Last month, Will Jones travelled across the border from the Republic of Congo to Sangha Lodge in Dzanga Sangha Special Reserve in CAR. Highlights include spending time with Rod and Tamar Cassidy, visiting the ‘mother of all bais’, and accompanying the Ba’aka net hunters on an excursion into the forest.
For the more dedicated and adventurous of travellers to the Congo forest basin, one of the apex moments is a visit to the Dzanga Bai, in the Central African Republic. A local Ba’aka word, ‘bai’ means ‘forest clearing with water’, and Dzanga is the mother of all bais. As I discovered, it’s an experience best combined with another less understood apex moment: spending time with the Ba’aka and the net hunters of the forest.