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Sunset on the Chari river in N'Djamena.

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 center stage of many heated rebellions and revolts, and in February 2008 was entered by rebel troops.

Get in

The only flight from a non-African city is from Paris (by Air France). Destinations in Africa include Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Tripoli and Khartoum. 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


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, (On Avenue Felix Eboue, near Place de l'Independence). The national museum of Chad, containing many artifacts from it's history. Some pieces are lost due to looting during the last civil war. (latitude,)


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.




Chad is a predominantly Islamic country, so do not expect alcohol to be as widely accepted as in other countries.


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

Stay Safe



  • Us-flag.png United States, Avenue Felix Eboue; B.P. 413, (235) 251-62-11 (fax: (235) 251-56-54), [3].
  • Ca-flag.png Consulate of Canada, Rue 5041, Porte 964, Quartier Moursal, N'Djamena, Chad, 235 2253 4280, [4].

Get out

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. As in all third world countries, stay safe and have caution in your actions.

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