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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.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT CHAD

The best time to visit Chad depends on your preferences and what you plan to do during your trip. Chad has a hot and dry desert climate with two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.

 

The dry season runs from November to April, and this is generally considered the best time to visit Chad. During this period, the weather is hot and dry, with very little rainfall. This makes it ideal for activities such as wildlife viewing, cultural tours, and outdoor adventures.

 

The rainy season runs from May to October, with heavy rains and high humidity. During this period, some roads may be impassable, and certain tourist attractions may be closed. However, this season can be a great time to visit if you are interested in bird watching or seeing the desert in bloom.

 

Overall, if you want to experience the best that Chad has to offer, it's best to visit during the dry season, from November to April.

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.

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CHAD TOURIST SEASONS

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TRAVEL SAFETY IN CHAD

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HEALTH RISKS IN CHAD

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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.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

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.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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CHAD TRAVEL COSTS

The cost of travel to Chad can vary depending on several factors, such as the time of year you visit, the length of your stay, your travel style, and the activities you plan to do. Here are some estimated costs to give you an idea:

  • Flights: Round-trip flights from major cities to N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500 or more, depending on the season and how early you book your flights.
  • Accommodation: In N'Djamena, budget accommodations like hostels and guesthouses can cost around $10 to $30 per night, while mid-range hotels can cost around $50 to $100 per night. Luxury hotels can cost upwards of $150 per night. Outside the capital, accommodations may be more basic and cheaper.
  • Food: Food in Chad can be very affordable, with street food and local markets offering meals for around $2 to $5. Restaurants and hotels can cost around $15 to $25 per meal.
  • Transportation: Public transportation in Chad can be very basic and not always reliable. Taxis are widely available, but you should negotiate fares before getting in. Car rentals with a driver can be expensive, but may be necessary for certain destinations. Expect to pay around $50 to $100 per day for a car rental with a driver.
  • Activities: The cost of activities can vary widely depending on what you plan to do. Entry fees to national parks and cultural sites can be around $10 to $20, while guided tours can cost upwards of $100 or more.

Overall, budget travelers can expect to spend around $40 to $50 per day, while mid-range travelers can expect to spend around $80 to $100 per day. Luxury travelers can expect to spend upwards of $200 per day or more.

CHAD TRAVEL TIPS

Here are some travel tips for Chad:

  • Research travel advisories: Before traveling to Chad, check the latest travel advisories from your country's embassy. Chad can be a challenging destination due to safety concerns, so it's important to stay informed.
  • Get the necessary vaccinations: Make sure to get all the necessary vaccinations before traveling to Chad. The country is at risk for several diseases, including yellow fever, meningitis, and malaria.
  • Be respectful of local customs: Chad is a predominantly Muslim country, so it's important to be respectful of local customs and dress modestly. Women should cover their shoulders and knees, and it's a good idea to avoid wearing shorts or revealing clothing in public.
  • Learn some French: French is the official language of Chad, so it's a good idea to learn some basic French phrases to help with communication.
  • Carry cash: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Chad, so it's important to carry cash with you. U.S. dollars and euros are both accepted, but be sure to carry small bills as larger bills can be difficult to change.
  • Be prepared for the weather: Chad has a hot and dry climate, so be prepared for the heat. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing, and carry plenty of water with you.
  • Respect the wildlife: Chad is home to several unique species of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and giraffes. If you plan to go on a safari or visit a national park, be respectful of the animals and follow the instructions of your guide.
  • Hire a reputable tour operator: If you're planning a trip to Chad, it's a good idea to hire a reputable tour operator who can help you navigate the country safely. Look for tour operators who have experience working in Chad and who have good reviews online.
  • Keep an open mind: Chad is a unique and often challenging destination, so it's important to keep an open mind and be flexible with your plans. Embrace the experience and enjoy all that this fascinating country has to offer.

SIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS OF CHAD

Chad is divided into 23 regions, each with its own unique characteristics and attractions. Here are some highlights of the main regions of Chad:

  • N'Djamena: The capital city of Chad, N'Djamena is located in the southwestern part of the country. It is the largest city in Chad and the economic and political center of the country. Highlights include the National Museum of Chad, the Central Market, and the Grand Mosque.

  • Lake Chad Basin: Located in the southwestern part of Chad, the Lake Chad Basin is a beautiful natural area that is home to several unique species of wildlife, including hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. Visitors can take boat tours of the lake, visit the nearby Chari-Baguirmi region, or explore the historic city of Mao.

