It is a large park, 4,540 km² (1770 sq mi) of tropical evergreen forest. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is also listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is one of the world's largest protected areas of virgin rainforest and has very diverse flora and fauna.
Flora and faunaEdit
Tropical, with dry and wet seasons. Don't come here in the rainy season.
There are two entry points into the park: the villages of Tai and Niebe. Nobody can enter the park on his own, since it is a protected area. In Tai, there is an NGO which runs a camp inside the park. The camp is primarily a base for observing the primate populations, but they can accommodate a small number of visitors. They charge 150,000 CFA for a 2 nights stay for one person, including transportation, meals and the permit required. The experience is really unique. The staff responsible for monitoring the monkeys will take you with them when they do their work, and answer your questions.
The other camp is accessible from Niebe. Apparently it was formerly run by the government, but was privatized and is now even more expensive than the one near Tai.
Tai and Niebe can only be reached on an unpaved road from Guiglo in the north or Tabou in the south. Tai is 3-4 hours from Guiglo.
Fees and permitsEdit
Permits are easily arranged by the organization that provides your trip. The fee is 15,000 CFA per person per day, which is usually included in the price.
In Tai village, Hotel Beau Sejour (6,000 CFA for a fan room) is quite ok. There are other hotels, but no luxury available.
This forest area is a natural reservoir of the Ebola virus. This is spread by contact with excretions or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans and the main defense is rigorous hygiene. As of early 2014, no vaccine has been approved for humans though there are candidates at various stages of research. Consult a doctor for details if planning a trip.