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N'Djamena is the capital of Chad. It is by far the country's largest city, with a population of 721,000 people. It lies directly on the border of Cameroon, and is located on the confluence of the Chari and Logone rivers. The city has been at the centre of many heated rebellions and revolts, and in February 2008 was entered by rebel troops.

Sunset on the Chari river in N'Djamena.

Get in[edit]

The only flights from a non-African city are from Paris (by Air France) and Istanbul (by Turkish Airlines). Destinations in Africa include Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Tripoli, Cotonou, Bangui, Lagos, Khartoum and Cairo. Historically, the main entry to the city was by boat up the Chari and Logone rivers, but today this is rarely done. The city has no railway links.

Get around[edit]

By car

There are not very many well kept roads in Chad, especially in the north. Starting west, you can drive across the Logone river, across the Cameroonian border, and into the border town of Kouserri. After a short drive through Cameroon, you can drive across the border into Nigeria and into the city of Maiduguri. Going south from N'Djamena, the next major city isn't until Moundou. Continuing east from Moundou, you can drive to Sarh. Going back down south, you can drive towards the Central African Republic border. Starting east from N'Djamena, there's... not much. It's a seventeen hour drive to the town of Abeche. Further east, the border with Sudan lies ahead. This road is kinda dangerous with the whole Darfur thing going on. Going north, you drive through the scrubby Sahel, and into the Sahara. There are the towns of Faya-Largeau and Bardai on your way to Libya. In the far north, you drive into the Aouzou Strip, before finally crossing into Libya.

See[edit][add listing]

A muslim city, there are many mosques to see in the city, as well as a cathedral and the presidential palace. And do not forget the views across the river. Sunset can be quite spectacular.

  • Chad National Museum, (Near the Kempinski Hotel N'Djamena). The national museum of Chad, containing many artifacts from its history. Some pieces are lost due to looting during the last civil war. (latitude,) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Go shopping in the local markets- even if only for an afternoon snack- that are scattered throughout the city. This lets you experience the everyday life and culture of Chad, and also helps contributes to the country's poor economy.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

There is delicious fried fish served in one cafe in the center of N'Djamena.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Chad is a predominantly Islamic country, so do not expect alcohol to be as widely accepted as in some other countries.There is safe water in many places as well, but DO NOT TRUST all water. It is probably contaminated.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Le Meridien Chari, 396 Rue du Colonel Moll, (, fax: +235-2522261), [1]. One of the most luxurious hotels in town. €200-€470 per night.  edit
  • Kempenski Hotel N'Djamena, Quartier Diguel Est, +235-22531253, [2]. From €245 per night.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]



  • Ca-flag.png Canada, Rue 5041, Porte 964, Quartier Moursal, +235 2253 4280, [3].  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States, Ave Felix Eboue; B.P. 413, +235 251-62-11 (fax: +235 251-56-54), [4].  edit

Get out[edit]

N'Djamena has the only international airport in Chad. Leaving the main city may be dangerous, as high levels of civil unrest are currently being experienced in the country. Travelling to the Tibesti Mountains is not safe, either, as this is a militarily sensitive zone. Stay safe and be cautions.

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