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At just over three times the size of California, Chad is sometimes referred to as the 'Dead Heart of Africa', being landlocked with a largely desert climate. The landscape falls into three main areas; the savannah zone of the south, the arid Sahelian belt in the middle and the desert north where Chad reaches its highest point of 11,204ft at Emi Koussi, an extinct volcanic peak in the Tibesti Mountains (left). Chad ImagesLocated south of Libya, Chad stretches south to its southernmost point by 1118 miles. The country shares borders with the Central African Republic, Sudan, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon with the last three countries also bordering Lake Chad, though the bulk of the lake is in Chad itself.

Whilst suffering from many man made dangers with conflict ridden areas particularly in the Islamic leaning north, Chad also suffers from natural hazards including hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds, again in the north and regular droughts along with locust invasions.

Chad TopographyAlthough semi-arid Chad has a number of rivers the longest of which is the Chari River (above, right) which flows for 589 miles from the Central Africa Republic through Chad into Lake Chad for which it provides 90% of its water supply. The Charin is joined by the Logone River near N'Djamena.

Places of interest to visit in Chad include the city of Abéché with its old markets, cobbled streets and mosques. For the more adventurous the Tibesti Mountains, home of the Toubou tribe, are well worth a visit for their spectacular chasms and crags as is the recently refurbished Zakouma National Park where a wide range of wildlife can be seen from elephants to lions.

Those interested in history should pay a visit to the National Museum in N'Djamena itself with its antique collections including one from the 9th Century Sarh culture. More modern history is also be witnessed with many bullet holes still evident in many of the capital's buildings!

If visiting the capital its best to remember that the city is very much one of two cultures of the Arabic north and the more western orientated south with its thriving bars and live music.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chad Images

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This video shows pictures and images of Chad set against a backdrop of Chad music. It provides a remarkable insight into the heart of the country.

 
 


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