  • Tibesti: Located in the northern part of Chad, the Tibesti region is a beautiful desert area that is home to several unique geological formations, including the Tibesti Mountains and the Ennedi Plateau. Visitors can explore the area by 4x4, take camel treks, or visit ancient rock art sites.

  • Kanem: Located in the central part of Chad, the Kanem region is known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Highlights include the historic town of Nokou, the ancient capital of Kanem-Bornu, and the annual Gerewol festival, which celebrates the beauty and strength of the Wodaabe people.

  • Chari-Baguirmi: Located in the southwestern part of Chad, the Chari-Baguirmi region is known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Chari River and several national parks. Highlights include the Aouk national park, the Zakouma national park, and the Bahr el Gazal nature reserve.

  • Guéra: Located in the central part of Chad, the Guéra region is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional way of life. Visitors can explore the historic city of Mongo, visit local markets, and learn about the traditional craft of pottery-making.

  • Logone Oriental: Located in the southeastern part of Chad, the Logone Oriental region is known for its diverse wildlife and natural beauty. Highlights include the Manda national park, the Bamingui-Bangoran national park, and the Chinko nature reserve. Visitors can go on guided safaris, take bird-watching tours, or go fishing in the Logone River.

These are just some of the highlights of the main regions of Chad. Each region has its own unique attractions and experiences to offer, making Chad a fascinating and diverse destination.

Chad is a unique and fascinating country with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. Here are some of the best things to see and do when visiting Chad:

  • Visit the Zakouma National Park: This park is located in southeastern Chad and is one of the largest and most beautiful national parks in the country. Visitors can go on guided safaris to see elephants, lions, giraffes, and other wildlife, or take a hot air balloon ride for a bird's-eye view of the park.

  • Explore the Ennedi Plateau: Located in the northeastern part of Chad, the Ennedi Plateau is a stunning natural area with beautiful rock formations, hidden caves, and ancient rock art sites. Visitors can go on guided treks to explore the area and see the beautiful landscapes.

  • Visit the capital city of N'Djamena: The largest city in Chad, N'Djamena is a bustling metropolis with a rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the National Museum of Chad, the Grand Mosque, and the Central Market.

  • Take a camel trek through the desert: Chad is home to vast desert areas, and visitors can take camel treks to explore the beautiful landscapes and experience the traditional way of life of the nomadic people who call this region home.

  • Attend a Gerewol festival: This annual festival, which takes place in the Kanem region, celebrates the beauty and strength of the Wodaabe people. Visitors can see traditional dances, music performances, and enjoy the colorful spectacle of the festival.

  • Explore Lake Chad: Lake Chad is a stunning natural area that is home to several unique species of wildlife, including hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. Visitors can take boat tours of the lake or explore the nearby Chari-Baguirmi region.

  • Visit the historic town of Nokou: Located in the Kanem region, Nokou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to several historic buildings and cultural landmarks. Visitors can explore the town and learn about its rich history and cultural heritage.

These are just some of the best things to see and do when visiting Chad. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or nature, Chad has something to offer everyone.

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WHAT TO EAT IN CHAD

Chad's cuisine is diverse and flavorful, with a mix of African, Arabic, and French influences. Here are some popular dishes to try when visiting Chad:

  • Chakalaka: a spicy vegetable relish made with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

  • Couscous: a staple dish in Chad made from semolina grains and often served with a spicy meat or vegetable sauce.

  • Brochettes: grilled meat skewers, typically made with goat, beef, or chicken.

  • Maafe: a peanut-based stew made with beef or chicken and served over rice.

  • Salads: Chad is known for its fresh and colorful salads, often made with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.

  • Millet porridge: a popular breakfast dish made with millet flour and often eaten with milk or yogurt.

  • Pounded yam: a starchy side dish made from yam, typically served with a spicy soup or stew.

Chad is also known for its tea culture, and you'll find sweet, spiced tea being served everywhere from street vendors to fancy hotels. Be sure to try some while you're there!

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WHERE TO STAY IN CHAD

When visiting Chad for the first time, it's recommended that you stay in the capital city, N'Djamena. N'Djamena is the largest city in Chad and serves as the country's economic and political hub. It is also the primary gateway for tourists to access the rest of the country.

 

In N'Djamena, you'll find a range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hotels to more luxurious options. Some of the most popular hotels in the city include the Hilton N'Djamena, Radisson Blu N'Djamena, and Mercure N'Djamena. These hotels offer comfortable rooms, restaurants, and amenities like swimming pools and fitness centers.

 

It's important to note that Chad is a developing country, and infrastructure can be limited in some areas. It's best to do some research ahead of time and plan your trip with the help of a reputable tour operator or travel agent. They can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit to Chad.

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