Adventure trip to Ennedi and Ounianga Lakes
A destination for unconditional adventure lovers who already know other parts of the African continent and want to go further, living a fascinating travel experience, in the style of ancient expeditions, in an authentic Africa, where tourism has not yet emerged.
We will travel to the Ennedi Plateau and the Ounianga Lakes (UNESCO), considered one of the most spectacular deserts regions in the world.
Chad is one of the least visited African countries, and our group and truck trip will take travellers through a territory almost completely isolated from the outside world. We will camp in spectacular locations and have the opportunity to meet fascinating ethnic groups and travel through some of the most remote and unspoilt regions of the Sahara. Welcome to the Chad experience.
Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape
In the northeast of the country, the sandstone Ennedi Massif has been sculpted over time by water and wind erosion into a plateau featuring canyons and valleys that present a spectacular landscape marked by cliffs, natural arches and pitons. In the largest canyons, the permanent presence of water plays an essential role in the Massif’s ecosystem, sustaining flora and fauna as well as human life. Thousands of images have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters, presenting one of the largest ensembles of rock art in the Sahara.
The site includes eighteen interconnected lakes in the hyper arid Ennedi region of the Sahara desert covering an area of 62,808 ha. It constitutes an exceptional natural landscape of great beauty with striking colours and shapes. The saline, hyper saline and freshwater lakes are supplied by groundwater and are found in two groups 40 km apart. Ounianga Kebir comprises four lakes, the largest of which, Yoan, covers an area of 358 ha and is 27 m deep.
Its highly saline waters only sustain algae and some microorganisms. The second group, Ounianga Serir, comprises fourteen lakes separated by sand dunes. Floating reeds cover almost half the surface of these lakes reducing evaporation. At 436 ha, Lake Teli has the largest surface area but is less than 10 m deep. With their high quality freshwater, some of these lakes are home to aquatic fauna, particularly fish.
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