CHAD TRAVEL GUIDE
Tensions with its neighbour Libya have riddled Chad with bullet-holes in its infrastructure and living conditions.
The capital, N’Djamena, probably the only place that you will get to visit, is on the rebuild and the atmosphere there is upbeat. By and large, the people are friendly and relaxed but respect their local traditions and culture and will expect you to do the same. Though there is current stability, the area is volatile and that stability could deteriorate unexpectedly, particularly in border areas.
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CHAD QUICK FACTS
- Capital: N'Djamena
- Currency: Communauté Financière Africaine (BEAC) CFA Franc
- Area: 1.284 million km2
- Population: 15,48 million (2018)
- Language: French (official), Arabic (official), Chadian Arabic (lingua franca trade language), Sara (in south), more than 150 different languages and dialects
- Religion: Muslim 57%, Traditional 18.8%, Roman Catholic and Other 13.7%, Protestant 10.5%,
- Electricity: in certain towns; mostly generator-powered
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CHAD PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 11 August, Independence Day
- 1 November, All Saints Day
- 28 November, Republic Day
- 1 December, Freedom and Democracy Day
Also, Easter Monday, Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
CHAD WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Rainfall in Chad follows a gradient from north to south, with rainfall increasing as you travel south. Three primary climatic zones follow this rain gradient, with the northern part of Chad in the arid Saharan Desert, transitioning into the sub-tropical, semi-arid Sahel region in central Chad, and converting to tropical savannah in the south. Southern Chad experiences a rainy season between May-October with rainfall totals between 150-300 mm per month. Average annual temperatures are highest during this season, ranging between 27-29°C. Central Chad experiences a shorter rainy season that lasts from June-September and receives around 50-150 mm of rainfall per month. Seasonal temperatures vary considerably with temperatures ranging from 20-27°C in the winter and between 27-35°C in the summer. Northern Chad extends into the Sahara Desert and receives very little annual rainfall with seasonal temperature variations similar to that of the central region. The dry season lasts between November-March and very little to no precipitation falls during this season.
HEALTH RISKS IN CHAD
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.