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About N'Djamena

N’Djamena is a river port city and the capital of Chad. Populated by just over 1 million people, it is the largest city in the country and located directly opposite and connected by bridge to Kousséri, a popular town in Cameroon. N’Djamena is famed for its beautiful sunsets across the Chari River and the National Museum of Chad.

Cheap flights to N’Djamena are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore the beautiful Islamic culture and intriguing history of this unique city! N’Djamena is home to the N'Djamena International Airport (NDJ) which is a 5-minute drive from the city centre. NDJ mainly serves EgyptAir and Ethiopian Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to N’Djamena, but affordable, connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to N’Djamena is approximately 12 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit N'Djamena

ndjamena local man gerewol festival

Unique Culture

A visit to N’Djamena presents the rare opportunity to witness lavishly-dressed young men from every rural tribe in Chad compete for their women’s affection during the colourful Gerewol Festival.

ndjamena west african crocodile

Nature and Wildlife

Explore the Guelta d'Archei, a renowned oasis with thriving wildlife in the middle of the Sahara Desert, located just a few hundred kilometres out of the city.

ndjamena local market

Local Markets

Discover N’Djamena’s culture and mix with the friendly locals at the multitude of markets in the city. Buying a meal, produce or traditional art will greatly contribute to Chad’s developing economy.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Chad
Currency Franc (XAF)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 46.29 XAF
Language French, Arabic
Hub Airport N'Djamena International Airport (NDJ)
Airline Toumaï Air Chad
Time Zone GMT +01:00
Travel Adaptor Type D, E and F

Best time to visit N'Djamena

The best time to visit N’Djamena is between the dry months of March and October. This is the peak travel season in N’Djamena and despite the high temperatures, sightseeing in the city and visiting the Chari River are still pleasant activities. Between June and September, N’Djamena receives its annual rainfall and thunderstorms as off-season travel begins. The city usually quietens down and this will be a perfect opportunity to book cheaper flights and pay lower prices for accommodation.

Weather & Climate in N'Djamena

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 14°C 17°C 21°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 17°C 14°C
High (°C) 32°C 36°C 39°C 41°C 40°C 37°C 33°C 31°C 33°C 37°C 36°C 34°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 8 25 46 137 168 80 17 0 0

Overview

N’Djamena is a river port city and the capital of Chad. It is famous for being the largest city in Chad and the centre of the country’s economic activity. N’Djamena is the main producer of livestock, salt, dates, grains, meat, fish and cotton. Stroll through the local markets and enjoy getting to know the local culture and way of life.

The city is also notable for being located directly opposite Kousséri, a popular town in Cameroon, connected to N’Djamena by bridge. Make time to admire the beautiful sunsets across the magnificent Chari River or visit the National Museum of Chad. Established in 1962, the museum is home to an incredible collection of musical instruments and artefacts from the region’s ancient cultures.

While in N’Djamena, consider a four-day journey to the famous Guelta d'Archei located in north-eastern Chad. This low-lying canal is a rare gem in the desert that is filled with water and inhabited by several species of animal, including the majestic Nile crocodile.

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Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter Chad. Ensure your South African passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps. The Chadian Embassy in South Africa can be found at 157 Banket Street, on the corner of Dely Road and Club Avenue in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

Tel: 012 346 6054

E-mail: chadembassy@telkomsa.net

Health & Safety

Make sure your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel. It is strongly recommended that you get shots for Hepatitis A, B and E, cholera, typhoid, poliomyelitis measles and meningitis before you leave.

Malaria is a risk in Chad and you are recommended to protect yourself from mosquito bites with mosquito nets, repellents etc. and to take malaria medication before, during and after your trip. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is compulsory for entrance and return to South Africa.

It is important to practice normal safety precautions when in N’Djamena, like keeping your valuables and important documentation safe and watching out for petty crimes like bag-snatching or pick-pocketing. N’Djamena is a conservative Islamic nation, so avoid consuming alcohol while there.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg N'Djamena
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 108.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 45.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 45.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 5.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 33.00
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