Chad Extreme : Camel Trekking - Ennedi - Gerewol Festival
By invitation only If you have traveled with us before and you are very interested in this trip after reading the physical requirements please contact us.
Chad is still one of the safest countries to visit in northern Africa. Across the northern part spreads the vast and very sparsely populated Sahara desert while the south is dominated by grass and bush savannah which receive seasonal rain falls. The spectacular landscapes are as diverse as the colorful and traditional tribes. The mix of large sand dunes, bizarre rock formations, volcanic mountains, grasslands, dense forests, swamps and lakes make this country one of the most beautiful in the northern half of Africa. Chad is simply magic.
Our expedition starts is the dusty capital N'Djamena, formerly Fort Lamy, and is located on the southwestern border, adjacent to Cameroon. It has the charm of a typical frontiers town with a mix of old and new, dusty and paved roads and the stark contrast between modern office and hotel buildings rising above primitive old brick houses. From here we will drive for 3 days on lonely gravel and sand tracks across the Sahel and southern Sahara Desert to a small town in the western part of the Ennedi Plateau. Only a few hours after leaving the capital we will have left civilisation behind and enter a wild world that hasn't changed much over the past centuries. Fada is the largest town in the Ennedi region and the starting point for our Camel Expedition across one of the most beautiful parts of the Plateau. Ennedi, a World Heritage Site, with its stunning, bizarre rock formations, needles, arches and canyons is often being compared to the landscapes in Utah. Many consider the Ennedi Plateau the most beautiful part of the Sahara. We will ride on camels for the next 5 days, always leaving enough time for stops to photograph or just to enjoy the dramatic scenery around us. In the evenings we gather around a campfire while enjoying the silence of the desert and the brilliant night skies. There is no better way to explore this remote region than on traditional camelback which until today is the main means of transportation for the locals. On the fifth day we finish our camel expedition at one of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Chad, a long, deep canyon with a year round source of water where daily hundreds of camels come to drink. The view down from a cliff at the end of the canyon onto hundreds of camels filling the gorge truly is an overwhelming experience. During the following 6 days we will explore the natural wonders of Ennedi by Land Cruiser. The landscape is dominated by rock needles reminding one of Bryce Canyon and sandstone arches as spectacular as in Arches National Park in Utah. The nights are brilliant and clear, offering perfect conditions for astrophotography. Our next stop on the way south will be a Wadi where scimitar- horned oryx and critically endangered addax antelopes have been reintroduced in 2020. There we also will encounter the critically endangered dama gazelles. These are usually very shy and not so easy to approach as the antelopes. On our way back to N'Djamena we will travel across the Sahel where we will see scattered villages that are traditionally built out of reeds. The huts are organized in a circle surrounded by a brush fence to keep the life stock - mostly goats -safely inside over night. Arriving in N'Djamena we will look forward to a cold beer, a shower, swimming pool and comfortable rooms for one night before we depart for our last adventure, the visit of the Gerewol Festival.
Please contact us regarding a detailed itinerary!
- Accommodations for 25 nights, 3 nights in hotels, 22 nights in comfortable 2 person tents
- All land transportation in Chad in Toyota Land Cruisers
- National park, conservation fees and cultural village fees
- All meals excluding dinner on first and last evening in N'Djamena
- Mineral water
- International airfare to and from N'Djamena
- Change of itinerary
- Visa fees
- All beverages (unless where mentioned as included)
- Change of itinerary
- Any items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls
- Tips / gratuities for guide and camp / lodge staff
- Travel/medical insurance
- Any extras not mentioned in the included list such as extra meals and activities
This expedition requires one to be fit, easy going, flexible, heat tolerant and willing to help staff with camp duties. Since we are traveling as a small group for 25 days, we want to make sure that we have a cohesive and fun group who loves adventure and new experiences. We would ask our group to help with the setting up of tents, cleaning the camp and generally supporting our hard working staff when needed. We will be taking one chef who will do his best to accommodate our western diet, however, because we will be refilling our food cache in remote desert towns, it will be nearly impossible to accommodate those who have specific food needs. Therefore please understand that we will be unable to offer gluten- and lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan or other specific diets.
Count on long days on camelback. We will not be pushing for time but rather maintaining and enjoying a leisurely pace in the caravan with lots of opportunities to photograph the spectacular scenery. There is always the possibility of sand storms that can be very uncomfortable as the sand can get into our tents, our food while we eat and any/everywhere else it can. Water is extremely scarce in the desert as you can image, so we won't have the opportunity to shower during the camel trek or when we are traveling overland across the desert with the Land Cruisers. However, we will carry enough water with us for a daily "cat-bath". We recommended the use of baby wipes!
The rigors that you experience on this caravan across the remote Saharan desert will be long forgotten as soon as you return to civilization. We strongly recommend that our travelers bring an adventurous spirit, as you will have a unique journey of which few can boast.
After having traveled in over 100 countries Chad is one of my top 5 favorites. If you like to explore this stunning, wild place and expect a shower every day then Chad is not for you. If you like adventure, pure nature, vast uninhabited and unspoiled places without cell phone phobia, and if you don't mind having only basic comfort then Chad is a trip of a lifetime! Visiting Chad is stepping back in time when life seemed to be more "down to earth". When I visited the northern part of Chad I often didn't see another vehicle for days. And only after being there for 3 weeks did I meet other tourists! I hope I can share the harshness and beauty of Chad with you during this very special expedition.
While Theo was crossing the desert in Chad, I was in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia on the back of a Bactrian camel. Being a lover of deserts and after having explored so many of them worldwide, I am excited to share this part of the Sahara with you. Chad will be a wild and exciting adventure that few people will ever experience. Because tourism is still almost non-existent, our group will experience Chad in the most authentic way possible - from the back of a camel and beneath a sparkling canopy of stars.
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