Top 5 Tourist Destinations In Chad.
The Republic of Chad is a landlocked country In Central Africa, bordered by Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Libya to the north, Nigeria and Cameroon to the southeast, and Niger to the west. The French and Chadian Arabic-speaking country is home to over 15 million people.
Frequenting Chad for tourists was always a matter of sheer curiosity. A fact that remains about Chad is that it is referred to as the “Dead Heart of Africa” due to the country’s desert climate and its distance from the sea.
Consequently, Chadians didn’t expect tourists until inquisitive folks changed the narrative. The relatively minor tourism industry of Chad needed some work and so the government and entrepreneurial citizens started making provisions.
Chad presently has accommodation for over 200,000 tourists yearly. Visiting Chad is a fair idea until your main goal is to stay in the capital city. The United States Department of State determines that the cost of living a day in N’Djamena is five times what can be spent in other African countries. This is as a result of the city being the centre of many businesses.
Naturally, this article details the top 5 tourist destinations in Chad that are a little far away from N’Djamena.
Just so you know, number 3 would leave you with bated breath.
The wet season and warm climate coupled with music and concerts deep into the night in the vibrant Sarh is what makes the town a top tourist destination in Chad. To put it differently, you can party all night.
History lovers also get attracted to the French Colonial Fort Archambault. Legend has it that it was founded by French Equatorial Africa to house returnees who had run away from the labour camps dedicated to constructing the Congo-Ocean railway at the time.
Not only is Sarh set on River Chari but also has the perfect climate for their largest export, cotton. The intrigue with which tourists match into Sarh for the above-mentioned reasons is a sight to see.
The city located in the southeast of N’Djamena is one of the top tourist destinations in Chad anytime, any day.
Thinking to tick the Sahara Desert off your bucket list? Visit Chad then. The monstrous Sahara Desert spans through 11 African countries including Chad, so you might as well see it so far as you’re in Chad.
About a third of the country is made up of rocks and sand from the Sahara Desert.
Faya-Largeau happens to be the city at the very edge of the Sahara Desert. The temperature is usually above 40 degrees Celsius and it has an annual rainfall of just an inch. This however wouldn’t deter tourists.
With a local guide ready to go, Faya-Largeau becomes one of the top tourist destinations in Chad for the harsh yet beautiful climate provided by the Sahara Desert.
3. Zakouma National Park
Came this far? Well, we’re excited to tell you about the National Park that truly is a refuge for wildlife in the whole of Central Africa. The Chadian government has been quite successful in conserving nature in that part of the country.
The park does not only house diverse species of birds and mammals but also, is home to 50 per cent of Africa’s Kordofan giraffe population. There are elephants, lions, hartebeests, leopards, buffaloes, and many more.
Thankfully, you can be accorded the luxury of viewing the best game area in the park while enjoying a delicious dinner. All you need to do is to lodge at the Tinga Camp which offers accommodation and entertainment to over 500 tourists who consider the Zakouma National Park as a deserving tourist destination in Chad.
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2. Ennedi Desert
Contrary to the harsh yet beautiful Sahara Desert discussed earlier, the Ennedi Desert is rather full of beetles and scorpions. As much as the place is hard to find, it is hard to survive without carefully thought-out plans and provisions.
Tourists adventurous enough to visit the area are awarded one of the most incredible natural landscapes in the world. If you want the best out of it, you can bring your photography skills to life by having a functioning digital camera.
To top it all is the unusual formation of rocks in the desert. Although weird, it is deemed one of the most beautiful natural designs of rocks in the world. You will love it here. One of the finest tourist destinations in Chad.
We may have saved the best for the first. You know why? Because Lake Chad is located in Bol. The most talked-about Lake Chad used to be the largest freshwater lake in the world until the 1984 drought that almost drained it.
Some also say the 10,000km lake is drying up because of the development of modern irrigation systems for industrial agriculture.
This in contrast doesn’t change a tourist’s mind. They believe there’s still so much to see and Lake Chad with decades of Goodwill would always prove them right.
A boat ride on the lake gives you an amazing view of floating islands in the far distance. The hippopotamuses and the rare species of birds are but a plus.
One more reason why Bol is one of the top tourist destinations in Chad is for its airport. Tourists find it stress-free to just fly in instead of spending hours on potholed roads although that is similarly an interesting experience.
Togo, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and 10 other countries are Visa-free to the Republic of Chad. Kindly research and be sure your country is one and start planning that trip. Oh, and it is a maximum stay of 90 days.
If your country is not on the list, then please follow the usual Visa application process at least 3 months ahead of your date of travel to enable due time for processing.
We hope that this article, which zeros in on the top 5 tourist destinations in Chad, has been of great help.
Kindly comment below and let us know a destination that should have made the list. Have you already been to Chad? We’ll love to read about your experience.
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