ABOUT Chad is a developing country in north central Africa with one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world. Chad faces challenges in the areas of political stability and economic development. Years of war, drought, and lack of economic growth have severely damaged the country's institutions and its infrastructure. Facilities for tourism are limited. The capital is N'Djamena. French and Arabic are the primary languages. Zakouma National Park is Located on an immense plain, across which the Bahr Salamat and its tributaries flow from north to south. The government and the EU have restocked and refurbished the park since it was ravaged by civil war and poachers. Visitors can now see huge flocks of elephants, giraffes and lions. Lake Chad must be seen, not only because it was once the centre of Africa's lucrative salt trade and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, but also because you may be running out of time to see it. Lake Chad is shrinking. The lake is at its best during the August to December period, when the water level is highest and the occasional hippo or crocodile can be seen drifting by.

CLIMATE The weather in Chad varies from one region to the other. In the northern regions of Chad, climate is usually very warm and dry. The other regions are mostly wet regions where humidity is very high. In the southern portions of Chad rainy season starts from the month of May and continues till the month of October. The rainy season begins in June and ends in the month of September in the central Chad region.

BEWARE We advise against all travel to the following parts of Chad: within 30km of all border areas with the Central African Republic, Niger, Nigeria and Libya. We also advise against all travel to the regions of Tibesti, Borkou, Ennedi, Wadi Fira, Ouaddai and Sila, except the town of Faya Largeau in the region of Borkou where we advise against all but essential travel. 30km north of Faya Largeau, and all travel east of Abeche, along the border with Sudan. If you decide to travel to Chad, you should exercise caution, seek local advice regularly and, where possible, check IS IT SAFE advice regularly.