Chad Explorer: Wildlife, Culture & Conservation

A pioneering safari in Zakouma National Park

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Chad Explorer: Wildlife, Culture & Conservation

Group | 9 Days | Moderate Touring and Safari
  • Be one of the few to venture into Chad, home to extraordinary wildlife
  • Travel with two acclaimed Africa and wildlife experts
  • Observe a herd of rehabilitated elephants and learn their conservation success story
  • Visit with Sahelian belt nomads
  • GeoEx's exclusive group trip is limited to eight travelers

Venturing into a country wildly devoid of tourism, this pioneering journey explores Zakouma National Park, home to one of the world’s most diverse grassland ecosystems and a massive rehabilitated herd of elephants—a great conservation success story. "GeoEx is one of the few tour operators that has been awarded private, weeklong trips in the park,” explains GeoEx safari celebrant Starla Estrada, "and we’ve enlisted some truly incredible leaders, legends in their field."

ELEVATE Your adventure with Helicopters

Helicopters can whisk you to remote corners, provide sensational and unique vantage points, and offer wonderful exclusivity.  To learn more about how helicopters can be woven into your next custom adventure, call GeoEx's destination experts at 888-570-7108.


The abundance is incredible: Never have I seen so much wildlife in one area!!! The camp is quite nice, the food delicious, and the staff very friendly and helpful.

– Cindy H.

After overnighting in N’Djamena, we fly to Zakouma National Park, where the Sahara borders the rain forest Settle into Camp Nomade, a tastefully appointed mobile camp.


Wildlife excursions in Zakouma National Park reveal elephants, red-fronted gazelles, Kordofan giraffes, and hundreds of bird species Gain insight into conservation efforts, rub elbows with villagers at the vibrant Kach-Kacha market, and visit with nomads of Arab descent whose families move in colorful camel trains.


A charter flight returns us to N'Djamena, and we catch our flights home or onward.


Meet Your Guides

Kingsley Holgate & Brad Hansen

Kingsley (pictured) is an adventurer, author, television personality, philanthropist, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and globally respected expert on remote African tribes. Brad has a decade-long career in guiding and tracking that has taken him from his native South Africa across the continent.

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Chad GeoEx trip leader Kingsley Holgate

Meet Your Guides

Craig Packer & Clint Schipper

Considered the world’s foremost expert on African lions, Dr. Craig Packer (pictured) is a distinguished McKnight professor and award-winning author. Clint has had a varied wildlife career, including posts as lead ornithologist, bird bander, chimpanzee caregiver, fishing guide, safari guide and lodge manager.

Craig Packer, Chad trip leader and professor of ecology, evolution and behavior

Combine with Chad's Ennedi Massif

You may be able to combine this safari with time on the Ennedi Plateau, a magnificent sandstone bulwark in the middle of the Sahara. This ecological oasis and UNESCO World Heritage Site features some of the highest natural arches in the world.

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Chad Explorer Ennedi Extension - desert tents under starlit sky

Dates & Prices


Please call for 2020 dates.


Please call for 2020 pricing.

To see more of Chad, ask about combining this trip with Chad's Ennedi: A Celebration of Sandstone.


Great for Solo Travelers: If you're traveling alone, you'll be able to share the wonders of the region with fellow travelers and the remarkable guides on this trip. Plus, the single supplement has been waived; call us for more details.


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, game drives, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • All park and conservation fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of GeoEx trip leaders, professional wildlife guides/drivers and camp staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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