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Chad

The Abyss of Koubue

  • Where?

    Chad

  • Altitude

  • Duration

    24 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P3

  • Technical

    T2

  • P3 - This trip is physically tough. Frequent exercise is necessary to prepare properly for this expedition. Regular walking mixed with training at the gym to build up endurance and cardiovascular fitness is key. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra long day.

    Visit our Grading Information page for a full overview.

  • T2 - Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.

    Visit our Grading Information page for a full overview.

  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQs

Overview

An expedition built for those naturally seeking the unknown, this is a 360 first. Uncharted and remote, with next to no previous information*, flexibility and adaptability will be the core of your day-to-day experience. If you’re up for a real adventure then venture with us to Chad and the unexplored Ennedi Plateau.

This is an expedition like no other, a grandiose exploration of one of the last Saharan mysteries, a true exploratory adventure in one of the last unexplored places on earth.

Crossing the Ennedi Plateau on foot from south to north, our aim is to reach the Abyss of Koubue, a sacred place feared by the Toubou nomads. To get to the abyss, we’ll trek day after day through an extraordinary environment, where thousands of images have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters on this plateau.

*Due to the remote and uncharted nature of this trek, photographs documenting this region are few and far between.

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Date & Prices

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.
A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.
A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight UK-UK)

Start: 23 November 2023
End: 16 December 2023

Price without flights:  £7,795

Based on a minimum of 4

23 November 2023

16 December 2023

24 days

£7,795

N/A

Based on a minimum of 4

Please note that if 360 is booking your international flights, a supplement may be applicable to allow for changes

in transportation costs such as fuel.

Please note that if 360 is booking your international flights, a supplement may be applicable to allow for changes

in transportation costs such as fuel.

Included

  • Local guides and a 360 Leader when applicable
  • Hotels based on two people sharing
  • All camping
  • All transfers
  • All meals
  • Camels to carry your luggage (camping and food)
  • Camping equipment
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal equipment
  • Staff and guide gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc)
  • Visas
  • Unscheduled hotels or restaurant meals
  • Single supplement (price TBC – please see FAQs for further info)
  • Airport transfers when not booking on with flights
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets

 

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Depart UK

You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel in N’Djamena for a rest before the adventure starts!

DAY 2 - 5 : N'Djamena - Abeche - Kalaït - Archei

From the capital, you will take 4×4’s through the flood’s plains of Lake Chad until you reach Massaguet, then you’ll keep going, towards the east and Bitkine, in the Guera’ region. You’ll pass Bitkine and Sb Toyour villages, towered by a granite peak known as ‘vultures mountain’. You’ll stop here to admire the spectacular panorama. The region of the Guera’ has thousands of granite peaks; it is a Sahelian region full of interesting views and it is the ethnological home of bustling markets, a centre of commercial exchange for the local population.

You will keep going towards an immense savanna plain until Mongo, a village at the boarder of the Aboutelfane region; a traditional hunting territory, formed by a compact mix of peaks of which, Guedi’ is the most prominent. Guedi, at 1500 meters is the highest peak, cut by big inhabited valleys. You will skirt this system of peaks going through some of the more interesting villages in the area.

Aiming straight north you’ll arrive at the village of Oum Hadjer followed by Abeche’, famous for having been a bustling slave market. Passed Abeche the environment starts getting more desert and the people gradually change from sedentary farmers to seminomadic herders.

Passed Arada, an easy sand road will take you to Kalait from where you’ll continue northbound on the road to Fada. It is here you will start seeing the impressive Ennedi Massif. After around 100km, near a characteristic solitary peak called Ouaguif, you will leave the path and will enter the massif.

You will follow the big oued Archei until you reach the Guelta if Archei, a spectacular water source found in between rock faces where thousand of camels come to water. The voices of camels and men echo all over, an unforgettable spectacle.

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DAY 6 - 9 : The Gorge of Maya

Your journey continues following true north towards the Gorge of Maya.

