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Why travel in Chad
Looking to travel off the beaten track? By opting for Chad, you made the right choice and you will not meet many travellers like you. Yet this beautiful country has much to offer to the intrepid and curious travellers.
Before leaving for Chad, it is nevertheless essential to find out about the safety conditions, as some areas of the country are formally inadvisable. Moreover some other areas are not recommended unless there is an imperative reason. In any case, it is essential to be informed. Be accompanied by a qualified guide who knows the country perfectly. Responsible travel also means taking care of your own safety and the people accompanying you on your journey.
Travelling to Chad means allowing yourself to be tempted by the discovery of a country with many contrasts. The north of the country is desert and will appeal to lovers of trekking and hiking in the desert. The flagship of trekking in northern Chad is the Ennedi massif. For security reasons, it is currently very difficult to visit this area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take an immersion in the heart of Sahara’s power. It awaits the traveller on these sandstone plateaus interspersed with canyons such as the Archei guelta. It is here that rare water points remain where the last crocodiles of the Sahara live. Steep cliffs, natural arches and rocky peaks give the landscape its distinctive character. The icing on the cake: the presence of thousands of images painted and engraved on the rocks. It makes this area a real open-air museum of rock art.
Still in Ennedi, UNESCO recently classified the Ounianga lakes as a world heritage site. These are 18 interconnected lakes in the middle of the desert, which composed an exceptional landscape.
You will meet the semi-nomadic populations who have adapted to live in this hostile environment. You will understand the meaning of the word “hospitality” with these nomads who enjoy gathering in the Sahara around a cup of hot tea. These beverages will revive you after a day of walking with the camels. A festival of Nomadic Cultures gathers every year the breeders and farmers of the region. They meet in order to dance, sing songs, horse race and tell tales. This is an opportunity to learn more about the culture of these people.
Further south, the desert becomes a little less austere, giving way to the Sahelian zone. It forms the transition between the Sahara and the wetter zone. Continuing further south, the landscape gradually gives way to the savannah. The rainfall is more important here. In the extreme south of the country, the forest also becomes increasingly dense.
In this southern region, the traveller in search of ecotourism can visit Zakouma Park. This park is home to a large population of large African mammals: elephants, roan antelopes, hartebeests, buffaloes and giraffes. Using a true logic of responsible tourism, the development of the park allows the creation of jobs for inhabitants.
Travelling to Chad cannot be improvised. So make sure you travel to Chad with a sustainable tourism approach with local actors. This way, you can be sure that the local population will benefit from your visit! In addition, local organisations will be perfectly aware of the security conditions in the country. They will make sure that your trip will take place in the best possible conditions. Finally, leave with excellent and lasting memories.
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