One of the most eye-catching deserts in the world, Tibesti's beauty is curtained by the political turmoil in Chad. Even today, you need permission to travel around; this authorisation is issued by the Chadian authorities. Being a landlocked country, the economic situation in Chad is complicated. The nearest port is Douala in Cameroon, over a 930-mile journey away. The monuments in the capital Ndjamena suffered a considerable amount during the war, but despite this, the historical area of the city is still worth visiting. Travel to Chad remains difficult, but those lucky enough to get there will not go home disappointed.

Security: the FCO advises against all travel to a number of areas of Chad and against all but essential travel to other regions. See the full website.

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Chad
Chad: the key figures

Surface area : 1284000.0 km2

Population : 9885661 inhabitants

  • Tibesti is a lunar-decorat desert dotted with prehistoric remnants.
  • This totally enclaved country breathes something special.
  • Taking pictures can be difficult because of strict regulation.
  • The road and hotel infrastructure are often poor
  • Political tensions are often extremely violent.

Chad: what to visit?



The fauna and flora

Arts and culture

Chad: what to buy?

Chadian handicraft is very rich and diverse: camel leather carpets, all types of leather accessories, embroidered cotton garments, decorated gourds, arms and knives, pottery and silver-decorated objects are among the many things you will find to take back home with you. Shops are usually open Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 19:30. Food shops also open on a Sunday morning. Ndjamena's main market opens from 7:30 to sunset.

Chad: what to eat?

Ndjamena boasts a variety of different world cuisines: African, French, Asian! Gala, a highly-reputed Chadian beer, is produced in Mundu. You'll find it in all non-Muslim neighbourhoods in Ndjamena. Daily Chadian meals are similar to those of most other West African people: millet or rice served with different types of sauces, including ones with fish and meat for those who can afford it. This is called kissar.

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Chad: what are the cultural particularities?

Chad is home to several traditions. Several ethnic groups with varying traditions. Natives are more invloved in music and dance. Crafts differ according to the region in which they are found. Varying local traditional ceremonies: statues, objects and masks each symbolise something different.

Chad: travel tips

Go and get registered at the police station within 72 hours of your arrival in Chad. If you intend to leave Ndjamena and travel around the rest of the country, you'll need a permit issued by the Interior Minister. Beware, this can take quite some time. You'll also need authorisation from the Ministry of Information to take any pictures; this however still doesn't give you the right to take pictures randomly, especially not ones of government buildings. Show respect to those you meet: dress decently and avoid consuming alcohol in muslim neighbourhoods and villages. Observe safety instructions where possible.

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