At the small village of Oui you will meet your cameleers and their camels who will be your companions in this extraordinary landscape. It is here the ‘randonnee’ starts it’s slow caravan rhythm taking you to the Torohi spring and eventually, to the Gorge of Maya.

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DAY 10 - 13 : Following the oued Erdebchi

Making slow progress you will eventually get to the ‘gouffre’, following the oued Erdebchi until it drops in to the abyss.

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DAY 14 - 16 : The Abyss of Koubue

These days will be made up of a 3 completely self-supported trekking days. Making steady progress, the gorge of Koubue will show it’s grandeur and mysteries. Imagining this area during the wet season when copious amount of water thunder down the escarpment allows you to underatand where the legends and superstitions arise.

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DAY 17 - 19 : Through the sands of Mourdi

At the exit the gorge of Koubue you will find the camels waiting. The caravan will start the slow march through the sands of Mourdi to the well of Barkai. These are the last few days of randonnée, slowly bringing you back to reality.

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DAY 20 - 22 : Journeying back to N'Djamena

You’ll spend the next days travelling overland making your way back to N’Djamena. It will be a hard off-road drive.

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DAY 23 : N'Djamena

Spend a well earned day exploring N’Djamena, exploring the interesting local markets and religious buildings.

Or just resting if you desire!

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DAY 24 : Return to UK

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before packing up and heading off for your transfer to the airport, and your return flight home.

Today marks the end of our Chad adventure. It is always hard to return to reality after such an adventure, but the memories and friends made will last a lifetime.

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These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Kit bag

A 90 -120L duffel bag to transport kit.  A duffel bag is a strong, soft, weather resistant bag without wheels but with functional straps for carrying. Suitcases and wheeled bags are not suitable

Daysack

A small daysack approx. 30L+ capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

Waterproof rucksack cover

To protect rucksack from rain

Sleeping Gear

Sleeping Bag 3 season

You should get a sleeping bag rated to 0C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights.

Sleeping bag liner (sheet sleeping bag)

Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer and is lighter than cotton

 

Sleeping mat

A full length self-inflating rather than ¾ length Thermarest

Headwear

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Sunglasses

Worth spending money on good UV filters.  Julbo is our preferred supplier

Buff/Scarf

Essential for protection from the sun and dust

Upper Body

Base layer

This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. Wet or sweaty clothing makes you cold and saps your energy as your body compensates to dry it. For the desert consider loose fitting tops, with long sleeves. There won’t be an opportunity to wash them on the trek.

Mid layer

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

Hard Shell

These jackets (and trousers) are thin, highly waterproof and windproof and worn over all other items of clothing. They are your last line of defence against harsh weather. You’ll find these made of Gore-Tex or other proprietary waterproof yet breathable technology. Inexpensive hard shells that aren’t breathable will prevent evaporation, making you sweat intensely and are not recommended, particularly for the desert

Long sleeved T- shirt

Either wicking long-sleeved t-shirts or a trekking shirt will suffice – you want something lightweight to cover your skin from the sun.

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Shorts

Light and quick drying rather than heavy canvas

Underwear

How many pairs you take is entirely up to you!

Feet

Walking boots or approach shoes

2-3 season walking boots, waterproof are handy for if we walk through any streams, and we would suggest they have mid to high ankle support. Do make sure they’re well worn in!

Trekking socks

You can take a clean pair for each day, or fewer if you wish

Sandals

These are optional, but can be really comfy to walk in, and dry quickly if you wade through water. If you do bring, make sure they have a comfy ankle strap, with a good grip.

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

Water bottles (we would recommend 3L equivalent) or a Camelbak that fits into your daysack.

