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Experience the remote wilderness of Zakouma With a new mobile camp, great guides and prolific wildlife on unspoilt floodplains, this national park in Chad is the safari destination to watch

The dry Seyal woodland was thickening and visibility was becoming impaired. Suddenly our Land Cruiser — once owned by Sudanese poachers and reclaimed and donated by the Chadian government — came to a halt. We were deep in the wilderness of Zakouma National Park, in the Salamat region of southeastern Chad, and one of our private guides had spotted a fresh leopard track. As we waited, a rare Patas monkey hurried across the path, followed by a pair of hooting Abyssinian ground hornbills. Distracted, we watched these primeval creatures in silent awe, before continuing eastward towards the nomadic market we were seeking to locate.

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