The Republic of Chad is located in the heart of north Africa. In November 2018 I participated in a two-week desert expedition in the northern part of the country. Little known among the community of travelers and tourists, Chad offers wonderful opportunities to visit some of the most beautiful regions of Sahara desert. There is the Ennedi Massif, a mountainous region in northeast Chad, an impressive sandstone plateau eroded by wind and thermal cycles into gorges, cliffs, canyons and outliers. And further on up north are the Lakes of Ounianga that crop up unexpectedly, as if by magic, among the dunes.
Sandstone rock formations, Ennedi Mountains, northeastern Chad, North Africa
Nomads draw water from a well to water their herds, Northern Chad, North Africa
A Libyan tank is slowly buried by the desert sand, Northern Chad, North Africa
CHAD TOUR, 2018
I travelled trough the Ennedi region with its oddly shaped sandstone formations, natural stone arches, rock pinnacles, sand dunes, canyons and oases with lakes surrounded by palm trees. Situated in the far north are the beautiful Ounianga lakes in the middle of the desert that are fed by fossil groundwater.
ENNEDI ROCK ART
Thousands of images have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters in the Ennedi Massif, presenting one of the largest ensembles of prehistoric rock art in the Sahara. The rock paintings provide a unique record of life in the Sahara thousands of years ago.
This tour in 2018 was organized by Diamir, Germany and led by the Austrian tour guide Karin Scheidhammer.
Taking a swim in Lake Bokou, a freshwater lake surrounded by green palms and golden sand dunes right in the middle of the Sahara.