Water purification

We will be purfying water as we go on this trek

Toiletries

Wash kit

Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

Travel towel

Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Wet wipes

Preferably biodegradable, these are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Insect repellent

Toilet paper

Provided on the mountain but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock between camps

Nappy sacks or dog poo bags

To carry out your toilet paper as it doesn’t decompose quickly in the desert

Sunblock

Buy the highest SPF you can find as the sun is strong in the desert

Lip salve

Buy the highest SPF you can find as the sun is strong in the desert

Medications

Personal first aid kit

The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on expeditions, so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself including painkillers, plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use. Check out the FAQs on this for full recommendations!

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Miscellaneous

Head torch

We recommend Petzl head torches. Bring spare batteries. On your first night camping, we do sometimes arrives after dark, so it can be handy to have your torch accessible at the start of the trip.

Trekking poles

These do often tend to be a personal preference, but can really help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees.

Goggles

Low light lenses recommended as goggles most likely used in poor weather

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Solar Charger

These are useful to keep electricals charged – we recommend Power Traveller.

Snacks

1 to 2 snack bars per day

Sewing kit (optional)

Entertainment

Pack some paperback books, iPod, pack of cards etc as you will have down time at the camps

Documentation

Passport

Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity.  With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.

Money

We recommend you take around €150 (approximately CFA 140,000) which should be more than adequate for this expedition.

Travel insurance

Make sure you bring a copy of your own travel insurance details, along with relevant contact numbers.

We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip, to include, at a minimum, medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

FAQs

Guides

Who will be guiding us?

Our guides are the best in the business. They know the environment you will be trekking through intimately and hold the highest leadership and first aid qualifications to lead groups in remote places. Furthermore they have worked with the local crews for years and established a fantastic working relationship with them. Many speak several languages and they have operated many individual expeditions in the very environment in which you will be trekking to ensure that their enthusiasm never wanes.

We handpick our leaders for their extensive expedition experience, their leadership skills, and for their ability to relate to the local people with whom they work.

Additionally your main international guide will be Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2012, Luca Alfatti. For such an expedition however, you will also have a further international guide from the local support team and a main Toubue guide.

This is a cutting-edge expedition, with next to no previous information, hence flexibility and adaptability will be the core of your day-to-day experience.

Where do I meet my guides?

The 360 team will meet you at the airport. We will let you know where and when nearer the time of departure.

Food and Water

What is the food like on this trek?

You will be eating mainly foods that are easily transportable, like pasta and tinned foods. This is because all food will be purchased in N’Djamena and carried on the expedition with you. Food will be very nutritious, and you will never be hungry however, due to the nature of not being able to restock food supplies, it may become a little monotonous, especially towards the end.

Where does our drinking water come from?

Water will be carried with you however, it will also be collected from the natural pools found across the plateau. It will need filtering and purifying.

How often is fresh water available for replenishing during the day?

You will be trekking with camels for almost all the expedition and the camels will be carrying the water. This means you can refill whenever you need to.

Accommodation

Where will we be sleeping?

You sleep in a hotel in N’Djamena on the first and last night. Every other night will be spent sleeping out under the stars as the chance of rain is tiny. Tents will be carried in case they’re needed though and you’ll have the option of sleeping in one if you really want to.

What are the hygiene facilities in the desert?

There are no facilities in the desert.

You will be expected to go in nature and will bury your waste. We will either burn or take the toilet paper back out with us.

Washing will be wet wipe washes!

Will I meet the local people and spend time with them?

The Toubou (meaning ‘rock people’) are a Saharan ethnic group which has inhabited northern Chad, Southern Lybia, northeast Niger and Northwest Sudan for thousands of years. You will be interacting with part of the Dazagra branch, which cover the northern region of the Bourkou, Ennedi Plateau, Tibesti Mountains, and the Bahr el Gazel. Their history is fascinating, and you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with this fascinating ethnic group.

Can I book a single room?

We do have a single supplement available which is for hotel accommodation in N’Djamena.

During the trek you will have the option of either sleep in a single tent or under the stars.

Please see the inclusions and exclusions for full details on costs.

Health and Safety

What happens if there is a problem on the trek or if there is an emergency?

