Completely landlocked and little known outside of the African continent, Chad remains an enigma for many. Africa’s fifth largest country is surrounded by Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger, and is home to some of the most hostile and least explored landscapes on the planet. Chad is a land of rich contrasts, where its human history is etched into the very rocks and the lush Saharan vistas of 10,000 years ago, still definatly holding out against the encroaching desert.
Covering nearly 500,000 square miles and dominated by the arid Sahelian belt, a third of the country is made up of desert and rock. But at its heart lie the remarkable oases of the Lakes of Ounianga, the largest and deepest lakes in the Sahara. These life-giving waters offer up a remarkable glimpse of the desert as it was over ten millennia ago and today provide a unique haven for plants, animals and humans alike in the middle of what is one of the most extreme environments on earth.
Along with the Ounianga Lakes, the Ennedi Massif provides Chad with another UNESCO World Heritage Site of astonishing richness. Home to the proud nomadic Toubou, its labyrinthine gorges and endless dunes hide within their embrace the spectacular Guelta de Archeï and a collection of cave paintings that trace human history in the region back 3,000 years.
Challenging and captivating in equal measure, Chad promises adventure and experiences beyond compare.