25-day truck trip to Chad in February 2022
Discover the Ennedi plateau: jewel of the Sahara, the Ounianga lakes and the Zakouma National Park, one of the last wild reserves in Africa.
Possibility to join the expedition to Tibesti
After long days of travelling, like a dream, the Ounianga lakes emerge as a paradise in the middle of the Sahara desert.
The Ounianga Lakes are located in the middle of an arid and extreme desert and have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012.
Of sublime beauty, the 18 lakes of Ounianga are divided into two groups:
- - To the west lies Ounianga Kebir (Big Ounianga), made up of four lakes, of which Lake Yoan is the deepest in the Sahara at 27 metres and has the largest volume of water. Its waters are extremely salty, six times saltier than the oceans, and contain only algae and a few micro-organisms.
- - In the east is Ounianga Serir (Little Ounianga), made up of 14 lakes separated by sand dunes.
Rising out of the sands of the Sahara in northern Chad is a plateau of otherworldly landscapes, sculpted by the erosion of water and wind, forming gorges (Guelta de Archei), canyons and valleys and a host of extraordinary rock formations in the form of arches (Aloba or Julia), peaks, giant mushrooms (the wind blows the sand out of the ground) and extravagant pillars of varying sizes.
Guelta of Archei
Guelta is an Arabic word for a permanent natural water point in the desert. Guelta water is usually stagnant water that accumulates during the rainy season and is maintained during long periods when there is no rainfall. The water in the gullies is usually also fed by groundwater. The Archei Guelta is fed by four permanent springs.
The Archei Gorge is possibly one of the most spectacular and impressive gorges to be found in the desert.
In addition to the Archei Gorge we will visit the lesser known but no less impressive Bachikele Gorge and Bechike Canyon.
The Aloba Arch was formed millions of years ago by wind and water erosion and measures 77 metres wide and 120 metres high, making it one of the most famous and largest natural arches in the world. But this is not the only natural arch we will have the opportunity to visit on our way through the Ennedi Plateau. Another spectacular visit will be the arch of Julia.
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Peoples of Chad
We continue our journey overland to Zakouma National Park. We return to a more typically African landscape, dotted with small sedentary villages where we will be greeted with huge smiles.
Huge herds of camels and/or cows and goats led by nomadic Arab shepherds can be found on Chad's roads.
Zakouma National Park
Just south of the Sahara, Zakouma National Park is the northernmost of the great African national parks.
With one of the last examples of the Sudanese-Sahelian ecosystem, Zakouma's landscapes are unique, a mixture of open spaces with scrub, savannah woodland and wetlands, home to lions, giraffes, elephants, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, ostriches, monkeys, jackals, wild cats, baboons, buffaloes, different types of antelopes such as kobus, gazelles, roans and red hartebeests.
Visit our blog to learn more about Zakouma National Park.