Ounianga and Ennedi. The Eden of the Sahara


Tucked away in the heart of the Sahara, in the land of tubus, lies the most spectacular area of the desert. It is difficult to get there, you have to cross a vast sea of dunes, the Djourab's big ergbut the rewards are enormous: forests of stone spires towering over the dunes, enormous gueltas that lead into deep canyons, labyrinths of eroded rock, colourful lagoons, acacia forests, nomadic camps of tubus, tedas, dazas and zagawa.

Getting lost in the Oyo labyrinthto enter the majestic Guelta d'Archeiwhere the last crocodiles of the desert live, cool off in the Ounianga Lakes, World Heritage for its great beauty thanks to the variety of shapes, sizes and colours, or camping among the Wadi Aroué duneswill make this trip unique.

From Ndjamena We will fly over the great Erg of Djourab, in an unrepeatable flight that will take us up to Faya Largeauthe capital of the Chadian Sahara; a miracle of nature in the heart of the Sahara. Borkou desertWhat better experience than camping among the dunes and, after the Maghreb, the sunset prayer, playing with the camel drivers at the Fos and sitting by the fire to have dinner and talk about life or old djinns' stories? After leaving the Ounianga Lakes and cross the Mourdi depression and the Bir Kora tank cemetery (ghostly memories of Libya's defeat), you reach Fada, the heart of the Ennedi massif, home to the tribes bideyat, zagawa and mourdias. During the journey, we will pass through caves with abundant rock art, large canyons, gullies such as the Archei and numerous unusual sandstone rock formations that rise out of the desert like gigantic sculptures, such as the Aloba loops, the Bishekele arch and the Materela mountain range.

The entire landscape of the Ennedi is spectacular but, above all, we will keep an indelible memory of the multi-coloured Ounianga Lakes and of the fantastic adventure conquered.

Day 1: Arrival in N'djamena (MP)

Day 2: N'djamena - Faya Largeau (PC)

Day 3: Faya - Ounianga Lakes - Ounianga Serir - Ounianga Kebir (PC)

Day 4: Faya - Ounianga Lakes - Ounianga Serir - Ounianga Kebir (PC)

Day 5: Mourdi depression - Fada (PC)

Day 6: Mourdi depression - Fada (PC)

Day 7: Ennedi Massif (PC)

Day 8: Ennedi Massif (PC)

Day 9: Ennedi Massif (PC)

Day 10: Kalait - Abéché (PC)

Day 11: Abéché Area (PC)

Day 12: Abéché Area (PC)

Day 13: Arrival in N'djamena (AD)

Day 14: Airport transfer


Itineraries and lodges are subject to change depending on conditions and occupancy. In case of a change of accommodation, it will be of similar quality.


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Duration of the trip: 14 days


3,950 per person Group of 4 persons
Airfares vary depending on the season and how far in advance they are purchased. Desertando helps you to find the best flights for this trip and we take care of their management if you request it.

Subject to Desertando® general terms and conditions


INCLUDES: transport in 4×4 + 4×4 for catering. Transfers airport Ndjamena. Expenses for fuel, permits, etc. Police registration fees in transit towns. Government permits to travel to Chad. Invitation letter required for visa application. Spanish guide. Full board during the route. Fees camping equipment. Tents and camping utensils (chairs, tables, plates, etc.). 2 nights in a hostel in Ndjamena Accommodation and breakfast. Dinner at a restaurant in Ndjamena on the day of arrival (without drinks). Entrance fees for scheduled visits. Treated water for human consumption during the route. Assistance insurance.


NOT INCLUDED: international and domestic flights, visas and formalities, mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, tips, any other service not mentioned in the INCLUDED section.



  • Visa required (we can help you with this).
  • Bring a sleeping bag and mattress.
  • Hot weather. Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Typhoid and tetanus vaccination is recommended.

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