Accidents can happen and anyone undertaking these adventures has to accept there is a degree of risk due to the very nature of the challenge. All our guides are in communication with each other by satellite phone and radio. Our local crew are all experienced in dealing with any problem that will arise. Our guides are either doctors or qualified to the highest standard of wilderness first aid and can handle any emergency with the highest level of competency. We are in constant communication with it should more serious problems arise.

What vaccinations do I need for this trek?

We advise you to check with your GP surgery or a travel clinic on latest advice about vaccinations and to ensure you are up-to-date.

You advocate bringing a small first aid kit. What should it have in it?

We advocate a little bit of self-help on the trek! If you have a blister developing, for example, then please stop take off your boot and treat it before it becomes a problem.

Your own first aid kit should contain, at a minimum, a basic blister kit, plasters, antiseptic, sun protection, your own personal medication (sometimes your porter might get to camp after you and if he is carrying your medication you may not be able to take it according to the regime you are used to), basic pain relief (paracetamol / aspirin / ibuprofen), a personal course of antibiotics if prone to illness, anti-diarrhoea tablets if you do have a more sensitive stomach etc.

Generally the best approach to take when packing your first aid kit is to include such basic medications as if you would on a family or personal holiday.

Having said that, your 360 expedition leader and/or a member of the local crew does carry a very comprehensive first aid kit which contains a wide range of supplies, and they are fully trained to use whatever is needed for any emergency that may arise.

Kit

What equipment do I need for this trek?

A comprehensive kit list has been written for you. If you have any questions about any of the items on it, please do call the 360 office as we are happy to advise.

Do we need to take our own sleeping bags and mats?

Yes. It is best to bring a sleeping bag which should have a rating of 0 degrees, as it can get cold at night.

What clothing should I wear on this trek?

You will need to bring trousers, shorts, t-shirts, several pairs of socks, jackets and some good sun protection by way of a hat and sunglasses. Check out the kit list, or call us, for full info! For footwear, you’ll need a good pair of well worn in boots to trek in, and a pair of sandals or light trainers to pad around the camps. A lot of people also like to bring lightweight trekking sandals, perfect for combining the heat and walking through any water.

What clothing is suitable for when we come back from the trek?

When in Rome do as the Romans. Shorts and t-shirts are fine to wear during the course of the day. Evening wear generally tends to be casual: long trousers and casual shirt are fine for all hotels and restaurants.

Remember that this is a Muslim country and in religious areas, women should cover their shoulders and legs at the very least.

How much luggage can I bring?

Fortunately, camels will be the taking the strain for this trip! But remember that there is a 3 day stint which is completely self-supported, which means you need to carry everything yourself: 15kg is probably the limit. Any extra weight such as spare clothes etc. can be left with the camels who will meet you after your three days.

What advice do you have on travel bags?

Duffel bags are ideal for this sort of trip. Whatever bag you go for make sure it is robust and has a large capacity. It is far better having a large capacity bag with extra room (after all air doesn’t weigh much) than having a bag too small and finding problems packing your kit. Even having a 100 litre plus duffel bag is not too large.

What should I carry inside my daysack?

A daysack is worn at all times during the trek. The content of this is optional but should include: a fleece (if we take a break later in the day when it has cooled down or weather changes), lightweight waterproofs (primarily to act as wind protection), sufficient water for the day, snacks, camera equipment and personal medication, and we’d always recommend having your (head) torch to hand for any times you’re getting into camp after dark.

How much should my daysack weigh? What size is adequate?

Your day-to-day sack should weigh no more than 3 – 4 kg and a rucksack of around 40L capacity will more than suffice. This rucksack can be filled to the brim with extra stuff when checking in at the airport. It is important that this bag has an adjustable waist belt to transfer the weight of your daily load onto your hips and from here onto your legs so that your strongest muscles do most of the carrying.

Can I leave a bag somewhere for the end of the trek?

