Travel to Chad: Discover the Ennedi Plateau: jewel of the Sahara and the Zakouma National Park, one of the last wild reserves in Africa.
Overland trip to Chad, visiting Ennedi Plateau and Zakouma National Park
From N'Djamena we will travel to the Ennedi Plateau, an amazing region full of impressive rock formations.
On the way, we will stop at one of the weekly markets we are sure to find. After visiting Ennedi Plateau, we will continue our trip to Zakouma National Park, where for two full days we will do several safaris.
Rising on the sands of the Sahara, in northern Chad, we find a plateau with landscapes more typical of other worlds, which has been sculpted by the erosion of water and wind, forming gorges (Guelta of Archei), canyons and valleys and an endless number of extraordinary rock formations shaped like arches (Aloba or Julia), peaks, giant mushrooms (the wind blows the sand from the ground) and extravagant pillars of different sizes.
Ennedi's cave paintings
The Ennedi Plateau is home to one of the largest concentrations of cave paintings in the whole of the Sahara.
These paintings dating from different periods are found outside some caves or hidden in caves. Their shape and colour are preserved by the dry desert atmosphere.
In this trip in Ennedi we will visit three different canyons, but all absolutely impressive. The most famous is the Guelta of Archei
Guelta of Archei
Guelta is an Arabic word used to designate a permanent natural water point in the desert. The water of the gueltas is usually a stagnant water that accumulates in the rainy season and is maintained during the long periods in which there is no rainfall. The water of the gueltas is usually also nourished by groundwater. Archei's Guelta is nourished from four permanent sources.
The Guelta of Archei is possibly one of the most spectacular and impressive gorges we can find in the desert.
In addition to the Archei Guelta we will visit Bachikele Guelta and Bechike Canyon, less known but no less impressive.
Another fascinating visit: the Arch of Aloba
The arch of Aloba was formed millions of years ago due to the erosion of wind and water and has dimensions of 77 meters wide by 120 meters high, being one of the most famous and largest natural arches in the world. But this will not be the only natural arch that we will have the opportunity to visit on our way through the Ennedi plateau. Another spectacular visit will be the arch of Julia.
Peoples of Chad
We will continue our overland trip to Zakouma National Park. We return to a more typically African landscape, dotted with small sedentary populations where we will be greeted with huge smiles.
On the roads of Chad we may find huge herds of camels and/or cows and goats guided by nomadic Arab shepherds.
Zakouma National Park
Just south of the Sahara, Zakouma National Park is the northernmost of the large African national parks.
With one of the latest examples of Sudanese-Sahelian ecosystem, the landscapes of Zakouma are unique, a mixture of open spaces with scrub, savannah forests and wetlands, where lions, giraffes, elephants, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, ostriches, monkeys, jackals, wild cats, baboons, buffaloes, different types of antelopes such as kobus, gazelles, roans or red hartebeests.
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