Chad: Gerewol 2021

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Chad: Gerewol 2021

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:
 
- Gerewol: nomadic traditional festival.
- Ennedi desert.
- Ounianga Oasis
Date: 16 October 2021 - 4 November 2021

Duration: 20 days - 19 nights

The price includes:
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Airport transfers
- Hotels in N'Djamena
- Guide
- Driver
- All meals outside N'Djamena
- Land transportation in a private vehicle (4x4)
- Fuel and tolls
- Mentioned excursions
- Entrance fees to the places detailed in the itinerary
- Camping material
- Touristic and photographic permits
- Drinkable water
- Basic travel insurance (does not include cancellation). The insurance company offers extensions to this basic insurance.

Price does not include:
- International flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Visa
- Pcr test
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN N'DJAMENA
Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: N'DJAMENA - DOURBALI - MBORORO CAMPSITE
From the capital, we will head south to reach Dourbali. We will have to visit the village chief, ask for his permission and protection from him, and thus be able to set our camping up. Night in tents. Full board.

Days 3 to 5: GEREWOL FESTIVAL

The most impressive visit will be that of the Mbororo, due to the fact that we will experience with them the meetings and celebrations that come after the rainy season. The Gerewol festival is the time to take stock of the year, when the most important events, discussions about families, harvests and animals, take place. Mbororo, as many nomadic poeple, spend the whoole year without seeing or speaking to each other. So, this is a time to get together and celebrate. But it is also the festival of beauty, seduction and love, as men strive to seduce the woman they can marry to. This will require a spectacular makeup, braided hair, clothes and colorful attires, and lots of songs and dances. We will be able to enjoy this whole process for three days of coexistence with the Mbororo, also called Woodabe, in addition to experience their daily life and cattle business. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 6: MASSAGUET - MASSAKORY - BARH EL GHAZEL

We will leave N’Djamena asphalt road until the small town of Massakory (140 km), towards Moussoro. We will sleep in our tented camp around the village of Chadra. Full board.

Day 7: BARH EL GHAZEL - BATHANDJENE

We will reach Moussoro, a small town on the route, here we will purchase some fuel and goods for our long trip. While leaving the town we will notice a changing landscape: small hills, some trees and tons of sand. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 8: BATHANDJENE - KALAIT

We will leave the hills for a flat and sometimes sandy track along the route after Bathandjene. We may see some gazelles on the way. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 9: KALAIT - GUELTA DE BACHIKELE

We will visit many amazing rock formations: the great Alouba-Toukou arch, the elephant arch, the Mandingueli cave paintings and the Oyo labyrinth. The rock in Alouba Arch is the largest Arch in the world and Guelta de Bachikele is called "the Garden of Eden". Night in tents at Guelta d´Archei. Full board.

Day 10: GUELTA D'ARCHEI AND THE TERKEI CAVE PAINTINGS

In the morning, we will proceed to Guelta d´Archei, one of the most incredible spots of this country. There we may see a lot of camels drinking fresh water and maybe some crodociles. In the afternoon we will visit the cave paintings of Terkei. Night in tents under Arche Julia. Full board.

Day 11: BACHIKE AND THE CAVE OF YOUTH

Bachiké is a splendid canyon, in which the nomads dig wells on the passage of the water to shelter their cattle. The youth cave are ancient meeting places for young people in the Ennedi area, especially nomads. They come by camel from far away and organize traditional dances here; it's the gateway to the Ennedi Massif. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 12: BACHIKE - HOUBAIKE AND FADA

Fada is the capital of the region of Ennedi. There, we will take some fuel and continue direction to Mourdi, across the Ennedi plateau, a former caravan trail. We will drive through a quite challenging path in the middle of the desert. No road available. Night in tents in the middle of the dunes. Full board.

Day 13: SALTWORKS OF DIME DEGUIDEI - OUNIANGA KEBIR

We will visit the Dimé saltworks, the Deguidei saltworks, and a small lake surrounded by the Palmerai Oasis. We will also visit the soft lake of Boukou, after the multi-colored Lake Ounianga Kebir, the largest Lake of Ounianga. Dinner and night in tents by the lake. Full board.

