• Zakouma Safari
  • Zakouma Chad
  • Camp Nomade - Busanga Safaris
  • Chad safari
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Zakouma Safari

Zakouma National Park is located in the very remote Salamat Region of south-eastern Chad,approximately 800km south east of the capital N'djamena. It has been described as one of the last strongholds for Central African wildlife and is considered a major conservation success story.

Busanga Safaris were invited to join the small band of Africa’s leading guides who have been on  exploratory safaris to Zakouma and we are able to arrange safaris to truly incredible wildlife destination.

This is so much more than a safari, it is an experience. The sheer beauty of the wooded bush interspersed with oxbow lagoons and rivers and vast open grasslands. The light creates a special atmosphere and  photographic opportunities are simply innumerable.
You will be surprised by the amount and diversity of the wildlife with any familiar species exhibiting regional differences to those you may have seen elsewhere. Behaviour exhibited is sometimes also contrary to what we think of as the norm, Buffalo are here in big numbers  and encountered often , a mix of Black and red they are clearly a blend of black cape and red Forrest buffalo,and they exhibit few of the aggressive  tendencies we are used too. Lions are here in good numbers, yet relatively shy, but curios to the point of having one individual chasing the turning wheel of our game drive vehicle.

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Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $950 subject to date and carrier

Price excluding international flights:
Price guide $9300
 
No single supplement
Safari Summary

Notes; 

This Safari is now Full .  ....  We are planning to run this safari again in 2019. Please register your interest as soon as possible so that we can add you to the safari.

WATCH THE CHAD VIDEO 

Dates available in 2017 7 2018 Contact us soon to register your interest as space is very limited.

Call ; Tony 01628 621685 or email Tony@busangasafari.co.uk

Expertly guided by Tyrone McKeith or one of a shortlist of guides permitted to bring guests to Zakouma 

Includes;  meals - drinks on safari - fee's taxes - domestic flights 

The basic plan:

Day 1
Fly Via Paris (just 5.1/2 hours!) Or Addis Ababa to N'djamena. You are met and transferred to the Hilton hotel for the night.

Day 2 to 8
Fly by private charter from N'djamena to Zakouma (2 hours), stay at Camp Nomade for the next7 nights, including a night bush camping on the Salamat River. 
Visit Park HQ, receive an enlightening talk by one of the senior members of the team and take a survey flight around Zakouma. 
Typical days; Early light breakfast around camp fire - game drive with your expert guide and local spotter/driver. Return to camp for lunch . 15.00 tea and cake (of course)! Before setting off again for a walk or drive. Returning to camp for showers , aperitifs and dinner under the stars. 

Day trip to Cash Casha village market. 

Day 9 
Fly to N’djamena to spend the night at the Hilton. This is an optional  buffer day in case of delays getting back from Zakouma.

Day 10
Fly home via Paris or Addis Ababa

Full Safari Details
Zakouma Safari

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE ITINERARY & IMAGES FOR THIS SAFARI 

Zakouma National Park is located in the very remote Salamat Region of south-eastern Chad,approximately 800km south east of the capital N'djamena. It has been described as one of the last strongholds for Central African wildlife and is considered a major conservation success story.

Busanga Safaris were invited to join the small band of Africa’s leading guides who have been on  exploratory safaris to Zakouma and we are able to arrange safaris to truly incredible wildlife destination.

This is so much more than a safari, it is an experience. The sheer beauty of the wooded bush interspersed with oxbow lagoons and rivers and vast open grasslands. The light creates a special atmosphere and  photographic opportunities are simply innumerable.
You will be surprised by the amount and diversity of the wildlife with any familiar species exhibiting regional differences to those you may have seen elsewhere. Behaviour exhibited is sometimes also contrary to what we think of as the norm, Buffalo are here in big numbers  and encountered often , a mix of Black and red they are clearly a blend of black cape and red Forrest buffalo,and they exhibit few of the aggressive  tendencies we are used too. Lions are here in good numbers, yet relatively shy, but curios to the point of having one individual chasing the turning wheel of our game drive vehicle. 
Due to the availability of water throughout the year in the east of the park, Zakouma is a sanctuary for west and Central African biodiversity. Some 66 mammal Species are found in Zakouma, of which 16 are large herbivores.

Notable mammals include the Kordofan giraffe, now probably comprising 50% of the African population, red-fronted gazelle, Lelwel’s hartebeest, tiang, oribi, Bohor reedbuck and the ground pangolin (Manis temminckii). Among the predators, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyaena  as well as smaller predators such as Viverridae species, serval, caracal, honey badger and wildcat occur in the park. Canidae is represented by four species including the Sand or Pale Fox and the Wild Dog. Three primates are found, namely the olive baboon, the patas monkey and the tantalus monkey. 
Most of Zakouma’s Elephants move in one mega heard which they have evolved to do as means of self protection after years of poaching. Always cautious and approached with care (see more on that later) an encounter with these elephants has to be one of Africa’s great wildlife encounters.

