THE MOBILE HIDE AT ZAKOUMA

Posted 2017/07/10 07:55:30 AM by Kyle

Zakouma National Park in the South-eastern corner of Chad hosts a myraid of vast floodplains and a netowrk of otherwordly looking rivers that look as if they where painted on set during the making of The Jungle Book.

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It is exactly along these rivers and across the floodplains that boasts a plethora of abundant wildlife during the dry season, Jan-April. During my first visit ot Zakouma in ealry 2015 I noticed the great potential of a mobile hide to be set up along the edges of a floodplain near congregating waterfowl. After designing and getting the hide manufactured in my home town of Maun, African Parks took the hide up to its new home in Zakouma.

Whislt on safari there earlier this year in March with a group of photographers, we made it priority to get the hide set up as early as possible to familiarize it with the birds. After leaving it for just 2 days we woke up every morning and got into the hide while it was still dark, important to remain as 'invisible' as possible.

The winds that erupt at this time of year gave the hide a serious initiation, but the rewards of our early starts paid off exceptionally.

It really was incredibly rewarding to see the fruition of the hide and the amazing photographic and viewing potential it offers a safari goer visiting Camp Nomade in Zakouma. I cant wait to head back up there later this year to make afew small modifications to the hide so that we can use it for the 2018 safari season in Zakouma.

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Pre dawn light and reflections of a Black Winged Stilt.

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The juju (magic) of Zakouma

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A triangle of life 

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The mood of the blue hour - African Spoonbill

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Elegant, noisy, painted... Black Crowned Cranes, icons of Zakouma

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The ever present Red Billed Quelea

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A dissapearing act

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The light cast in the ealry hours of dawn

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The office along the Riguek floodplain

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An exceptional sighting of 2 fighting Spotted Redshanks infront of the hide

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Monochrome Marabou

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Part of a pride of 3, we had lions visit us twice in the hide over the course of seven days.

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Patterns in Chaos, thats if 'chaos' really exists...

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Dry, Dusty, Dramatic... Sahel significance...

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Low level, eye level, right level...

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A Kite in a Cloud

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Portrait of a friend

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Juxtaposed light

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THE ZAKOUMA MOBILE HIDE ...






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