Travel in Chad is not cheap due to lack of tourist infrastructure and the country's security situation. Although many trans-Africa travelers consider Chad a "drive-through country" rather than a tourist destination, there are treats for those willing to stay and discover the natural wildlife, dramatic landscapes and hospitable people.
As of 2009, the U.S. government does not recommend travel to Chad unless it is for humanitarian relief efforts. U.S. government evacuations cannot be facilitated from eastern Chad, and all border areas are prone to banditry and armed conflict.
Travel to Chad by land is possible from Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria. The border with Sudan is closed due to conflict between the two countries, and the borders with Libya and the Central African Republic have been deemed unsafe for travelers. You can fly to N'Djaména from Paris via Air France or from other African cities.
Chad's two official languages are French and Arabic, although there are more than 130 local languages spoken throughout the country. Don't expect people to speak English outside of the capital.
Travel during the coolest months of November and January is best for most parts of the country. Avoid the rainy season in July and August. Zakouma National Park is best visited during the hottest months, March and April.
Zakouma National Park is a destination for wildlife lovers, and Ennedi offers a chance to check out the desert's scenic vistas. Visit the town of Bol to take in life on the edge of Lake Chad.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.