 Zakouma has at least 373 bird species recorded within its boundaries, including 40 raptor species. An Important Bird Area (IBA) survey was performed in Zakouma during 2001 by Birdlife International. Avian species of conservation priority occurring in Zakouma National Park include the black-crowned crane, the lappet faced vulture and the lesser kestrel all of which are IUCN listed as vulnerable with populations of the lesser kestrel and the lappet faced vulture recorded as decreasing. Species listed as Near Threatened include the Denham's bustard and the pallid harrier of which populations of the latter have been recorded as decreasing. Northern carmine bee-eaters are abundant as well as the red-billed queleas. Zakouma is also home to the Abyssinian Ground-hornbill. For keen birders and more information, 

The vegetation of Zakouma is very diverse and forms part of the tropical Sudano-Sahelian vegetation zone. Mainly characterised by Combretum or Acacia Savannah and marshy grasslands which are important for the grazers as the rest of the habitats dry out. Sections of gallery forests and floodplain depressions or pans are also common in the East. Inselbergs (granite domes) are a characteristic feature of the south-western area. Prominent tree species in the Combretum Savannah include the paperbark thorn, the white thorn, the axlewood tree. The Acacia Savannah is characterised by species such as the red acacia, also known as the shittah tree

During the dry season the herds remain largely within the boundaries of the park with an estimated core dry season range of 850km2. The herds leave Zakouma during the wet season either moving northwards or westwards towards the Siniaka-Minia Reserve. During this wet season migration they cover distances of up to 170km, most of which are in unprotected countryside. Herds may remain outside of the protection of the Zakouma boundaries for as long as three months.

Apart from the wildlife experience and being this safari is about witnessing the front end of wildlife conservation where conservationist lead teams of dedicated bush harden rangers who risk everything to protect Zakouma’s wildlife heritage. Severe poaching of Zakouma's elephants over recent years has seen the population plummet from over 4,000 individuals in 2006 to a 2011 census count of 454. The evidence shows that by far the majority of elephant have been killed within the park boundary over the past 10 years.  Since African Parks organisation assumed control of Zakouma in December 2010, few elephants have been poached in the park and many new elephant calves are now being seen, marking a turning point for Zakouma’s elephant population. You will meet the people who run the park and conditions permitting join them on survey flights  across Zakouma to locate and monitor the movement of the mega herd. This unique experience will give you a great overview of the park and the memory will live with you for ever.

We will also take you out side of Zakouma to visit neighbouring village market to experience some where only a very small number of europeans have set foot, cameras are discouraged, true Nomads move through this region giving you a vision of life unchanged for centuries.

Our base is Camp Nomade It is a truly authentic and intimate safari experience. We cannot envisage a more suitable camp for its surroundings. The tented camp is light enough to move through-out the season as the game congregates around the rapidly drying pans. This is the perfect style of camp, extremely comfortable net sided tents with classic  bucket shower ensuite bathrooms and a tented main boma decorated in a chic central African style designed to capture the romance of the nomadic culture that is an integral part of Chadian/Sahelian culture. 
Staff who until recently simply would not have experienced westerners have been encouraged and trained to provide great hospitality and provide excellent meals. 
We will explore on game drives and have chance to walk, we also plan to spend a night or two bush camping in mozi net dome tents on the banks of the remote Salamat River. 
You will be guided through out by Tyrone McKeith and/or depending on when you would like to travel possibly one of the other expert guides also amongst the list of preferred guides allowed to bring guests to Zakouma.

The basic plan:

Day 1
Fly Via Paris (just 5.1/2 hours!) Or Addis Ababa to N'djamena. You are met and transferred to the Hilton hotel for the night.

Day 2 to 8
Fly by private charter from N'djamena to Zakouma (2 hours), stay at Camp Nomade for the next7 nights, including a night bush camping on the Salamat River. 
Visit Park HQ, receive an enlightening talk by one of the senior members of the team and take a survey flight around Zakouma. 
Typical days; Early light breakfast around camp fire - game drive with your expert guide and local spotter/driver. Return to camp for lunch . 15.00 tea and cake (of course)! Before setting off again for a walk or drive. Returning to camp for showers , aperitifs and dinner under the stars. 

Day trip to Cash Casha village market. 

Day 9 
Fly to N’djamena to spend the night at the Hilton. This is an optional  buffer day in case of delays getting back from Zakouma.

Day 10
Fly home via Paris or Addis Ababa

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $950 subject to date and carrier

Price excluding international flights:
Price guide $9300
 
No single supplement
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes; 

This Safari is now Full .  ....  We are planning to run this safari again in 2019. Please register your interest as soon as possible so that we can add you to the safari.

WATCH THE CHAD VIDEO 

Dates available in 2017 7 2018 Contact us soon to register your interest as space is very limited.

Call ; Tony 01628 621685 or email Tony@busangasafari.co.uk

Expertly guided by Tyrone McKeith or one of a shortlist of guides permitted to bring guests to Zakouma 

Includes;  meals - drinks on safari - fee's taxes - domestic flights 

The basic plan:

Day 1
Fly Via Paris (just 5.1/2 hours!) Or Addis Ababa to N'djamena. You are met and transferred to the Hilton hotel for the night.

Day 2 to 8
Fly by private charter from N'djamena to Zakouma (2 hours), stay at Camp Nomade for the next7 nights, including a night bush camping on the Salamat River. 
Visit Park HQ, receive an enlightening talk by one of the senior members of the team and take a survey flight around Zakouma. 
Typical days; Early light breakfast around camp fire - game drive with your expert guide and local spotter/driver. Return to camp for lunch . 15.00 tea and cake (of course)! Before setting off again for a walk or drive. Returning to camp for showers , aperitifs and dinner under the stars. 

Day trip to Cash Casha village market. 

Day 9 
Fly to N’djamena to spend the night at the Hilton. This is an optional  buffer day in case of delays getting back from Zakouma.

Day 10
Fly home via Paris or Addis Ababa