The Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA) comprises an area of about 4,500 km2 in the southern part of the prefecture of Sangha-Mbaéré, in the southwest of the Central African Republic. The park is part of the Trinational de la Sangha UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are 13 villages in the area, with the total population amounting to approximately 13,000 people, of which nearly 5,000 are indigenous. At the centre of the protected area is the main village of Bayanga, comprising of 5,000 residents and host to the only secondary school in the region.
The region is far from the capital Bangui, with little state presence and few government facilities in place. The nearest middle-sized towns are Nola and Bérberati.