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Lt. Gen. Idriss Déby
» French, Arabic
» Dominant-party presidential republic
» 1,284,000 km2 (21st)
» 10,329,208 (73rd)
» $31.448 billion (123rd)
» Per capita $2,787 (150th)
» $15.986 billion (130th)
» Per capita $1,417 (151st)
» Central African CFA franc (XAF)
» Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Best of Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest and Niger to the west. It is the fifth largest country in Africa in terms of area.
Best of Chad is divided into multiple regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanese savanna zone in the south.
Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Best of Chad and the second-largest in Africa. N’Djamena, the capital, is the largest city.
Best of Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Arabic and French are the official languages. Islam and Christianity are the most widely practiced religions.
Chad’s currency is the CFA franc. In the 1960s, the Mining industry of Chad produced sodium carbonate, or natron. There have also been reports of gold-bearing quartz in the Biltine Prefecture.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a railway system was in development near Lake Chad. In the 21st century, Chad and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corp agreed to a $7 billion contract to build additional railway infrastructure.
Wave goodbye to your comfort zone and say hello to Chad. Put simply, Chad is a place and an experience that you’ll never forget! If Ghana and Gambia are Africa for beginners, Chad is Africa for the hardcore.
Zakouma National Park, this national park is a major Chadian success story. After poaching and civil war ravaged the area’s wildlife, the Chadian government and the EU restocked the park with an eye on the affluent European tourist market.
Now you can see large herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, wildebeests, monkeys, lions, and a wide variety of antelopes and birdlife.
The best time to come is March and April when the animals congregate around watering holes. It is not possible to visit June-October because of the rains.
- Abéché – A former capital of the powerful Ouadaï sultanate, and surrounded by desert, this town has retained much of its oriental charm, with interesting mosques, cobbled narrow streets and old markets.
- Camel racing – Catch a glimpse of some of the best camel racing in the world in the Tibesti Mountains, home of the fierce Toubou tribe. The inhabitants are distantly related to the Tuareg of the Western Sahara.
- Lake Chad – Lake Chad must be seen, not only because it was once the centre of Africa’s lucrative salt trade and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, but also because you may be running out of time to see it. Lake Chad is shrinking. The lake is at its best during the August to December period, when the water level is highest and the occasional hippo or crocodile can be seen drifting by.
- N’Djaména – Chad’s capital is slowly regaining its pre-war reputation as one of Central Africa’s liveliest cities.
- National Museum – The museum features collections of the Sarh culture dating back to the ninth century.
- Wander N’Djaména’s historic quarter – The historic quarter, with its colourful daily market, is fascinating and a good place to pick up colourful Chadian rugs and jewellery.
- Zakouma National Park – Zakouma National Park is Located on an immense plain, across which the Bahr Salamat and its tributaries flow from north to south.