Tony Busanga

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  1. I have just been informed by AP that the information we were given yesterday by AP is only a rumor. I cannot guarantee that this will mean that it will remain like this as it is something that Zakouma have been worried about ever since Trump issued the ban on Chadian’s.
  2. Unfortunately we have just found out that due to Trump’s new travel ban which includes Chadian citizens, that President Dèby has reciprocated this ban and from yesterday the US embassy in N’Djamena has been closed and visas will no longer be issued to US citizens. All other citizens UK / Europe etc are still good to go.
  3. On my last safari to Botswana I thought I would put down my camera and instead use a video to capture moments on safari. These are just some of the Leopard encounters taken during 9 days in Northern Botswana. Enjoy Busanga_Safari's__Botswana_Leopard_encounters_-_Mobile_Safari_2017.mp4
  4. Hi 30th January 2018 - arrive & overnight in N’Djamena 31st January 2018 - charter to Zakouma 31st Jan - 7th Feb 2018 – 7 nights Camp Nomade 7th Feb 2018 - charter to NDJ to spend the night or catch a connecting flight home the same day. If you are still interested please email us on Tony
  5. We (Busanga Safaris) have been asked to see if we can help fill some spaces which have become available due to an unavoidable cancellation by x 4 guests on dates operated by one of our colleagues in the safari business. Zakouma is simply an outstanding place and Camp Nomad is the perfect camp to explore from. If you would like to grab the last chance to stay at Camp Nomad in 2018 drop me a line.
  6. Being a solo traveller and avoiding single supplements can mean the difference between being able to afford (justify) going on safari or not. We champion the cause of the solo traveller and have a choice of safaris which avoid the dreaded supplements, and even when I arrange a tailor-made safari for solo's I always try to negotiate it away with the camps, dost always work but even if we save part it all helps to get more people out on safari who might otherwise not have. Get in touch if you see anything here or have an idea of where you want to go on safari and I will do my best for you.
  7. If you want an idea of what to expect from Botswana in march a quick fix is to look at the Kwando Safaris website and on the right side yiou will see a link to sighting reports, see what exactly the sightings are like month by month . There are some good mobile safari options also available in March. Check out Letaka safaris.
  8. Guess we will have to see exactly how it pans out . My only point is it such a shame that fewer people will get to visit Zakouma.
  9. No we would not use Tinga for guest who want to truly experience Zakouma as we have been lucky enough to do . Here's a quote from another very reputable guide . Not my words... "Tinga, they will keep the few vehicles they have and then you will be allocated game drive slots and activities depending on whose in camp etc, so if you go there there will be no guarantees as to when you could go out, management will work out for each day."
  10. Wow thats a long reply ! I am pretty well up to speed on everything you mention. Doug's safari next year 2018 is actually my safari, and we have given Doug three spaces so he can take his guests. The safari is based at Camp Nomade.
  11. I have to agree African parks do some great work on the ground in these wonderful wildlife areas. I have been to Zakouma and like everyone else who has been there i was knocked out by the sublime beauty of the place and the extraordinary wildlife. Has to be one of my all time favourites. It has been great to tell others about Zakouma and spread the word. So I and many others in the safari industry were sad to see that AP have decided to further minimise the amount of visitors who will be able to visit Zakouma by only allowing a very few of the most top end operators to bring only guests who might go on to invest in AP to assist their conservation efforts in that area. Don't confuse this with the policy they already have of only allowing guides who have visited to bring guests (which is a great idea anywhere). Now you can either go and stay in an old govt camp in Zakouma ( if any descent operator will take you there ) or likely pay a great deal. I equate visitor numbers and publicity to conservation success and although I would not pretend to be an expert on APs reasons it is hard not to think it is crying shame that Zakouma will again move away from the grasp of a vast number of real wildlife enthusiast safari goers, and here I mean international guests, not back packers of even budget travellers. Bangweulu's Shoebill Camp is currently being converted to a Top End camp as described by AP which will mean fewer visitors in favour of increased revenue , again I guess AP have done sums from a business point of view with no consideration for visitor numbers which surely the point. Liuwa, what a fantastic place, but yet another top end camp in place of Matamanene. The Akagera Rwanda Rhino re introduction is a brilliant example of AP at its conservation best, I do hope the inevitable reduction in visitor numbers brought about by the Rwandan govt decision to put up Gorilla Permits up to $1500 per trek does not mean the publicity and possible increase in visitor numbers is not nullified by this trend of charging top $ .

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