The Central African Republic, formerly known as Oubangui Chari, lies in the heart of Africa right on the Equator. The C.A.R. offers a wide variety of species, including the much sought after Bongo and Giant Eland (also known as the Lord Derby Eland). Our safaris cater to the trophy hunter and collector who wants to hunt the best areas, with the best professional hunters, and have the best possible all around safari.
With camps in the northern, central and southeastern regions of the country we have the ability to offer the largest quotas of Lord Derby Eland and Bongo in Central Africa. We can even offer combination safaris for both species; however, one should realize that success on both Bongo and Lord Derby Eland on one safari can be difficult. We recommend focusing on one of the two major species during a hunt. This allows a hunter to take either the Bongo or the Eland, and then have time to hunt the other species like Central African Savannah Buffalo, Road, Yellow Backed Duiker, Harnessed Bushbuck, Lelwel’s Hartebeest, Western Duiker, Giant Forest Hog, etc.
Our new Lord Derby Eland consistently produces 50 inch trophies and a success rate of 100%.
The below are some statistics from the Safari Club International Record Book.
- 45 of the top 50 SCI Giant Eland are from the CAR with consecutive entries from 1 to 22
- 4 of the top 10 Bongo came from the CAR, including the 1 and 2 records
- 3 of the top 10 Forest Sitatunga, including 1 and 4 records
- 42 of the top 50 Western Roan with consecutive entries from 1 to 14
- The first 25 consecutive recordbook entries for Central African Savannah Buffalo
- Seven of the top 10 Harnesses Bushbuck.
- Savanna or Lord Derby Eland hunts are hosted from the end of December through March
- Forest or Bongo hunts are hosted from the end of April through July
Safari Areas, Hunting Methods and Conditions
The habitat consists of guinea woodland savanna, interspersed with grassy plains and riverine thickets along the major rivers and streams. Although hunting the Giant Eland can be very hard work, we have developed a tremendous network of hunting roads which enables us to cut their tracks in a grid system. This system is extremely beneficial to the elderly hunters by allowing us to follow the Giant Eland by vehicle, using GPS and radios. When nearing the animal the vehicle is abandoned and the team pursues on foot for the final stalk. This, combined with a healthy population of Giant Eland in our concessions, has been the formula for our clients’ outstanding success of the recent years.
During the course of your hunt you will encounter some of the other animals on offer in our Savanna areas, such as Western Roan, Central African Savanna Buffalo, Lellwel’s Hartebeest, Western Kob and the smaller game. Late afternoons are normally spent hunting these animals, unless you are following Eland.
Our Forest hunts are hosted from the end of April through July, in our hunting concession situated in the dense Rain Forest region of Bayanga in the south most tip of the Central African Republic. This area lies between the Republic of Congo and Cameroon and forms a part of the Congo Basin. The habitat consists of dense high canopy rain forest, with streams, marshes and salt licks. The climate during this time of the year, although humid, is tolerant as you will experience regular rain showers and thunder storms.
As our concession is flanked by two National Parks, Nkoki in the south and Dzangha Sangha in the north, combined with an extensive network of roads from past logging operations. Our success rate on Bongo hunts are the highest in CAR today.
We employ Pygmies and dogs as the principal means of hunting Bongo. This is the only method to get a good Bongo, as your guide can assess the animal’s sex, maturity and trophy size. This makes for a very exciting hunt, but seeing your pigmy trackers at work following a big Bongo in the near dark forest, will leave you as a hunter with an everlasting respect of these small people’s unrivaled skill as the best trackers in the world. If you can walk 5 to 6 miles per day you should have no problem obtaining a trophy bongo.
The other option for Bongo hunting is to sit in a machan on a forest saline and wait for the bongo and other animals to come on their daily routine. This is the African equivalent of blind or “high seat” hide hunting. For those with physical disabilities this is the best option to hunt bongo.
Also on offer in this area are the Dwarf Forest buffalo, Forest Sitatunga, Giant Forest Hog and numerous Duiker species. Some of these animals can be hunted from machans (raised platforms) around the clearings during the late evening and early morning. The Dwarf Buffalo is one of the most challenging animals to hunt and requires lots of patience and skill on the hunter’s part. Afternoons are spent hunting the duikers by having the pigmies imitate a distress call, or you can fish for Goliath Tigerfish on the River.
Aouk Sangha Safaris Camps
We use permanent chalets with ensuite bathrooms in both our Forest and Savannah safari camps. The camps are very luxurious considering the remoteness of the hunting areas. We also have a fly-camp available in the Lord Derby Eland area for clients wanting to reach the extreme regions of our hunting areas.