City Guide, N’djamena
Chad is a landlocked country in central Africa. The country is bordered by Libya
to the north, the Central African Republic to the south, Sudan to the east, Cameroon
and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west. Chad experiences a hot, tropical
climate. Temperatures vary in different areas. In the southern part rainy season
lasts from May to October. In the central region rains lasts from June to September.
The north has little rain all year. The dry season is often windy and cooler during
The chief tourist attractions in N' Djamena are the colonial buildings belonging
to the era of French occupation. Also there are certain government buildings that
stand out among the typical sahel-style huts that dot the city. There is a specific
African feel to the N'Djamena city as the people have retained their traditional
customs and faith. Most of the people being Muslims, it is advisable for travelers
to abide by the Islamic courtesies. The Central Market area in N' Djamena is the
place to look out for all sorts of necessities, from vegetables and poultries to
books and clothes.
Culture and entertainment
One can visit the Chad National Museum and the Chad Cultural Center. Both the
places will help you in gaining some knowledge about its cultural heritage. There
are mainly 6 national holidays that are observed throughout the year in Chad.
Among the Chad Holidays, there comes the Christian holiday of Easter Monday and
the Muslim holidays of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, and Eid Milad Nnabi. There are
some other instruments and their combinations that are more linked to specific ethic
groups like, the Sara who prefer whistles, balafones, harps and kodjo drums and
the Kanembu combine the sounds of drums with those of flute-like instruments.
Food and drink
Traditional cuisine in N’djamena is a mixture between local dishes and
French and Arab cuisine. Among the main ingredients is the millet, sorghum, rice,
different types of fish especially perch, eel and carp, meats like the mutton and
chicken, vegetables like the locally found okra and cassava leafs and many spices.
Desserts usually have as ingredients local fruits like the bananas, mangos, raisins,
guavas, nuts and more. Local beverages are alcoholic like the beer and wine or nonalcoholic
like the juices obtained from different fruits or vegetables combined with sugar
and are much appreciated by the city’s inhabitants. The Hotels in Ndjamena
are situated at convenient points of the city and is in close proximity to all the
The city has yet to develop a modern, Western style shopping experience so the
best shopping can be found at the various markets scattered around the city. Also,
being a predominantly Islamic country, there is little to no nightlife.
N'Djamena City Map