Chad is a country in Central Africa. Its access to the Atlantic is cut off by Nigeria and Cameroon. On the landward side, it’s locked in by the Central African Republic, Sudan, Libya, and Niger. The climate in general is tropical, but varies depending on where you are and when. The South and Sahel regions get rainfall once a year during separate months, and the part of the country which is occupied by the Sahara Desert is arid and entirely devoid of any rain whatsoever. More than a million of the country’s 11.5 million population live in the capital city of N’Djamena. Get a car for hire in Chad so that you can explore the capital, and visit other destinations such as Moundou and Faya.
N’Djamena is the capital of the country, and a port city located in the Sahel at the confluence of the Chari and Logone rivers. Get a car for rent in Chad and go across the bridge which links N’Djamena by road to Kousseri in Cameroon. However, most visitors enter and leave through N’Djamena International Airport (NDJ). While you are in town, do not forget to visit the Chad National Museum. If you are interested in religious landmarks, the city has many mosques. The Central Market (Grand Marche) is popular among visitors, and the hippodrome offers horse races. The massive confluence of the two rivers makes for some great riverside recreation. The sunset views across the Chari River are famous for their beauty.
Moundou is located 250 miles south of the capital. It is at least 7 to 10 hours drive from N’Djamena but you can fly directly to Moundou Airport if your prefer. The biggest attraction here is the Gala Brewery, which makes the best beers in the country. Moundou is also located along the Logone River, so some riverside recreation is possible.
Once you leave the capital and the Sahel behind and cross over to northern Chad, be prepared for the onslaught of nature in the raw. This is the Sahara Desert more than a thousand miles from the ocean. It is one of the most barren and arid regions in the world. Even so, the Oasis of Faya (almost 600 miles from N’Djamena) is blessed with a constant supply of underground water which makes it lush green and an agricultural producer amid the desert. You can drop in at Faya Airport and experience the natural wonders of the Sahara Desert without having to go too far from civilization. There are three lakes nearby, which makes it a fantastic lakeshore getaway.
You can follow the Logone River from the capital to Moundou, or follow the Chari to Manda National Park and Sarh, for an African Safari. But the real attraction for tourists is the gigantic Lake Chad, just a hop away from N’Djamena. Book your car rental in Chad right now, and plan a road trip around the lake which spans across Chad, Nigeria, and Niger. You can stop by at Bol for a nice lakeshore getaway.
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