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Chad’s Ennedi: A Celebration of Sandstone


Rock Art and Formations of the Ennedi Massif

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Chad’s Ennedi: A Celebration of Sandstone


Group Travel | 13 Days
  • Journey into Chad’s otherworldly geology
  • Sandstone formations rivaling those of the US Southwest’s, but without the crowds
  • Sensational prehistoric rock art: Ennedi is an open-air gallery
  • Interactions with Sahara Desert nomads
  • Guelta d’Archeï, where hundreds of camels come to drink below towering cliffs

Deep in the Sahara Desert, stone pinnacles and cathedral-like rock formations cast their shadows, while hidden gueltas draw crocodiles and camels to quench their thirst. Not only is Chad’s UNESCO-acclaimed Ennedi Massif a feast of jaw-dropping sandstone, it has been home to desert nomads for more than 10,000 years. Past generations have left stellar rock paintings along the cliffs and canyons, and current inhabitants may be seen herding camels and goats across the sand. We join expert Sahara guides to explore this awe-inspiring, little-known corner of the world, traversing sandy expanses by four-wheel-drive vehicle and overnighting in comfortable camps with unparalleled views of the night sky.

Trip Overview


Day
1 – 3

After spending a day in N’Djamena, we fly to the Ennedi Massif, and delve into four-by-four explorations of the Sahara, reveling in sandstone formations and the rock art of Terkei.

Day
4 – 6

The sensational Guelta d'Archeï invites camels to drink below vertical rock walls, while we look on We cross oases and dune-dotted valleys, encountering pinnacles, petroglyphs, stone labyrinths, awe-inspiring arches, and friendly nomads.

Day
7 – 11

Our mobile camp travels with us as we spend these next five days on the move  We follow an ancient caravan route along red-rock cliffs and ochre-hued sands, stopping in at tiny villages and palm groves where local red salt and dates are harvested  Visit the UNESCO Ounianga oases, with one of the most amazing views in the Sahara  Relax around the fire, savoring night skies exploding with stars.

Day
12 – 13

A charter flight whisks us back to N’Djamena, where we overnight before departing for home.

Note

In 2021, our Ennedi adventure will be slightly shorter at 9 days. Please call for details.

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Meet Your Guides

Kingsley Holgate & