James Hopkirk
Dzanga Bai is a huge clearing in the middle of the jungle in the Central African Republic, where herds of up to 200 forest elephants congregate to suck up mineral deposits. This pocket of protected forest is part of the Dzanga Sangha reserve in the remote south-western tip of the country. This large (but shrinking) tract of virgin rainforest houses an extraordinary array of indigenous wildlife, including elephants and western lowland gorillas.

Dzanga Bai is a huge clearing in the middle of the jungle in the Central African Republic, where herds of up to 200 forest elephants congregate to suck up mineral deposits. This pocket of protected forest is part of the Dzanga Sangha reserve in the remote south-western tip of the country. This large (but shrinking) tract of virgin rainforest houses an extraordinary array of indigenous wildlife, including elephants and western lowland gorillas.

With the Ba’Aka, a few miles south of Bayanga, Dzanga Sangha. The nets you can see here are used for hunting. Women take part in the hunt alongside the men.

With the Ba’Aka, a few miles south of Bayanga, Dzanga Sangha. The nets you can see here are used for hunting. Women take part in the hunt alongside the men.

Dinner of duiker and manioc in the Ba’Aka village, south of Bayanga in the Central African Republic.

Dinner of duiker and manioc in the Ba’Aka village, south of Bayanga in the Central African Republic.

Pirogue at dusk, the Sangha River, Central African Republic - seen from the terrace at Doli Lodge, just outside Bayanga.

Pirogue at dusk, the Sangha River, Central African Republic - seen from the terrace at Doli Lodge, just outside Bayanga.