- Zakouma National Park
- Game drives
- Walking safaris are also available along the banks of the Tinga River
(10 Day / 9 Night)
08 – 17 April 2020
Located in south eastern Chad, you’ll find Zakouma National Park, a true wildlife treasure. Uncover 350 000 hectares 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 , amazing birding, local villages and cultures complete this very special picture. 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 2020, Wild Frontiers will be returning to Zakouma on a 10 day expedition led by Alan McSmith. With 32 years of safari industry experience in several African countries, Alan lives and breathes as a private safari guide, tracker and conservationist. He is an accredited Zakouma guide who led our 2019 trip to Zakouma.
FEEDBACK FROM GUESTS ON 2019 ZAKOUMA SAFARI
A couple that joined us are really expert African travellers having been on countless safaris, but they say this was “probably the best safari experience we have ever had. Alan is an excellent guide and really added value to the experience, being particularly good at spotting on night drives. Day & night games drives were extremely productive. We enjoyed other activities like walking safaris and a village market visit. Game and birdlife was extremely plentiful and interesting. Zakouma fully lives up to its reputation, with the trip being very well organized, and can be highly recommended.”
DAY 1: Wednesday, 08 April 2020
Arrive in the capital of Chad, N’djaména, and transfer to Hilton Hotel.
The capital and the largest city of Chad, N’djaména is a port city on the Chari River. Overnight stay at Hilton Hotel including breakfast.
DAY 2: Thursday, 09 April 2020
Transfer from Hilton Hotel to airport for charter flight to Zakouma National Park. From the airstrip in Zakouma, you will be transferred to Tinga Camp (15 minute drive). Tinga is idyllically located on the Tinga River. The camp and chalets are very rustic, but comfortable. There is a fully equipped restaurant and bar. We will have our own private vehicle for enjoying game drives. Walking safaris are also available along the banks of the Tinga River, close to camp.
DAYS 3 – 9: Friday, 10 April – Thursday, 16 April
For the next 7 days, explore the many treasures of Zakouma from your base at Tinga Camp
DAY 10: Friday, 17 April
Charter flight from Zakouma National Park to N’djaména to connect with your international flight back home.
The Story Behind Zakouma National Park
Zakouma National Park in Chad is one of Africa’s most remarkable stories of transformation. Between 2002 to 2010, 95% of the parks’ elephants were poached – almost 4,000 were slaughtered for their ivory, and poachers would often take out multiple family units at the same time. Not only were they destroying the parks wildlife, they were wreaking havoc on local people too. In 2010, African Parks, on invitation by the Chadian Government, signed a long-term agreement to manage Zakouma and stop the bloodshed.
Thanks to their efforts and effective community work, only 24 known elephants have been lost to poaching since 2010. Along with providing law enforcement, African Parks built ‘Elephant Schools’ for local communities, helping more than 1,500 children get an education. With law enforced and security reclaimed, tourists began to visit, delivering needed revenue back to the park and local communities.
With peace restored to the region, something miraculous happened. Elephants were able to be elephants once again, and for the first time in years, they began to breed and raise their young. In early 2018, 103 calves under the age of three were counted. In 2011, one was counted. The elephant population has now surpassed 559 individuals and is on the rise for the first time in a decade. The story of Zakouma is of a park rising from the ashes and becoming an unlikely tale of redemption, for people and animals alike.
Greater Zakouma Ecosystem covers an expansive 30,693 km2, of which 7,692 km2 includes Zakouma National Park (3,049 km2) and Siniaka Mania Faunal Reserve (4,643 km2). Both of these protected areas fall under the direct management of African Parks. This ecosystem, which is situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above the fertile rainforest regions, comprises of critical conservation areas for key species in Central Africa.
Africa Parks Takes Over
Zakouma was declared a national park in 1963 by Presidential Decree, giving it the highest form of protection available under the laws of Chad.Within two years of taking over management, African parks entirely halted elephant poaching within the extended elephant range. The elephant population now exceeds 550 individuals.
Other species in the park are also increasing in number, including the kordofan giraffe (of which 50% of their global population is found in Zakouma), roan antelope and Lelwel’s hartebeest. The park’s buffalo population, reduced to about 220 animals in 1986, numbers over 10,000 today.
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
You can read Alan’s blog on the 2019 Zakouma trip at: https://www.wildfrontiers.com/zakouma-beyond-the-frontier/
Package will be confirmed with minimum 6, maximum 8 guests.
USD 6895.00 per person sharing
USD 7495.00 per single person
Payment terms : A 50% non refundable deposit is required to secure participation on this trip.
Full payment is due 3 months prior to travel : 08 January 2020
PLEASE NOTE that pricing is subject to increases beyond our control including fuel price increases for charter flights, and government taxes. We reserve the right to adjust prices accordingly and will inform you should such changes occur.
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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.
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