Gorillas, Elephants and Tourists – Oh my!
On return from Cameroon, we had one day to pack up and hit the road once more. This time to Bayanga, for something we never imagined we would do while within the borders of Central Africa – a bona fide, touristy vacation.
We drove 15 hours to Dzanga-Sangha National Park on the Sangha river and stayed at an old hunting lodge in the middle of pristine rain forest. The roads were brutal but it was totally worth it. We waded through a swamp full of elephant poo and braved swarms of sweat bees to see forest elephants digging for salt. Later, we followed pygmy trackers and spent some time with a gorilla family in the wild. And we ate the best food I’ve had to date in all of Central African Republic. Even got a few good pictures as well.
Love to all,
Over, around, or through?
What a hut!
What a view! Just no A/C, curtains, or wall.
Free pest control with every room
We're off to see some elephants!
They dig for mineral salts in this clearing.
Some just cool off in the water.
And some just play.
Calves learn from their mothers.
They blow the silt off the bottom first.
Forest elephants are only about two-thirds the size of savanna elephants.
On the viewing platform.
Whole families come together.
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How to get through the swamp?
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It was very dark and we were shooting through 30 feet of leaves.
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The silverback, Makumba. 350 lbs of grace, power, and beauty.
Jes and Makumba
The pygmy trackers know the forest well.
He let us observe them for a while.
It was an unforgettable, spine tingling experience.
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Bat trail and Southern Cross
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