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Chad: Africa's Secret Safari
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Chad: Africa's Secret Safari

16 days & 15 nights, Private Journey

N'Djamena, Zakouma National Park & Sahara Desert

Venture far off the beaten path to places few Western travelers have ever seen. Explore N'Djamena, and then spot elephant, lion and more in Zakouma National Park. Fly deep into the Sahara to the spectacular Ennedi Mountains. Meet the nomadic Tubu people; look for rock art dating back thousands of years, and walk into the Guelta d'Archei where the Tubu bring huge herds of camels to drink at the only waterhole for miles around.

  • Day 1
    Arrive N'Djamena

    Upon arrival in N'Djamena, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel.

    Hilton N'Djamena - 2 Nights (D)
  • Day 2
    N'Djamena

    Enjoy a day at leisure to relax after your long journey. If you like, visit the city's large and sprawling central market, as well as the National Museum with its collection of prehistoric artifacts.

    Hilton N'Djamena (B, D)
  • Day 3
    To Zakouma National Park

    Fly by light aircraft to Zakouma National Park, 1,175 square miles of untamed African wilderness in southeastern Chad.

    Camp Nomade - 7 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 - 9
    Zakouma National Park

    Explore the park on game drives. Zakouma's dry season lures wildlife to the heart of the park. Large herds of animals as well as thousands of birds congregate at seasonal pools, making for spectacular game viewing, including elephant, Kordofan giraffe, lion, Lelwel's hartebeest, pale fox and red-fronted gazelle.

    Camp Nomade (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    To Ennedi Mountains

    Depart today by light aircraft north to the Ennedi Mountains to explore the rock formations and rock art sites depicting cows, camels and warriors. This is the domain of the Tubu, and you may meet these nomads on their way to pasture with the camels or drawing water at wells. The landscape in this region is truly spectacular, and we pick our campsites in the prettiest areas.

    Mobile Tented Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 11
    Ennedi Mountains

    Visit the Guelta d'Archei, a waterhole situated near a dramatic gorge, where you can often see hundreds of camels drinking, their bellowing echoing around the rock walls. The guelta is also home to one of the last populations of Saharan crocodiles, gazelle, baboon and patas monkey, as well as porcupine and honey badger.

    Mobile Tented Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 12
    To Mourdi Depression

    Descend the plateau to Fada and stock up on supplies before heading northward onto a plateau of red rocks and descending to the Mourdi Depression, an area of vast sand dunes of incredible beauty.

    Mobile Tented Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 13
    Mourdi Depression

    Follow the ancient route that is still used by camel caravans taking salt from Demi and Teguedei to the Fada and beyond. At Kora, while crossing dunes and entering an area that saw fighting during the war with Libya, you may see the remnants of tanks, slowly being reclaimed by the desert.

    Mobile Tented Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 14
    To Ouniaga Oasis

    Visit the small village of Demi, located at the foot of a mountain and on the edge of a salt pan, where men and women dig the red earth for salt to be transported across the desert, exchanged for goods like millet, sorghum and other foods. Continue to the Ounianga oasis to explore the lakes, visit the village of Ounianga Serir, and take a dip in Boukou, the only freshwater lake in the oasis. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as dorcas gazelle, jackal, bustard and perhaps the pretty fennec fox.

    Mobile Tented Camp - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 15
    To N'Djamena

    Return by light aircraft to N'Djamena.

    Hilton N'Djamena - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 16
    Depart N'Djamena

    Bid farewell to Chad as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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