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Western Lowland Gorillas, Pangolins, Forest Elephants and Pottos - My trip report from the Central African Republic and Cameroon

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#21 Atravelynn

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:13 AM

I'd pull a bee out of my eye to see a planned and an unplanned pangolin.  And you had so much more.  What a trip!


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 07:48 PM

@wenchy yes, we had some 8-8.5 hour days at the bai (well 3 of those, to be exact). I can't complain really, elephants, buffalos, giant hogs and a servaline genet! Sitatungas of course we only saw in Bai Hoku.

If (when) I come back again, I'd spend all my days at the Bai until I found my bongos, and then I'd go straight back to the river for river hogs, that otter and the De Brazza's monkeys again! I would presume you could see Red River hogs if you stay the night inside the park (either at Dzanga Bai or in one of the campsites near Dzanga or Bai Hoku) and start your Bai Walk very very early. Or just at night inside the Bai if you spend the night there.

 

@Atravelynn - Ha! That's a nice way to put it! Yes, I didn't have the most perfect first impression of Dzanga Bai with all these sweat bees, but if you asked me before this trip I would definitely have agreed to pull a bee out of my eye any day if I was told of all the amazing stuff I was going to see. Effing Wow. (still excited over it, and it's been 2 months now  :lol: )


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:52 AM

When post trip euphoria lasts 2 months, you know it was a good one!


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:59 PM

Awesome report Tomer!  I must have missed it on Mammalwatching.com.  I really didn't know much about this region before.  Being keen on primates, this seems like a great destination though.  Thanks for sharing your adventure.  I think I would have to fly there though since the hotel would not pass muster with my wife  :) .

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:56 PM

@Tomeslice - fabulous TR and fantastic, story-telling photos! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 08:42 AM

@Atdahl - that hotel was pretty bad.. the whole drive is pretty terrible (especially on the way back). If you can afford the >2000 euro per person each direction for the flight, I would. If you join a pre-booked flight with some seats left, you may be able to get it for slightly less. I was very excited about the primates there too, as there are some groups I've seen for the very first time, such as "true" guenons, mangabays, and of course gorillas! I think you can also see red colobus downstream from Sangha Lodge and maybe some other monkeys are around too. Also very small chance for chimpanzees along the Sangha River. We didn't even hear any on any day, but others do. I didn't try too hard to find less common primates because I was all about pangolins and otters and the "regular" stuff ;-)

 

@Sangeeta - it's absolutely my pleasure. I'm happy you enjoyed it :-)







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