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Zakouma National Park, Pictus Safaris

Chad is one of the most exciting travel and safari destinations in the world right now and there are two spots left on a mammalwatching small group trip of a lifetime to Chad that I’m organizing with Pictus Safaris for next March.

This promises to be a superb adventure taking in Zakouma National Park; the enormous Réserve de Faune de Ouadi Rimé Ouadi Achim in the Sahara; and the empty and unexplored Ennedi Massif which has some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet.

We have 6 nights in Zakouma National Park, one of the finest national parks in Africa, with spectacular mammal and bird watching. A ton of diversity and huge numbers of animals congregate here at the height of the dry season in March. We will stay in the African Parks world famous  Tinga Camp. Species we will look for include Servals (this is one of the best places to find this beautiful cat), Caracal, Pallid Fox, Red-fronted Gazelle, Red-flanked Duiker, Northern Patas Monkey plus Elephants, Lion, and so much more.
We spend three nights in the Ouadi-Rime Faunal Reserve, that African Parks are also protecting: one of the world’s largest reserves and a last refuge for many Saharan mammals that have been hunted to the edge of extinction. Reintroduced wild living Oryx and Addax are here along with Dama Gazelles, Striped Hyena and Libyan Polecats. There are going to be plenty of very cool smaller mammals I suspect. We will stay in African Parks’ Oryx Camp.

By David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada – Aloba Arch

And we will spend 6 days travelling through the Ennedi Massif in the heart of the Sahara: empty and barely explored (there are claims that 75% of the area has yet to be explored). The scenery is mind-blowing and looks to be from another planet (check out https://www.atlasofwonders.com/…/forgotten-wonders-dead…) It is no surprise that so little seems to be known about the wildlife here. So if you ever wanted to discover a new mammal species then this might be your chance…
Of course the focus will be on mammalwatching, but there will be time for birds (really!), herps, photography and more. It is a trip that anyone with a sense of adventure will enjoy. And this is definitely a trip for the adventurous. We are camping (comfortable camps for much of the trip) and have tried to keep costs down so there will be some long, hot and bumpy drives but also one private charter flight.
I can’t remember when I have been more excited about a trip.
March 20 to April 10, 2023.
There are two spaces left on this small group safari (we will be 7 in total).
As Pictus recognize, “Chad is an extremely difficult and expensive area in which to operate. We have endeavoured to keep costs as low as possible, for example by arranging the sharing of flights, but this is undeniably an expensive trip.”  By sharing a private charter flight with another group Pictus have been able to reduce the cost to £9500 per person for the 3 weeks including the charter flight from the capital to Ennedi.
There is a £1550 single supplement though if you prefer to share your tent it is an option, at least it is for the next person who books.
A detailed itinerary from Pictus is here.
Of course let me know if you have any questions.

By David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada – Ennedi Mountains, CC

 

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