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Chad Safaris

Unlike some other African safari destinations, Chad remains relatively untouched. The wild experiences this remote destination offers are unparalleled. Venturing into the rugged and raw wilderness of Zakouma National Park is truly unique and regarded as one of Africa’s best kept secrets. This park had over 4,000 elephants in 2002, but years of intensive poaching reduced that number to 450 by 2010. This was the year that Zakouma was taken over by the NGO African Parks, and with the implementation of increased security measures, specialist ranger training, satellite collaring of wildlife and community outreach events, the park's fortunes have taken a decided turn for the better.

The Chad Safari Experience

  • Conservation - Join in with daily activities, engaging with the African Parks Conservation Network
  • Fly Camping - Explore Chad through the thrilling use of fly-camping
  • Big Cat Tracking - Track the healthy resident lion population of Zakouma National Park
  • Birding - Chad is home to over 500 species of bird
  • Vast Plains - Roam Chad’s wild desert landscapes in search of African wildlife

Talk to a Chad Destination Specialist

How much does Chad cost?

A 9-day specialist-led safari in Chad starts at $18,000 per person. This includes domestic flights, transfers, game drives, guided activities by Rob Janisch, and staying at the mobile Camp Nomade.

What time of year is best to visit Chad?

The best time to go to Chad is typically between November and May. We do not recommend visiting Chad from June until October when the heavy rains pour, leaving Zakouma National Park flooded and completely impassable. Read more about when to go to Chad.

Where to Stay in Chad?

The best places to stay in Zakouma National Park are Camp Nomade, Tinga Camp and Warda camp, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience. Read more about where to stay.

Chad Safaris FAQs

What time of year is best to visit Chad?

The best time to visit Chad is during the dry season from November to February, when the weather is cooler and more pleasant, making it ideal for wildlife viewing, cultural experiences, and outdoor activities. The hot season from March to May is characterised by high temperatures, while the rainy season from June to October brings heavy rainfall and lush landscapes, though it may also affect accessibility to some areas. Factors such as security conditions and regional considerations should be taken into account when planning your visit to Chad.

What are three big tourist attractions in Chad?

Three prominent tourist attractions in Chad include Zakouma National Park, renowned for its diverse wildlife including elephants and lions; the Ennedi Plateau, a UNESCO World Heritage site with breathtaking rock formations and ancient rock art; and Lake Chad, offering opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, and cultural experiences in the surrounding villages. These attractions highlight Chad's unique natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage, making it an intriguing destination for adventurous travellers seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Do I need a visa for Chad?

Most visitors to Chad require a visa to enter the country. The specific visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality, purpose of visit, and the length of your stay. It's important to check with the Chadian embassy or consulate in your country or visit their official website to get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements, application procedures, and any changes that may have occurred since my last update. It's advisable to start the visa application process well in advance of your planned travel dates to ensure a smooth entry into Chad.

How many elephants are in Chad?

As of the latest information provided in April, the elephant population in Chad's Zakouma National Park has been confirmed at around 550 elephants. This represents positive progress for elephant conservation efforts in the region, especially considering the challenges posed by poaching and habitat loss. These numbers reflect the dedication and success of conservation initiatives in protecting and preserving the elephant population in Chad.

Discover more of the wildlife you can observe in Chad.