This recent Chad success story is spread over a 3,000 square kilometer area located at a distance of 800 kilometers to the southeast of N’Djamena City. A restoration program lasting from 1989 to 2006, and which was also supported by the European Union (EU) breathed life back into the failing Zakouma National Park. Destroyed by severe poaching, neglect and civil war, this park was eventually restocked by the EU so as to boost supplies to the demanding European tourism market. Transformed as one of the best wildlife destinations in central Africa, this park features a variety of wildlife which includes herds of African elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, lions, primates, antelopes and a large diversity of birdlife.
Closed from June to October because of the monsoons, however, March and April are the best months to see a large amount of the park wildlife congregate around the shrinking shorelines of the watering holes. Nominated to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provision for hotels, restaurants and guided safaris are also available for visitors to the Zakouma National Park.