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I had not intended to post this trip on ST, but now that it has been referenced here, I thought I may as well put it up here for any of you who may be interested in joining. We are running 2 back-to-back trips in March 2018, led by Doug MacDonald. There are 6 spots in each group. Group 1 is fully booked and group 2 has 4 slots remaining, so feel free to PM me if interested. The details of the trip can be found here:

 

https://www.chaloafrica.com/safari-tours/chad/safari-zakouma-national-park-chad-2018/

 

With all the new rules and restrictions being envisaged for 2019 onwards, this looks more and more like a pretty good deal :D

 

Doug and I started putting this trip together a long time ago, and it makes us very happy to think of it as a solid model for the future.

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A sharp-eyed reader just told me that we have a zebra image in our wetu itinerary... mea culpa - there are no zebras in Zakouma. and I'll only believe the hippo stories if I see them for myself :D

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@@Sangeeta I think it's a very good compromise what you offer. Unfortunately for this time of 2018 we have another plan. I really hope that you can find a solution for 2019 to continue with this kind of trips to Zakouma. If so please let me know.

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Looks like a terrific trip @@Sangeeta

 

Regarding the single supplement; do all single travellers pay? or are single travellers paired up if possible?

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Oh, how I wish I could join this trip! How many spaces are still available?

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@@Soukous, thank you! Ignoring the naysayers.

 

To your question, if singles are willing & able to share, then there is no SS.

 

@@AmyT, I got your PM and have responded. Thanks.

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If anyone is considering this trip and are wondering about some of the negative comments being posted elsewhere, I'd just like to say that I'd go on this trip if I was free.

 

During our recent safari to Zakouma we had excellent sightings around Tinga despite staying at Camp Nomade. The waterhole was worth visiting in its own right. We saw a roan with what is believed to be a record set of horns (according to the Rowland Ward records). If you can't access Reguiek there are many other pans with amazing congregations of birds. Our best lion sightings were down along the Salamat where we also had wonderful elephant sightings. This is far from CN and Reguiek.

 

Maybe Tinga isn't as picturesque as a tented camp but hey, if it means you can get to Zakouma and with a guide of Doug's calibre, I wouldn't hesitate.

 

As far as fly camping is concerned, if the operators are prepared to offer it then who are we to complain. As they say, go whilst the going is good.

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Adding to @@twaffle's comments above...

 

As Camp Nomade guests, we encountered at least one Tinga camp vehicle on several occasions. We survived.

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Hey @Sangeeta - can you say a little about what Tinga is like now? I believe they have done some updates over the past few years - do you have some photos of it? Thanks!

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@SafariChick - so sorry for not getting back to you sooner on this. I promise to put some pictures up very soon - both here and on Kit's report so that people can visualize Tinga. Kit has talked beautifully about the Tinga waterhole and our experience there, so not very much that I can add to it in terms of what we saw and did there, but perhaps I should cut and paste that section of her TR here, or reference the relevant bits of her TR here, so that it's easier for people to get all that info in one place. Thanks for bearing with me and being so patient!

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For those of you traveling with us on this trip - plus for those of you who may be interested in what the Tinga rooms and facilities look like, here are some photos taken this past February by me when I was at Zakouma. The re-furbed room were occupied at the time, so I could not visit them. But it was a only a soft refurb, so not much was changed other than the soft furnishings.

 

I'll also upload these in Kit's trip report since I had promised to do that. I have not edited these images at all - they are straight up from the camera.

 

I have inserted a Camp Nomade vehicle image here - with proper bucket seats and great suspension. The other vehicle images are of the Tinga Camp vehicles - much more basic, but they have the wicker canopy too, and that is the most important thing in Zakouma as the sun is very strong and the shade really helps.

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Mess / lounge area

 

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Mes/lounge area - very nice and shady and very comfortable, I thought.

 

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Bandas / rooms

 

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Views from Tinga

 

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Views from Tinga

 

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Menu du jour

 

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Curio shop

 

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Bar area

 

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This is the Tinga vehicle

 

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Typical Tinga bedroom - there is a ceiling fan

 

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Tinga room

 

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Tinga bath close up

 

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Tinga shower

 

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Tinga toilet

 

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Tinga and I :D

 

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Close-up of Tinga vehicle seats

 

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Tinga water tower

 

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Mohamet and Tinga ceiling fan!

 

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Nice stucco wall outside - keeps the interiors relatively cool.

 

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More lounge

 

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Lovely sit out and fire pit - the lions were just around the bend from here at the water hole

 

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Staff vehicle

 

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 Tinga wall stuff

 

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Tinga beverage station

 

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Tinga curios

 

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Lovely Tinga curios

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Camp Nomade vehicle

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thanks for that @Sangeeta that is really helpful.

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