You can always leave things in the hotel in N’Djamena where it will be stored securely. Please do note the bags are left at your own risk and so we would advise not leaving any valuables.

Will I need to bring waterproofs?

It is very unlikely there will be any rain during the period you will be out in the Ennedi however, a waterproof could double down as a warm layer should it get fresh at night.

The Trek

Where is the Abyss of Koubue and what is it?

The Abyss of Koubue is a seasonal waterfall in the centre of a remote area in Northeast Chad, called Ennedi. The area is a natural and cultural reserve spanning over 50,000km2 where the landscape is characterised by cliffs, natural arches, mushroom rocks, giant labyrinths, and water catchments. The Ennedi plateau is considered a part of the group of mountains known as the Ennedi Massif of which 75% is yet to be explored!

The Ennedi gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016 thanks to the unique natural formations and rock art some of which dates to over 7000 years old and is testament to the historic role played by the local tribes and landscape.

Can you tell me more about the Toubou people?

Over 30,000 people inhabit or travel through the Ennedi Massif every year. Most of them are semi-nomadic groups of herders and their livelihood is tied to water availability and pastures.

The Toubou (meaning ‘rock people’) are a Saharan ethnic group which has inhabited northern Chad, Southern Lybia, northeast Niger and Northwest Sudan for thousands of years. Their society is clan based and they are divided into 2 closely related groups, the Teda and the Dazagara. They languages are part of the Tebu languages.

The ones you will be interacting with are part of the Dazagra branch, which cover the northern region of the Bourkou, Ennedi Plateau, Tibesti Mountains, and the Bahr el Gazel. Their history is fascinating, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with this fascinating ethnic group.

What is the history of this region?

The Abyss of Koubue was discovered by the botanist and explorer H. Gillet during the exploration of the region for his unique thesis in 1957. At the time the abyss was unknown even to the local people.

This is a very ancient region which was covered by the sea many million years ago. It was formed by erosion from wind and temperature. Many people occupied the area such hunters and gatherers (5000-4000 BC) and pastoralists (beginning 4000 BC).

Do they ever close the Ennedi?

Not that we know! The Ennedi Massif is arguably one of the most remote places on earth but despite this, there are local tribes scattered across the region.

What happens during a typical trekking day?

Trekking days can vary, depending on where we are within the Ennedi plateau and where the water holes are. This is an exploratory expedition, and especially after we find the abyss, we’re moving into uncharted territory. If a water hole is known to be far, the Toubou may decide to have a shorter day and let the camels drink and rest. As a rule of thumb, we will be up with the sun, eat and start walking. Typical walking day will be from 5 to 7 hours. Depending on the heat of the day, we may have long stops around lunch time, when the sun is at it’s hottest.

How long is the trek?

This is a 24 day expedition in which you will be trekking for approx. 10 days following pretty much true north across the centre of the Ennedi Massif.

Is there any additional support on the Abyss of Koubue trek?

This trek is a classic ‘Randonnée chamelier’ aka camel supported trek and the local Toubu tribes will provide their camels for support.

Once you reach the abyss you will need to leave the camels  who will descend a different route. You’ll take a more direct route and will be self-supporting yourself for approx. 3 days.

On the 3 unsupported trekking days, must I carry all my own kit?

Yes, this includes everything you need for 3 days, food, water, clothing, sleeping equipment etc.

How out of my comfort zone will I be?

This is a true expedition and you will be very out of your comfort zone. Just getting to the Ennedi on the 4x4s will be an expedition in it’s own right. You will spend 21 days out in the elements. Temperatures will be in the mid to high 30s every day and can potentially drop to 4-5 degrees at night. Your route will be dictated by where the water holes are located and camels will be your lifeline; so the cadence and pace of the expedition will be dictated by their needs.

Travel

Do I need to book my own flights to Chad?

Unless you’ve requested otherwise, 360 Expeditions will be booking flights on your behalf. We provide confirmation of flight times and departure terminal approximately eight weeks before your departure date. Please be aware that flight schedules are subject to change. Please ensure that you have checked flight details before setting out for your flight.

