Historical Landmarks of Chad, Africa

Historical Landmarks of Chad, Africa
Chad has many things to see and do. You can explore the capital city of N'Djaména or go to Zakouma National Park. You can visit Lake Chad, Ennedi Desert, or even go to the Tibesti Mountains. You can visit volcanoes or watch camel racing. The choice is up to you and your adventure is waiting.

N'Djaména

N'Djaména is the capital city and is slowly recovering from its war-torn past. It once was one of the liveliest and most energetic cities of Central Africa. The bullets holes are a reminder of the past as the people move toward the future. You can visit the National Museum, which has a collection of Sarh culture. Or you can visit the local market located in the historic quarter and purchase Chadian jewelry or rugs. You will also notice that there is a noticeable difference between the quiet Arab section and the lively area full of bars where the southerners live.

Zakouma National Park

Zakouma National Park is located in the south between the cities of Am Timan and Sarh. It was the first national park in Chad and it is almost 3,000 square kilometers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see huge herds of elephants and giraffes in the park. You can also see lions in their natural habitat. Zakouma National Park also has 226 documented bird species for the bird watchers.

Lake Chad

Lake Chad was once the center of Africa's salt trade and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. But if you want to see it, then you have to come soon because it is shrinking. The best time to visit is between August and December when the water level is at its highest. You can even see hippos and crocodiles here.

Ennedi Desert

The Ennedi Desert used to be underwater, so it has many rock formations and sea arches. It is located in the Sahara desert in northeastern Chad. The desert contains prehistoric cave paintings from the past. It also has small, hidden, blue-green desert lakes and slot canyons to explore.

Tibesti Mountains

The Tibesti Mountains are located in the central Sahara desert in the northern region of Chad, and they are the largest and highest in the Sahara desert. They contain a group of dormant volcanoes and one active volcano. They are ideal area for hiking. There are many ancient cave paintings, artifacts, hot springs and geysers. You can also watch camel racing here.

Abéché

Abéché is a former capital of the Ouadaï sultanate. It is surrounded by the desert and has retained much of its Oriental charm. It contains narrow cobbled streets, old markets and interesting mosques.

Article Written By Timothy Drew

Timothy Drew is a writer who draws from his experiences in travel and his daily adventures. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., with a bachelor's in business. He is an English teacher and soccer referee who has worked in the United States, Korea and Thailand, which has given him a wealth of material and a different perspective as an expat abroad.

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