Fly To N’Djamena, Chad
A port city located where the Chari River meets the Logone River, N’Djamena is the capital of the central African country Chad and is also its centre of financial activity. It was founded by the French in the 1900s and was originally named Fort-Lamy.
The city, divided into 10 administrative departments, has always been at the core of various revolutions, and as recently as 2008 it was subjugated by rebel troops. Located on the south-western border of Chad, N’Djamena is the centre of the meat processing industry. Other prominent industries in N’Djamena include livestock, grains and salt.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to N’Djamena do require a Visa for Chad. Check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African High Commission located in N’Djamena. Address: Quartier Mardjan Daffac, 1124 Rue 3035, Avenue Gaourang, B. P. 1234. N’djamena, Chad. Phone: +235-2252-4006 / +235-2252-2209.
See and do
Located just south of the mosque in N’Djamena, the Grand Market is in the heart of the city and offers a glimpse into the Chadian way of life. Here you can buy just about anything including a juicy mango or authentic Chadian clothing. Everyone in the city knows where it is so you won’t battle finding it. Ensure you get the right price by bargaining with merchants politely.
For souvenir shopping, head to Avenue du President Tombalbaye where you’ll find African carvings, masks and knives.
The Central Mosque dominates N’Djamena’s skyline – it is enormous! Islam is an important part of Chadian culture, and this elaborate centre of worship attests to this. The mosque is directly opposite the Grand Market.
Ali Baba is one of the best restaurants in N’Djamena serving up Lebanese fare. Try the kabob and French fries.
Avenue Charles de Gaulle is where you’ll find Nation Square and a variety of restaurants and cafés.
Another interesting place to visit in N’Djamena is the National museum. The exhibits display relics from Chadian history and anthropology.
N’Djamena International Airport – NDJ
N'Djamena has the only international airport in Chad serving flights to/from Abidjan, Brazzaville, Douala, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Casablanca, Khartoum, as well as Dubai, Paris and Istanbul – the only non-African cities.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hub: N’Djamena International Airport (code NDJ) is a hub for Toumaï Air Tchad.