guessed they were a kind of duiker,but which ? As we were in a bit of a convoy I didnt ask the driver to stop. Also I thought as I had seen the species in the first minute of our first drive from that camp,I assumed they must be common and I could ask next time I saw one. Also being a newbie at that time there is a reluctance to ask. Needless to say I never saw the species again. In camp in the evening I asked what local antelope is between the size of a dik dik and a bushbuck. "Well,,,nothing" came the reply,to which I said well there were two of them just on the edge of camp this morning. The guide agreed they were duikers but said no one had ever seen one there.. This was in Keekorok area . Can anyone hazard an i.d based on knowledge of duikers in that area then or now? Even today I have only ever seen one other diuker,a Common,in the Delta last year. Please forgive my naming addiction which causes a missed i.d to annoy me even after 20 years have passed !
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