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Rare access to wilderness unlike you've see before!
Only 112 visitors are allowed per year!!!
Zakouma Chad Photo Safari
Massive elephant herds, aerial safaris, rare birds and more!
Jan 08 - Jan 17
2017
If you think you've see the best of what Africa has to offer for wildlife safaris, think again.. Think ZAKOUMA in Chad. Starting a little over a year ago in January 2015, Africa Parks opened Zakouma up to to visitation, and with only 112 guests admitted per year, we are very excited that WANT Expeditions is one of the select companies Africa Park's is working with to bring groups into Zakouma.

Zakouma has the four out of the big five, including buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant, and its elephant herd is one of the largest left in Africa. If you're a bird lover, this trip has your name on it too! On of the rarest birds in Africa, The Black-Breasted Barbet, can be found here, and you're guaranteed to add many new species to your bird list.

With excellent tented accommodation, wonderful meals, opportunities for aerial safaris, accommodation, and the massive volume of wildlife and huge herds around every corner, you are guaranteed to have a safari experience like none other. Space is extremely limited to 8 guests so sign up today!

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think that anywhere in North Africa could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wildlife and safari destinations of East and Southern Africa. Yet, nothing could have prepared me for how truly great Zakouma National Park in Chad is and how well it stacks up as a must-see safari destination for travelers with a passion for wildlife and true wilderness." -Colin Bell in an article on Zakouma for 'Africa Geographic'
Detailed itinerary:
Jan 8 N’Djamena
  Today is dedicated to arrivals into the capital of Chad, N'Djamena. Upon arrival and clearing customs, you will be picked up and transferred to our hotel. Our first official activity will commence at 19:00 for our Welcome Orientation and Dinner, but for those itching to explore the city, every Sunday the city's residents gather at a dusty, but exciting horse racing track located near the presidential palace. This is an exciting opportunity to spend some time with the locals and experience another side of Chad.
  Accommodation: Hilton Hotel
Jan 9 Zakouma National Park
  Our first introduction to Zakouma's wildlife starts this evening with a night drive in open safari vehicles. Night drives are exciting for catching larger predators, like leopard, in the midst of a hunt, but its also the best way to see many of the smaller predators, such as serval. Other likely sightings include; honey badger, civet, genet, wild cat, caracal, sand fox and jackal, and with a little luck, we might see striped hyena.

Zakouma was created in 1963, it was Chad's first national park, and has an area of almost 3,000 square kilometres (1,200 sq mi). It is home to 66 species of mammals, and a bird list topping almost 400 species, many of which are rare and/or endangered.
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 10 Zakouma National Park
  What makes Zakouma so spectacular is not just the array of animals, but the size of the herds. It's not unusual to see 10-20 Kordofan giraffes at a time, and their numbers inside the park comprise over 50 percent of the entire African population. Same goes for large colonies of beautiful northern carmine bee-eaters, but the real draw is Zakouma's mega herd of elephants, which we will search for both on land and by aerial safari.
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 11 Zakouma National Park
  Our activities over the next three days will be determined by wildlife movements, but our schedule will be packed with walking safaris, driving safaris, night drives, and perhaps most excitingly aerial safari. Aerial safaris give us the opportunity to cover greater distances in the park, and are one of the best ways to observe the mega herds of elephant, buffalo and giraffe. With an aerial safari, we will also be able to stay overnight in a different part of the park, and have the opportunity to interact with some of the most remote tribes in all of Africa. Accommodation will be in dome tents.
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 12 Zakouma National Park
 
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 13 Zakouma National Park
 
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 14 Zakouma National Park
  The park itself has been under pressure for years from civil war and subsequent poaching. One of the biggest goals of reopening Zakouma is to the bridge the gap between visitors and locals. Saturday is market day, and it is a great opportunity for us to interact with the nomadic people that live in and around the park. The market primarily consists of livestock, but smaller vendors set up shop to sell smaller, but extremely important staples like salt and cell phone chargers. Our visit is great for community support and interaction.
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 15 Zakouma National Park
  Resume safari activities.
  Accommodation: Camp Nomade
Jan 16 N’Djamena
  After one last breakfast in our beautiful camp, we'll pack our belongings and set off back for N’Djamena and a relaxing afternoon so we can plan and prep for our upcoming travels. We'll enjoy a nice Farewell dinner, and discuss our experiences as one of the select few that have the opportunity to visit this incredible place!
  Accommodation: Hotel
Jan 17 Departure
  Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flights. We recommend combining this trip with our Ethiopian Photo expedition. Safe travels!
 
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Trip price: in double room: USD 9,499
  in single room: USD 9,899

Trip images:
Trip price: in double room: USD 9,499
  in single room: USD 9,899
Price includes:
· all accomodation
· all meals
· all activities mentioned in the program
· all land transportation
· bottled water in transport vehicles
· all airport and local transfers
· all national park fees
· all entrance fees
· all local guiding fees
· international tour leader
· all tips
· all government taxes and levies
· all beverages at safari camps
· all domestic flights
· photography education and assistance

Price excludes:
· international flights
· travel insurance
· personal expenses at accommodation
· departure taxes at airports
· visa fees
· any other items not mentioned above