Advantages edge-of-world adventure
Disadvantages it's a third world country
Well my reviews are nothing if not eclectic: biscuits, a music album, body scrub and now a whole darn country.
When Michael Palin did his 'Sahara' trip I was most disappointed that he didn't visit Chad. It's the fifth largest country in Africa and yet, until the desperate Darfur refugees came across the border from the troubles in southern Sudan, I doubt most people would have been able to place it - I know I couldn't till I went there. I stayed there 8 months working for a development agency and I'd say I'm glad I did it but I'm even more glad it's done! Still, since it's so unknown I thought I'd share a bit of information. It's impossible to sum up the whole country in this review, but I'll try and give you the basics to either whet your appetite or put you off entirely!
The weather is relentlessly monotonous: it's hot, damn hot. Which would be manageable if it was a couple of months in summer, but it's all year - in 'winter' the daytime high gets down to a brisk 32C, while in summer it can reach 44C. Couple that with the lack of air conditioning/fans and temperamental water supply and it's fun fun fun. To be fair, it is pretty dry most of the year (not too many mosquitoes). However, towards the start of what they laughingly call rainy season (at least, it's laughable from N'Djamena north, where you get about 10 showers) the heat and humidity build until you could fry eggs on your forehead, then it rains, which is bliss, then it starts its inevitable build-up again.
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