Manovo-Gounda St Floris is the largest park in the Central African savannas. Straddling the two ecological zones, Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park owes its importance to its rich flora and fauna. Its vast savannahs are home to a wide variety of species: black rhinoceroses, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, red-fronted gazelles and buffalo, while various types of waterfowl are to be found in the northern floodplains. In 1988, listed in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park is located in the Central African Republic prefecture Bamingui-Bangoran, near the Chad border.
About Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
- The Manovo Gounda St Floris National Park contains extraordinary natural formations. The Park straddles the Sudano-Sahelian and Sudano-Guinean biogeographical zones. This results in a variety of habitats from grassy plains in the north to savannas with gallery forests in the south.
- The national park encompasses the entire watershed of three major rivers (Manovo, Koumbala and Gounda) with grassy floodplains and wetlands. The plains are interspersed with small granitary inselbergs with, to the south, the rugged sandstone massif of the Bongos.
- This vast Park, surrounded by hunting areas and with a functional corridor to the National Park of Bamingui-Bangoran, protects the largest savanna of Central Africa. It represents a unique example of this type of ecosystem, home to viable populations of different species typical of this part of Africa and others from East and West Africa.
- The Park’s wildlife reflects its transitional position between East and West Africa, the Sahel and the rain-forests. It contains the richest fauna of the country including about 57 species of mammals that have been well protected in the past. In this respect, it resembles the rich savannas of East Africa.
Best Time to Visit
With the constant rainfall, the best time to visit Central African Republic is in winter, between November and April. Even though it rains in the south of the country and Bangui in February most of the national parks are open all year long.
About Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR), as its name signifies, is in the heart of Africa. The cities and urban centres may remind you of the French connection but the countryside remain the true African experience. This country is home to more than 15,000 pygmies and other tribes who have stayed with the ways of their ancestors and forefathers. Like the pygmies many other tribes in the CAR also use the barter system. Most of the tribes use the inter-tribal language known, as Sango, which is spoken along the Oubangui River but its understood by everybody in CAR.