Trip to Chad by 4x4, northern route
A classic 16-day trip to Chad during which we will discover two of the most fascinating places in the Sahara Desert: the Ennedi Massif and the Ounianga Lakes.
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.
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.