Located in north-central Africa, Chad is nestled between the vast deserts of the Sahara to the north and the lush green rainforests of central Africa to the south. The Sahelian ecoclimatic belt cuts through Chad from east to west and has created an interesting mixture of landscapes – a desert to the north and a more fertile savanna zone to the south.
Since gaining independence in 1960, Chad has seen many intermittent periods of peace and unrest. Amongst all the difficulties in the region, there is a wealth of wildlife to the south and south-east of Chad’s capital N’Djamena. A particular point of interest is Zakouma National Park. This national park is a great conservation success story on the African continent and embodies Chad’s wealth of wildlife.