Zakouma National Park
Stretching across the breadth of Africa to the south of the Saharan Desert, Zakouma Park is an important refuge for numerous animals, many of which are threatened elsewhere within this eco-zone and as a result of the work done by African Parks the area, its wildlife and its people are flourishing. A new must-do destination for those that love Africa

Zakouma National Park

South of the Saharan desert, above the rich rainforests, sits Zakouma - one of the few remaining unblemished Sudano-Sahelian ecosystems. Despite being declared a National Park by the Chadian government in 1963, the protected area was victim to vehement elephant poaching, declining the population from 4,000 in 2002 to an alarming 450 by 2010.

Today, Zakouma is widely considered to be one of the most important protected areas, not only in Chad, but in the whole of the African continent, and has become a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife.

Characterised by two distinct seasons, the wet season that runs from June to November, when game are forced to migrate outside of the boundaries; and in contrast after the rains, the dry season which attracts large herd of game back into the park from February to June.

Large predators at Zakouma include lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, striped hyaena and wild dog, while smaller species include civet, serval, caracal, jackal, honey badger, African wildcat and the pale fox. The floodplains, rivers, marshes and pans are a valuable breeding ground for birds, resulting in over 388 bird species.

The local human population surrounding the park is low density, but heavily dependent on the natural resources in the park’s periphery zone. Working closely with the communities is therefore paramount; hence the heart-warming development programmes have been implemented to improve their quality of life.

The habitat is varied, from inselbergs to riverine forest, grassland plains to large drying pans - and to get the most out of the Park it is imperative to spend time in different locations. To this end "Camp Nomade" is being pioneered by the people of African Parks – nomadic in function and style, but beautifully turned out with Chadian flair, tents provide 360 degree views of the wild.

African Parks provide all the equipment and logistical support for small groups (minimum 5 maximum 8) and their specialised African Park's approved guides escort guests through week-long expeditions.

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Zakouma is widely considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Africa, and has become a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife, so access is extremely limited at 112 entries per year    

African Parks provide all the equipment and logistical support for small groups (minimum 5 maximum 8) and their specialised African Park's approved guides escort guests through week-long expeditions.

Learn about the heart-warming development programmes have been implemented to improve their quality of life for the people of Zakouma

We'd recommend you visit here after the rains in the  dry season which attracts large herd of game back into the park from February to June


A favourite quote


'Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.'

Gustav Flaubert

Zakouma National Park Overview

BEST SUITED TO: Groups of friends and families

NUMBER OF TENTS: Eight tents with a maximum capacity of 8 guests

SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY: BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: February to June

CHILDREN: Taking children is not recommended

WE LOVE IT BECAUSE: Every Camp Nomade group is booked, hosted and guided by Africa’s top private guides, so the game viewing and guiding is like no other in Africa