- Zakouma National Park
- Afternoon and evening game drives
- Walking safaris are also available along the banks of the Tinga River
(10 Day / 9 Night)
Located in south eastern Chad, you’ll find Zakouma National Park, one of the last remaining Sudano-Sahelian ecosystems in Africa, and a true wildlife treasure.
Uncover 350 000 ha of raw, wild Africa. Here, lions roam open plains in search of vast buffalo herds, and red-billed queleas flock in their thousands. Roan , tiang , and other rarities , as well as amazing birding complete the picture , as well as local villages and cultures ……
A park once ravaged by civil conflict and poaching, Zakouma is one of African Parks real turnaround success stories. Evidence of their conservation efforts being rewarded include:
In April 2018, Wild Frontier’s will be heading to Zakouma on a 10 day expedition led by our director John Addison. Best known as that bare footed guy always on the quest for Africa’s next best kept secret, John is, a seventh generation South African who has guided and travelled in most parts of Africa for over 35 years.
A trip with John is guaranteed to be a treat, as his vast knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for all things wild and natural is spelling binding. If hot, untamed and untouched is the way you like it, this is one safari you cannot miss.
Day 1: Wednesday, 11 April
Arrive in the capital of Chad, N’djaména, and transfer to Hilton Hotel.
The capital and the largest city of Chad, N’djeména is a port city on the Chari River. It is a hub for agricultural production in Chad, including a regional market for many food products.
Overnight stay at Hilton Hotel in preparation for charter flight to Zakouma National Park.
Travel from Hilton Hotel to airport for charter flight to Zakouma National Park. From the airstrip in Zakouma National Park, you will be transferred to Tinga Camp (15 minute drive). This camp is idyllically located on the Tinga River. There are six chalets at Tinga, recently refurbished, with four twin/double rooms. There is a fully equipped restaurant and bar.
Activities at Tinga include morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Walking safaris are also available along the banks of the Tinga River, close to camp.
Day 3 – 9: Friday, 13 April – Thursday, 19 April
For the next 7 days, you can explore Zakouma at your leisure. You will have your own vehicle and guide.
Charter flight from Zakouma National Park to N’djaména. Overnight in N’djaména, or flight out same day.
The Story Behind Zakouma National Park
Neglected for extended periods during times of civil conflict, new life and energy is being injected into one of the last remnants of the Sudo-Sahelian ecosystems. Declared a national park in 1963, the park was thriving with wildlife and potential to be one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations.
As the park thrived, so did poachers in the region. When animal populations rose, this was a temptation for poachers to take advantage. Add to this the regional conflicts, this exacerbated poaching in the park – elephant populations dropped from 4,000 in 2002 to 450 in 2010.
Africa Parks Takes Over
Africa Parks (https://www.african-parks.org/) have subsequently become custodians of the park. Since taking over the park, there have been massive improvements:
Plans are in the pipeline to improve education and expand on the four elephant schools that address the challenge of a dispersed population. There are further plans to reintroduce black rhino and the creation of an elephant corridor beyond the park. Encouraging tourists to come back into the park is also a major priority.
As an important source of water, in a harsh environment, for animal species in the region, Zakouma attracts amazing wildlife. The dry season is particularly good for game viewing because this attracts wildlife that migrates out of the park during the wet season. Some of the wildlife you can encounter:
Predators – Lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog. Other smaller species include, civet, serval, caracal, jackal,…
Herbivores – Elephant, Kordofan giraffe, Central African Savannah buffalo, Western greater kudu, tiang, roan antelope,…
Threatened Species – Elephants, black crowned crane, black breasted barbet
Bird Species – Zakouma is a valuable stop-over and breeding ground for birds. A total of 388 bird species reside in the park
USD 4 950 per person sharing based on 6 pax travelling together with one host. Max 8 guests on this departure.
USD 700 single supplement, only 2 single rooms available – subject to availability at time of booking.
Package will be confirmed with minimum 6 guests.
*All prices are subject to change due to any unforeseen price increase.
It is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers to have travel insurance.
A visa is required for most travellers to Chad. Visa applications, costs and relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller (please refer to https://chad.travisa.com/ for more information). An invitation letter will be provided by Zakouma National Park once your booking is confirmed and we have received the passport information of each traveller.
A yellow fever certificate is required to enter Chad and you will be asked to present it on arrival. Zakouma is a malaria area and all visitors are advised to take the appropriate prophylaxis prescribed by their doctor. It is difficult to bring aerosol insect repellents into Chad, so we suggest guests bring an insect repellant in cream form. Make sure you cover up with long sleeve shirts, trousers and closed shoes in the evenings. Tsetse flies can be a problem along certain parts of the heavily wooded Salamat River and in the south of the park. While they have a nasty bite, they are generally harmless.
Although climate varies from north to south, the climate is predominantly hot and dry. In the region of Zakouma National Park the late, hot, dry season is March, April and May. Average minimum temperature range for the month of April is from 21 – 24oC. Average maximum temperature range for April is 34oC – 38oC, but temperatures can climb to 40oC and above. It’s advised to take precautions and come prepared for the warm climate so that you enjoy your stay.
Photography is not allowed in public places in Chad and particularly in the airport. The police are on the lookout for cameras so please keep all camera equipment & phones in your bags when travelling through the airport. Special permission has been given in Zakouma National Park. However we advise all guests to respect the law and local communities by not taking photos when visiting a village or market while in N’Djamena or around Zakouma.
Additional Links for Further Reading and Viewing
African Parks, Zakouma National Park – https://www.african-parks.org/the-parks/zakouma
Visa Details – https://chad.travisa.com/
Weather information – http://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/chad
Additional wildlife photos – http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-150/zakouma-national-park-raw-africa/ag-mag-gallery/image/zakouma-chad-cover-may/
(10 Day / 9 Night)