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Chad safaris

Chad is a unique safari experience! Africa’s fifth largest country, Chad is wild, expansive and one of the last true wilderness areas – explore the untouched!

Chad is one of the least visited of all African countries. It’s not for first timers but for those who are looking for adventure and experiential travel - there’s nowhere quite like it!

Why Chad

Landscapes are rugged, the wildlife is excellent and Chad is home to the Big 5.  100+ lions in Zakouma National Park along with rhinoceros (recently re-introduced), antelope, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and 400+ bird species who are attracted to the extensive marshlands and pans during the dry season.

  • Zakouma National Park  is under the management of African Parks since 2010. Zakouma lies between the rainforest and the Sahara Desert, and is now a safe-haven for wildlife (Zakouma is in the Nat Geographic’s list of top places to visit in 2020!)
  • Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve came under management of African Parks in early 2018. UNESCO declared the unique natural formations and 7000 year rock art of the Ennedi Massif as a World Heritage Site

When to go on a safari to Chad

  • November to May : dry conditions. Wildlife returns to the parks.  March to early May are the best months to visit. Wildlife is excellent with Kordofan Giraffe, striped jackals and African elephant herds. Temperatures can reach around 45 degrees towards the end of the dry season, but there may also be some rainfall. Early months are cooler with little rain and temperatures of 30 degrees in the day, cooling down to 10 degrees at night
  • June to November : heavy rains – areas such as Zakouma pretty much inaccessible.  Wildlife migrates from the park or to higher land within

Deforestation has meant the loss of baobab, acacias, dates and palm trees. This has also caused the loss of natural habitat for wildlife. The increase in human settlement where the deforestation has taken place means that there’s more livestock farming and hunting - impacting on wildlife populations. Working with African Parks in areas such as Zakouma and Ennedi, there’s hope and signs that the conservation efforts will pay off.  The park employs villagers and creating schools, and we’re already seeing the increase in healthy elephant populations in Zakouma.

More about Chad

Take a walk on Africa’s wild side with our Zakouma safari

Chad River courtesy Jean Labuschagne

Zakouma Safari Chad

An epic 9 day exploration in Chad … where lions roam open plains in search of vast buffalo herds, and pans where cranes and red-billed quelea flock in their thousands…

From $6650 9 days / 8 nightsMore info

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Unlikely to fill mainstream bucket lists, Zakouma is right if you like things hot, untamed and untouched!