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Itinerary: The Gerewol Festival in Chad

The Gerewol Festival in Chad

Join the Mbororo people for a week of traditional festivities, and immerse yourself in a culture that is among the most traditional in all of Africa. One of the most colourful festivals you’re ever likely to see. September departures

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The Gerewol Festival in Chad

Day 1 – N’Djamena
Arrive in N’Djamena and transfer to the hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore, or you can simply relax at the hotel and prepare for your adventure. Overnight Le Meridien Chari or similar.

Day 2 – Durbali
We drive to the region of Durbali, through the Sahel, to join the Mbororo people in their celebration of the Gerewol festival. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Days 3-7 – Gerewol Festival
We spend these days immersing ourselves in the culture of the Mbororo and witnessing the rituals and ceremonies of the Gerewol festival. This is one of Africa’s most fascinating cultural encounters, unchanged for centuries and with very few traces of modernity. We can expect to see traditional singing and dancing, and perhaps some camel racing.

Young Mbororo men decorate themselves with make up, feathers and traditional jewellery to ‘display’ to young women – the Gerewol is an elaborate mass courtship ritual and a fascinating spectacle to watch. As well as this we can explore the market of Durbali, one of the most important in the Sahel, and spend time with local people, learning about all aspects of their unique culture. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Day 8 – N’Djamena
We return back to N’Djamena, where day use rooms are available to freshen up. After heading out to a restaurant for a final farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. (BL)

Start date : 24th Sept 2017

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- International flights
- Travel Insurance

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