Chad & Cameroon.. (optional extension to Equatorial Guinea)
November 30 to December 14, 2017
Thriving traditional cultures, renowned art forms, flamboyantly colorful festivals, mask dances, and a dazzling ethnic mosaic are the golden gems of tribal Africa. This fantastic cultural odyssey takes you to the remote and seldom visited countries of Chad and Cameroon
The enormous country of Chad has long been a blank on the map of Africa – but no more. We are proud to offer a trip to this most pioneering of destinations, a land that is as wild as it is beautiful, as untamed as it is graceful. A land of rock arches, of surprising wildlife, and camel caravans traversing the sands, Chad’s allure is the fact that it is virtually unexplored and you are unlikely to see any other westerners outside of the capital. Chad is one of the least visited of all African countries, where genuine encounters with local people are guaranteed.
If you think you've see the best of what Africa has to offer for wildlife safaris, think again.. Think ZAKOUMA in Chad. Starting in January 2015, Africa Parks opened Zakouma up to visitation, and with only 112 guests admitted per year, we are very excited that we are one of them. Zakouma has the four out of the big five, including buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant, and its elephant herd is one of the largest left in Africa. If you're a bird lover, this trip has your name on it too! One of the rarest birds in Africa, The Black-Breasted Barbet, can be found here, and you're guaranteed to add many new species to your bird list. With Simple lodge accommodation you are guaranteed to have a safari experience like none other Cameroon is home to an astonishing 250 different ethnic groups and a matching diversity of landscapes, from the jungles of the south to the Sahel of the north. Virtually off the map as far as tourism is concerned, Cameroon is home to some of the most traditional cultures in Africa.
Per person sharing in double occupancy (air and land from JFK, Newark or Dulles,DC): $8,995.00
Single Supplement: $795.00
Equatorial Guinea extension: $1,295.00 per person in single occupancy
Led by Local guides
Credit for not using our included airfare $900.00
Price based on a group size minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 participants
Available option for Airlines into Chad and out of Cameroon; Air France, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines
Your tour does not include
- All Visa expenses & country departure taxes.
- Airport taxes, fuel surcharges and security charges (Approx. $500.00 - subject to change).
- Vaccinations, yellow fever immunization is required.
- Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants.
- Items of a personal nature: beverages, laundry, phone calls, email, souvenirs, etc.
- Hotel accommodations necessitated by changes in air schedules or miss connections.
- Travel protection insurance (highly recommended).
- Airfare from Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea and back (current approx. cost is $400.00
- Any fluctuations of currency.
Your tour includes
- International air from East Coast to Chad and back from Cameroon and One way air N’djamena to Duala.
- Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch and D: dinner).
- Transportation in a minibus with A/C only in Cameroon.
- Transportation in a minibus in non-A/C 4x4 cars in Chad.
- All visits to sites, villages, monuments and museums.
- English speaking guide and Local guides at various villages.
- Tips to guide, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff and porters.
- Mineral bottled water on vehicles.
II Active – Some hikes, slightly more demanding walks at or to sites, few elevations, comfortable but busy schedule and some long rides.
** -*** Moderate to Superior: Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined service and comfort level acceptable to western standards. (3 or 4 stars) in larger cities, while camp in Chad is considered simple. Only 3 rooms at Zakouma camp offer en-suite bathrooms equipped with western toilets but they cannot be allocated to single occupants. Single people will be allocated rooms in the camp with Turkish style toilets. Only 5 rooms are available for singles.
Special trip notes:
Chad is our most pioneering destination and is consdiered a very small and new player in the tourism field and their infrastructure is quite underdeveloped and hence participatnats must understand and agree that by joining this trip, they are committing to be very flexible and will accept any sudden changes that may be iomposed on us to alter or change the tour sequence, itinreray, accommodations, and facilities depending on many factors such as political condition,s security comcerns, sudden availability shortages, sand storms or change of hotels due to unexpected events. Also vehicles in Chad are not A/C equipped and the weather will be rather warm and drive can be dusty therefore a high level of tolerance and acceptance must be expected.
When travelling you need to bear in mind that things won’t always work there as we’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and untouristed destinations requires both patience and a sense of humor. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.