A couple months ago I drove 11 hours to Zakouma National Park in southern Chad and spent a couple days driving around the park and looking for elephants. The scenery was great traveling to the park but it is so remote that there are no local cell towers and your phones won't work. Ten years ago there were around 4000 elephants in the park but now there are less than 400 due to poaching.
|Tinga Lodge for dining or relaxing|
We stayed at the Tinga lodge in cloverleaf huts and had great lunches and dinners and decent breakfasts. The rooms had private baths and screened windows, mosquito nets, and ceiling fans. Even though I was there during the hot season in March it wasn't uncomfortable to sleep, even when the generator failed for a couple hours one night.
We found a variety of other animals including groups of giraffes, baboons, and vultures. The vultures reminded me of the ones from the old animated Jungle Book movie, even though that movie was set in Asia.
As we left the park early on our last day at dawn we ran into another group of lions looking for breakfast near Tinga lodge. Some monkeys were walking along with the lions about 100meters away making lots of noise to let all the other monkeys know that lions were coming.
|Le Braconage= Poaching|