Chad

Located in the middle of Africa, the vast Republic of Chad is a mosaic of more than 200 tribes and over 100 languages. Broadly speaking, the south is Christian and the landscape is lush and tropical. The north is Islamic and perhaps the most beautiful wilderness in the world – the rugged Sahara from endless dunes to the towering cliffs of Ennedi, dotted with palm-fringed oases, some of which tourists can dip into at the end of a long desert expedition.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about travel in Chad.

Chad is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. The country is little known to the world, but once you arrive you will be met with a wonderful sense of hospitality and friendliness from the locals. Kameli Travel organises trips to Chad – whether you want to see just the capital N'Djamena and the nearby village of Gaoui, combine it with a few days of safari in Zakouma National Park, or continue for a good week or even two weeks deeper into the Sahara – to Ennedi and the Ounianga oasis lakes. The remote Tibesti Mountains are also open to tourists, but require a minimum of 20 days.

We also organise visits to the colourful Guérewol ceremony in Durbali, on the edge of the Sahara. Every September the pastoral Mboboro people to gathers to celebrate the end of the rainy season. The Mbororo arrive by camel, donkey and on foot from long distances to dance, eat and race – the most famous part of the Guérewol is the young men's attempt to attract women with their colourful faces and hypnotic dancing. Guérewol is easy to combine with a week or two of sightseeing, all the way to Ennedi or even the picturesque oasis lakes of Ounianga.

Contact us if you are interested, need more information about travelling to Chad or already know where you would like to go in Chad. Or let us know when and let us make a suggestion. It is also easy to combine a trip to Chad with a visit to Niger and Nigeria.

Tour suggestions

The Classic tour of Chad:

Day 1 | Arrival in N'Djamena, where we stay overnight
Day 2 | Visit to the village of Gaoui and city tour of N'Djamena. Overnight in N'Djamena.
Day 3 | Day trip to the Elephant Rock. Overnight in N'Djamena.
Day 4 | Transfer to N'Djamena airport

Chad is one of the largest countries in the world (1 284 000 km²) and easily swallows up Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and even Iceland. The country is therefore roughly the size of neighbouring Niger! Chad is very sparsely populated, with only about 18.5 million people. The country gained independence from French rule in 1960 and, as a colonial legacy, the official language is French. In addition, Arabic, the country's second official language, is also commonly spoken. English is poorly understood. People make their living from agriculture, but the country also has mineral resources and recently oil has been discovered. Tourism is almost non-existent.

Climate: Chad is a long country – stretching far north and far south. Climate conditions vary greatly from region to region. In the south, the climate is tropical, with rainfall from May to October. In the central parts of the country, such as the capital N'Djamena, the rainy season lasts from June to September, while in the north, the Sahara, rainfall is not regular and abundant, and some areas are completely without rain during the short rainy season. The dry season lasts throughout the country from at least December to February, with daytime temperatures throughout the country ranging between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius. Nights can be cool, especially in the Sahara. From March to the beginning of the rainy season, temperatures rise gradually to around 40 degrees Celsius. In terms of weather, the winter months are the best time to visit Chad.

Security: Chad is a safe country to visit, but in the main cities, normal vigilance is important, for example for pickpockets. Avoid taking photos of police, military bases and anything like that. In generally Chadian people don't like cameras. Border areas should be avoided, like certain areas around Lake Chad on the border with Nigeria.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. You must apply for it before entering the country, for example at the Chadian Embassy in Berlin, Paris or Brussels. We will send you a letter of invitation to accompany your application. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.

Currency: Chad uses the Central African CFA franc (XOF) as its currency, which is pegged to the euro. One euro buys around 656 francs. You should take euro banknotes and exchange them at your destination or withdraw cash from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Chad requires proof of a yellow fever vaccination. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. In southern and central Chad, malaria is prevalent throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended. In the Sahara, the northern part of Chad, mosquitoes do not carry malaria.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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