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When people consider an African holiday, the landlocked nation of Chad is not usually at the top of their list. Still, adventurous visitors who take precautions will find plenty of tourist attractions in Chad. Check government travel warnings from your home country before you go!

Officially known as the Republic of Chad, this landlocked country in Central Africa borders on Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria. Chad is often called “The Dead Heart of Africa” due to its desert-like landscape and distance from the ocean. It is also the melting pot of Africa, with over 100 different languages being spoken.

By the end of the 1st millennium BC, a series of states and empires had risen and fallen in Chad's Sahelian strip, each focused on controlling the trans-Saharan trade routes. France conquered the territory by 1920 and incorporated it as part of French Equatorial Africa. Chad obtained independence in 1960. This is one of the poorest, most violent and corrupt countries in the world, with most inhabitants living in abject poverty.


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Abeche market

Chad camp woman

Chad near Airport

Chad scene

Chari River beach