Picture sublime oasis hiding in the northern deserts, stampeding herds of wildlife running through national parks and deep blues awaiting boats on the charming lakes simply defines Chad.
Chad is a landlocked country located in Central Africa, bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest and Niger to the west. Nicknamed the “dead heart of Africa” because of its desert-like nature. Chad quietly gets on with creating unforgettable experiences, while the rest of the world looks on unaware.
What makes it so unique from other destinations?
Certainly, way off the usual tourist radar tempting the millennial adventurers to discover it’s truly uncharted territory. And of course, its astounding beauty range from the glorious steppes, prehistoric dunes to the stunning landscapes. It is perfect for those who are looking for something off the beaten track. Offering something new or perhaps different from the usual traveller’s imagination.
Good to know
- Chad is a visa-free destination for Nigerian passport holders.
- The country is home to some of Africa’s most iconic species, which includes Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Rhino and Leopard.
The easiest way to get to Chad is by flying. However, note there might be stops, depending on the airline you are travelling with.
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Things to see and do
Whether it is to experience the unspoilt nature of the Sahara or witness the unique hospitality of the Tuaregs or maybe see animals survive in one of the most extreme landscapes on Earth. Here are things to do during your visit to Chad.
1. Unwind in Dougia
Nestled on the enchanting Chari River, Dougia is a truly unique resort designed as a tourist centre for visitors. Over years, it has become a must see place in Chad! Visitors can take rides in the traditional pirogue canoes to explore the region while witnessing the everyday lives of the locals, hippos and birds.
2. Explore the coloured lakes of Ounianga
A trip to Chad would not be complete without visiting the coloured lakes of Ounianga, one of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The lakes of Ounianga is an interconnection of 18 different lakes forming an unearthly like waterscape within the depth of the Sahara Desert. The colours range from blue and green to red as a result of their varying chemical composition.
3. Take Trip to Guelta d’Archei
Trek to the striking Ennedi Plateau and visit the Guelta d’Archei, a long-used desert waterhole in Chad’s northeast. It is home to some of the last Nile crocodile in the Sahara.
4. Visit the Famous Lake Chad
Marvel at the beauty of Lake Chad that is not only the salt trade centre of Africa but also one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. It is best visited between August and December when the water level is highest and the hippos or crocodiles can be seen drifting by.
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5. See one of the African Big Five at the Zakouma National Park
Enjoy visiting Chad’s finest natural habitat. Zakouma National Park is located between Sarh and Am Timan, in the south of Chad. Though largely dry and dusty, it offers a chance to see herds of elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards and hippos in their natural habitat.
6. Catch a glimpse of Camel races on Tibesti Mountain
Make most of photo opportunities with the Tibesti Mountain as a backdrop. Visit early in the morning to catch glimpse of some of the best camel racing in the world.
7. Gulp cold beer at the Gala Brewery in Moundou
Quaff down a cold beer at the Gala Brewery in Moundou, Chad’s second largest city, home to the Ngambay people where over one million barrels are produced every year.
8. Stroll through its Capital City
Wander through the Capital city of Chad’s, N’Djamena at your own pace. Visit the colourful market where you can practice your bargaining skills at one of the stalls selling souvenirs, jewellery and artefacts.
The food is highly influenced by the traditional cooking practices of the Sahara region. The dish consists mainly of sorghum, millet and rice. Don’t forget to try one of its tastiest dish, the peanut sauce. If you like, there is an opportunity to learn how to prepare African-French dishes. Eating street food is not a must with the availability of different restaurants, so visitors should be extra cautious with it. Tipping is 10% and it is customary.
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Things not to miss…
Shopping in Chad
Chad has excellent craft industry where you can shop for carpets, embroidered cotton cloth, beautifully decorated calabashes and brass animal.
Nightlife In Chad
This one of the most exciting activities not to miss in Chad. The Capital city N’Djamena has places that feature lively music and open-air dancing with an unlimited nightlife.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Chad is when the temperatures are around 20-25 degrees Celsius with barely any chance of rain. In March/April, the temperature rises above 45 degrees Celsius making travel quite uncomfortable. In June to September, there is heavy rain making the road almost impassable. Therefore it’s advisable to go between November and May.
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