Insurance

Do I need special travel insurance for the trek?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip which should include, at a minimum, medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Entry into Country

My passport runs out 3 months after the trek, is this going to be OK?

No. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after the date you arrive into Chad. If it runs out before you may be refused entry. It is also advisable to have a couple of photocopies of your passport in case of loss.

Do I need a visa for Chad?

British nationals do need a visa to visit Chad which costs around 70 euros. We’ll send you more information on this closer to your date of departure.

Training

How can I best train and prepare?

Personal fitness is important for this trek, and we have included a training programme which should see you at peak fitness! If you are struggling from day one then you will not enjoy the rest of the trip.

You will be trekking around 10km to 20km a day, in sometimes very hot conditions.

Physical preparation does not have to be Herculean: concentrate on cardio-vascular exercise during the week by taking short runs when time allows and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long walks (a decent six hours or 12 miles) carrying a rucksack of around 5kg in a reasonably hilly environment.

Not sure what 5kg is? Put 5 one litre bottles of water into your bag!

This kind of regime will not only prepare your body for carrying minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on the trek itself. In addition it will help you break in your boots and get used to your equipment.

Finance

How much spending money do we need?

The amount of money you will need depends on how many items you wish to buy or how much you plan to drink when you stay in hotels. As a basic rule of thumb €100-€150 (approximately CFA 140,000) should be more than adequate for this expedition. Chad is mainly a cash economy.

Central African Franc should be purchased in the UK before travelling as ATMs are rare. You may want to take more money than you think you’ll need. You can always change back any excess money on your return.

How much do we tip our local crew?

Our local crew work extremely hard to assure that your expedition runs well. While tipping is not compulsory, it is and always has been very much part of the culture.

We’re busy finding out about the culture and how much tipping we’d recommend and will inform you as soon as we know.

Tipping the 360 expedition leader is entirely at your own discretion.

What currency is used in Chad?

The currency in Chad is the Central African Franc (CFA).

Chad is predominantly a cash economy and the only place you’ll be able to use a credit card it’s in N’Djamena. There are limited ATM machines.

We’d recommend exchanging money before you arrive in country, Euros can be exchanged at a few banks and hotels in the capital city, but the process is expensive, time consuming and unreliable.

Electronics

Do we need a travel adapter for the plug sockets in the hotel or are they the same as the UK?

European two-pin plugs with round or flat pins are standard in Chad.

How do I avoid getting sand in my camera and phone in the desert?

You’re in the desert, there is dust and sand all around, even in the air, and the last thing you want is for your camera to pack up half way through the trek so you need to take care of it. For things that will stay in your kit bag most of the time like (hopefully) your mobile phone, hermetically sealing food bags or stuff sacs will be fine for the duration of the trek and are cheap to buy. For kit that will come out more often, like a camera, consider small roll-top waterproof bags from OverBoard (English) or Ortlieb (German). If you go the whole hog and think about buying a Peli Case or similar, remember these are quite expensive as well as quite heavy and cumbersome depending upon the size, although despite all that they’re very good.

Prevention is better than cure in many cases: take a soft, small cleaning brush or air blaster to dust off your camera at the end of each day, or should you accidentally drop it in the sand. Remember to take great care when wiping or dusting the lens – blow surface dust off first before polishing it otherwise you’ll end up scratching the lens. If you’re using an SLR, try to avoid changing lenses out in the open, wait until you get out of airborne dust and sand, and keep the lens cap on whenever you’re not using it.

General

Will my valuables be safe?

While we will do everything we can to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. As with travel in any foreign country, you need to look after yourself and your possessions and be aware of your surroundings, and this is no different.

Is there mobile reception in the desert?

There will be large areas of desert where we’re completely out of signal.

For some reassurance, our leader acarries a satellite phone in the event of an emergency.

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