Day 14: OUNIANGA KEBIR - OUNIANGA SERIR

Morning walk around Lake Serir (swimming is possible) before continuing on the 4 large lakes of Ounianga Kebir. You will almost feel like being at the seaside in the middle of the desert. These lakes are immense. Dinner and night in tents by the lake. Full board.

Day 15: OUNIANGA SERIR - OUNIANGA KEBIR

After breakfast, we will continue our adventure to reach Lake Ounianga Kebir, a magnificent lake of a magical metallic blue color, surrounded by green palm trees and bordered by high orange cliffs of sand. A unique and unexpected experience. Dinner and night in tents by the lake. Full board.

Day 16: BIR-KORANB - DEPRESSION OF MOURDI-KALAIT AND ABÉCHÉ

After buying some goods at Kalait, we will proceed to Arada-Biltine and Abéché, the second largest city in Chad. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 17: OUM - HADJER - MANGALMÉ - MONGO - BITKINE - BOKORO

We will cross the region of Guerra, a very interesting mountainous area. After that, the landscape will come back flat up to Bokoro, the second city of the Hadjer-Lamis region. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 18: BOKORO

We will visit Bokoro. Night in tents. Full board.

Day 19: BOKORO - N’DJAMENA

Passing through the crossroads of the town of Massaguet we will finally arrive back to the capital.

Day 20: FLY BACK HOME

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Chad Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Chad. Applications for visas have to be made in advance in Paris. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the visa. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.


Vaccines and Travel Health
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Chad. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling through Southern Chad. If you only travel to desert areas there are less chances of getting malaria mosquitoes. Said this, we recommend to bring anti-malaria tablets. Water supply is unsafe to drink, visitors should drink bottle water. Visitors should also avoid eating unpeeled, unwashed fruit and vegetables.


Security in Chad
Chad has experienced in the recent past war and social unrest. Today, a strong government, petrol income, and a general improvement in people’s lives make Chad one of the safest countries in West and Central Africa where to travel too. N’Djamena is a safe city though one must be careful in markets with pickpockets as in most parts of the World. The Tibesti Desert region, bordering Libya is often closed to foreign travellers due to the chaos reigning in Libya. One must check the situation before travelling there. Another area that needs special attention is the Sudan border where Darfur conflict has caused the displacement of thousands of people into Chadian territory, creating big refugee camps at the border.


When to go to Chad
Travelers can visit Chad all year around. Last Places offers trips to Chad all year around. Said this, the best time to visit Chad is from December till April with an average temperature of around 25ºC and very little chance of rainfall. The month in which you decide to visit will largely depend on your ability to deal with high temperatures, as the heat can rise to around 40ºC during the hotter months between May and October. Ennedi and other deserts can be visited all year around but southern tribes and Zakouma National Park can only be visited between December and April. Afterwards the region gets flooded and completely impassable.


Currency in Chad                                                                                 
The unit of currency is the Central African Franc (FCFA). Visitors should bring enough cash for their needs. Money can be exchanged at the airport or at the bank. Euros are changed without any problem. Credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels, and cash withdrawals are not possible. Few ATMs in N’Djamena accept foreign cards.



Time in Chad
GMT +1



Electricity in Chad
Electrical current in Chad is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round pin attachment plugs are in use.




Communications in Chad
The international dialing code for Chad is +235. There are many more mobile telephones than fixed lines and the mobile coverage around N’Djamena and other main centers is much more reliable than fixed lines. Internet access is rare out of N’Djamena.


Language in Chad
The official language of Chad is French, though in desert areas, very few tribal people speak French or understand it. Teda and Arabic are the common languages north of N’Djamena. In this case a local translator is needed. French is spoken widely in the South of Chad.


Prohibitions in Chad
Do not take photographs of government buildings, or use binoculars near them, as this could lead to arrest.



Chad is a secular country, however Islam is strong in the north and centre of the country. It is thus quite difficult (and not recommended) to search for or to consume alcohol, at least outside of the cities. In the bush villages (including the Muslim ones in the centre of the country) you can drink artisan beer served in calabashes, but do note that it packs a deceptive punch and is to be avoided if you are concerned.

In N'Djamena, in the larger cities, and in the south of the country, alcohol consumption is not a problem!