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Zakouma - February 2018 - It's affordable

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From the moment that @@Paolo posted his first report from Zakouma it has moved to the top of my bucket list.

Unfortunately all the trips I could find were beyond my budget.


The logical next step was to put together my own itinerary. So I did.


The itinerary is not very long - at the moment it is just 8 nights - but could easily be made longer if that is what people want. However this will give you an idea of costs.


Proposed departure date is February 2018



1 - arrive N'Djamena - overnight in Mercure Hotel (dinner not included)

2 - en route - overnight camping

3 - arrive Zakouma - Tinga Lodge, twin share

4,5,6,7 - Zakouma National Park - Tinga Lodge

8 - en route - overnight camping

9 - arrive N'Djamena, trip ends


Cost per person:

In a group of 4 people is Euro 3,160

In a group of 2 people is Euro 3,740



  • 4x4 vehicle(s) specially equipped for desert expeditions. (for a party fo 2 people there would be 1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser, for a party of 4 there would be 2 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers)
  • English speaking guide (European with extensive knowledge of Chad
  • Government travel permits
  • local taxes
  • full board for days 2-8, cook and all kitchen equipment provided
  • accommodation: 1 night N'Djamena, 2 nights desert camping, 5 nights Tinga Lodge, Zakouma
  • all camping equipment (except sleeping bags and pillows)
  • park entrance fees
  • 10 game drive activities in Zakouma



  • International flights
  • Visas
  • travel insurance
  • personal expenses
  • tips
  • meals other than breakfast in N'Djamena
  • drinks

So there you have it.


Is anyone interested???




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I am looking for a Feb 2018 trip to Zakouma with my wife.  We are 57 and 45 yr old Fit backpackers and kayakers wilderness adventurers from the Pacific Northwest. 

 I was thinking of flying rather than driving to the park.  But if the drive can be interesting then  I am open to that.

Ideally our tour would include walking safari and fly tent camping in the bush.  But this would be our first trip to Africa so we are open to what works best.


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Edited by michael-ibk
Sorry, did not realize this was a response to Soukos´ trip, and therefore my response was not quite appropriate.

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