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Organising Your Trip
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
N'Djamena International Airport (NDJ)
3.5 km/2.2 miles
XAF 3,000/10 min
Different Forms of Tourism
The Zakouma National Park, in the south-eastern part of the country, is considered Chad's main attraction. The park has an area of 3,000 square km and is home to a variety of 44 species of large animals, and many species of birds. According to National Geographics, in 2016 more than 5,000 locals stayed at the park's camps. The number of foreign tourist is however very limited, as most foreign ministries suggest not to visit Chad due to safety reasons.
The Ennedi Plateau is also famous. It constists of a sandstone bulwark located in the middle of the Sahara, with peculiar geological structures like towers, pillars, bridges and arches. The plateau covers an area of around 60,000 square km. Some petroglyphs can be found in Niola Doa. Nevertheless, the UK foreign ministry advices against all travel to the area.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In N’Djamena (GMT+1)
- Summer Time Period
There are no daylight saving time clock changes in Chad
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
Chad territory is very vast, thus the climate can change significantly according to the region. In general, the country has a hot and tropical climate. While in the north rainfall is limited, the southern and central areas have rainy periods brought from the so-called “the inter-tropical front” (from May to October and June to September, respectively). Winter is dry everywhere in the country.
Average temperatures in the capital N’Djamena vary from 23°C in January to 32.7°C in April and May.
- Hotel reservation websites
Climate Zone - Chad
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Chadian cuisine is in the tradition of the Sahara region. Staple foods include grains such as millet, sorghum, and rice, with okra and cassava among the most commonly eaten vegetables. Plates are generally served on common plates, with men and women often eating in different areas.
Traditional dishes include:
Daraba: prepared with okra, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, peanut butter (or peanut paste), and several other possible ingredients
Jarret de boeuf: beef meat stewed for at least two hours
Dried, salted and smoked fish: especially tilapia (more abundant in southern Chad)
Kisser: a sorghum-based pancake
Fungasoo: deep-fried cheese balls
Esh: boiled millet flour served with a moulah sauce.
Chadians consume large quantities of tea (especially the Karkanji type, a red tea made from dried hibiscus flowers with ginger, clove, sugar and cinnamon). Liquor and millet beer (known as bili-bili ) are consumed among non-Muslim Chadians (mostly in south of the country and in the capital’s area).
- Dietary Restrictions
Muslims (more than half of the population) normally do not eat pork meat (unless it is “halal”, which means it is permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) nor drink alcohol.
The drinking age for alcohol is 18.
Among traditional beliefs there is the one according to which giving eggs to children may turn them into thieves in adulthood; and that pregnant women who eat too much food would deliver fat babies.
Generally, meals are served on common plates and are taken seated on a mat on the floor. People's feet should not point toward other guests or the food. Men and women eat separately.
- Domestic Currency
CFA Franc BEAC
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Most of the banks in major towns have ATMs. Currency exchance offices can be found in major airports and in bigger cities. USD and EUR are generally easier to exchange compared to GBP and other foreign currencies.
Travellers' cheques can be exchanged in a few banks in N'Djaména.
- Possible Means of Payment
Chad has a cash-based economy. Credit cards are generally not accepted as methods of payment. Some of the major tourist hotels accept credit cards.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
There are more than 120 different languages and dialects spoken in Chad. Chadian Arabic (also known as Shuwa Arabic) is the lingua franca in the country.
- Business Language
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Latest Update: September 2023