Day 1 – N’Djamena
Arrive in N’Djamena and transfer to the hotel. Depending on when you arrive you may have time to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Meridien Chari or similar.
Days 2-4 – Moussoro – Salal – Faya
We leave the city behind, heading eastwards through Massaguet and Massakory, where the tarmac road disappears. From here we follow established tracks through the land, crossing dried up waterbeds and occasionally coming across caravans of livestock. The landscape starts as a mixture of savannah and sahel, becoming more arid as we progress. At the town of Moussouro we stop to refuel and pick up supplies, and as we head further east the land assumes more of a desert air – vegetation becomes scarce and we traverse vast plains, often covered in yellow grass, a remnant from the rainy season.
The people that live here are from a number of different groups – Fulani, Keraida and Kanembou among others. From Salal we turn north into the formidable Erg du Djourab, a vast sea of sand that effectively isolates Faya – we drive through the dunes until reach the town, the largest settlement here. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 5-6 – Borkou
We head further north on the way to Emi Koussi, crossing dunes and passing palm groves and small settlements, and travelling through a region known as Kouroudi, studded with magnificent tassili rock structures. We continue to Emi Koussi and skirt the base of the volcano, the highest mountain in the Sahara. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 7-8 – Emi Koussi – Birni Erde
We explore Emi Koussi and its surrounds, looking for prehistoric rock paintings, enjoying magnificent scenery and following the course of an old waterbed, the Enneri Miski. We stop at sites of interest along the way, exploring the region on foot and by vehicle, and visit the well of Birni Erde, where a small population of Tubu live nearby. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 9-10 – Yebbi Bou
We head through the mountains on rough and sometimes non-existent tracks, entering gorges on our way to Yebbi Bou, a small village of Teda Tubu. Nearby a deep canyon is home to one of the prettiest palm groves in the region, and offers good opportunities for exploration. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 11-12 – Zoumri – Bardai
Following the Yabbigue gorges our route takes through diverse landscapes, from harsh rocky terrains to lush wadis with acacia, tamarisk and other vegetation, and we travel past Tarso Voon and Tarso Toon, two of the Tibesti’s dead volcanoes. The valley of Zoumri we pass oases, settled by farmers, and continue to the town of Bardai. Bardai is the principal settlement in this part of the Tibesti and an important trading centre for the nomadic groups that populate the area. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 13-14 – Trou au Natron
Climbing higher we travel past the gorges of Oudinger until we reach the Trou au Natron, a vast crater with huge deposits of sodium on its floor. This provides a vital source of salt for local people and their animals and we may see groups of Tubu grazing their animals and gathering salt here. We descend to the bottom on foot to explore the crater in depth before moving on. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 15-16 – Zouar
Drive up to the Enneri Tao plateau to be greeted by views of the erg of Bilma, a vast sand sea stretching far into Niger, and the mountain of Sisse to the north. From here we head to Bardai, another of the Tibesti’s small towns and traditionally the home of the Dardai, loosely the leader of the Teda Tibesti. From here we travel to Daski, past stunning rocks and across the sands. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 17-19 – Towards Mao
Reluctantly we leave the Tibesti and head through a vast wilderness, driving seven hundred kilometres and crossing back from the Sahara to the Sahel. Although there are few settlements to speak of we will pass Keraida nomads, tending their herds of camels and goats on the sparse vegetation here, and stop to meet them where possible. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Day 20 – Mondo – Douigua
Head to Douguia, on the banks of the Chari River. The landscape is far more populated now, with small villages and decent roads showing us that we have completely left the Sahara behind. We should arrive at Douguia in time to watch the sun set over Cameroon, facing our camp across the river. Overnight Douguia Camp. (BLD)
Day 21 – N’Djamena
Take a pirogue ride this morning, travelling on the Chari River to see fishermen, small villages and perhaps even hippopotamus if we are lucky. In the early evening, return to N’Djamena for dinner and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BL)
this itinerary may differ according to airline schedules – N’Djamena is not served by daily flights from Europe and so if this changes it may be necessary to either add or remove a night in Douguia.
Included in price:
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation – as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.
- Guides – In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.
- Meals – As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).
Entrance fees – Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.
- Airport taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance