14 Best Attractions in Chad

Visiting Chad is not for the faint of heart. The country has been described as extreme on a continent full of destinations that will take you out of your comfort zone. This country is sure to leave you with good and bad memories that you will never forget.

The current conflict in the country makes it unsafe to visit, but even in peacetime; this is a country suitable for travelling adventurers. Finding a comfortable hotel for a night is hard, finding a safe way is even harder. The heat is often unbearable when the temperature often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius. Oh and don’t forget the police and army here are corrupt and they will ask you for “gifts” as a negotiation.

You might find yourself asking “well, why would anyone want to visit Chad?”. The answer might be the stunning terrain of the Sahara Desert, one of the most peculiar beauties in the world, or the answer might be the animals that live in Zakuma National Park. However, visiting a country like Chad is likely just to experience life in one of the most hostile and poorest parts of the world. Far from a vacation, the trip to Chad was a lesson in life.

Let’s explore the best spots in Chad:

1. N’Djamena

N'Djamena

N’Djamena, the capital and largest city of Chad, is a blend of modern and historical cultures. N’Djamena’s population is growing at an alarming rate as many of the country’s citizens seek the opportunities that city life brings. While some buildings have a modern look, there are many mud brick structures that will remind you that you are still in one of the poorest countries in the world. The nightlife here is really good, and the lively bar has to be powered by hundreds of generators to bolster the national grid. The National Museum and the Central Market, exploring Chad’s thousands of years of history, are the two main attractions during the day.

2. Sal

Sal

Sarh was once the site of the French colonial Archambault fort. It is located on the Chari River, about 350 miles from the capital N’Djamena. The climate is warm and the rainy season is high, making it ideal for cotton production; the city’s main export. Visitors will find that the city has an international airport, and while there are not many tourist attractions like this, the city has a great performing arts scene. Music and concerts will keep you entertained in Sarh’s wee hours.

3. Faya-Largeau

Faya-Lajo

Faya-Largeau is the largest city in northern Chad and one of the fringes of the Sahara Desert. The heat here is enormous, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius and often exceeding that before October. The city receives about half an inch of annual rainfall. The reason for visiting here is the rough terrain of the nearby Sahara desert. If you can arrange a tour with a local guide, prepare to be blown away by the harsh but beautiful Sahara desert.

4. Zakuma National Park

Zakuma National Park

Zakuma National Park is located in southeastern Chad and covers an area of ​​about 3,000 square kilometers. It is considered one of the last places in Central Africa to truly become a wildlife sanctuary and is considered one of the most successful conservation efforts in the region. The park is full of rare and diverse mammals and birds. Camp Tinga can accommodate up to 490 people and is located in the center of the best game viewing area in the park. Enjoy the ambience of the African jungle while having dinner.

5. I am Timan

Antiman

Am Timan is the capital of the Salamat region of Chad. The name translates to “mother of twins”, but the origin of the name remains unknown. The city is very poor and underdeveloped, but is known for hosting the largest and most vibrant markets in the county, as well as incredible holiday festivities. Conflict in the region has affected cotton plantations and mills in the area, but if you do find yourself in the city, be sure to visit its markets for some of the best shopping in the country.

6. Ball

Pol

The city of Ball has its own airport, located in the Lac region of the country. It is mainly visited because of its very close proximity to Lake Chad. Lake Chad was once the largest freshwater lake in the world, but it is slowly drying up, even disappearing completely during the 1984 drought. During the dry season, the lake typically covers 10,000 square kilometers, but can more than double during the rainy season. A finger of this lake stretches to Bol and is there all year round. Try renting a boat to explore the lake and see hippos, floating islands and rare birds.

7. Ennedi

Ennedi desert

The Ennedi area of ​​Chadiz is home to the Ennedi Desert. The scenery is harsh, dominated by scorpions and beetles, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful and unusual rock formations in the world. The landscape is mostly flat, but what often stands out are massive stone arches and jagged rock formations, like natural works of art. The area is inaccessible and difficult to survive and requires thoughtful planning and regulations, but those who venture here will be rewarded with some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world.

8. Lake Vianga

vianga lake

Lake Vianga is located in the Sahara Desert and consists of 18 lakes, fed by so-called underground fossil water. Rain fell thousands of years ago when the climate was much wetter than it is today. In fact, these lakes now receive only 2mm of rainfall per year. Some lakes are salty, while others are fresh and support life. These lakes are the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Chad.

9. Tibesti Mountains

Tibesti Mountains

The Tibesti Mountains are difficult to reach and explore, but there is plenty to reward adventurous travelers here. The highest peak here is Emi Koussi at 3,500m above sea level. The peak is actually a huge extinct volcano, and only experienced people should consider climbing it. For travelers, there are many great things to do in the area, such as watching camel races, admiring ancient rock art and enjoying the nearby hot springs.

10. Mundu

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Mundu is the second largest city in Chad and is located on the Mbere River. The city is home to the Gala Brewery, which has produced the country’s most popular beer since independence. Over one million barrels of nectar are produced each year. Visitors can tour the brewery, and a cold beer is a great way to cool off from the Chad heat. The city is also home to the Ngambi people.

11. Dugia

Dugia

Dugia is close to the tourist hotspots of the Chadian country. The city’s tourist popularity is largely due to the Chari River on which it sits. A popular activity in the city is a tour with a local, Boatman, who will take you down the river in a traditional canoe. Along the way, you will witness local life as well as local birds and wildlife.

12. Abéché

Abecher

Abéché is the capital of the Wadai region, has its own airport, and is the fourth largest city in Chad. The city, the ancient capital of the country, is littered with ruins, including mosques, sultan mausoleums and palace ruins. The ruins remain safe behind protective walls, but the city retains much of its old charm. Walking the ancient streets, you will meet many tribes from the surrounding desert.

13. Oak National Park

Oak National Park

Oak National Park is another wildlife sanctuary in Chad, and although the park is not as protected as Zakuma National Park, it is still home to an impressive array of mammals and birds. The park covers approximately 7,500 kilometers and can be visited with a guide as part of a 4×4 safari.

14. Gozbeida

Gozbeda

Goz Beida is a town in the Shiraz region of Chad. The town is best visited as a base for exploring the nearby national park of the same name. Covering some 3,000 square kilometers, Goz Beida National Park is a haven for rare and endangered species despite being affected by conflict, illegal poaching and other atrocities. The town of Goz Beida has its own airport, approximately 3 miles from the town.

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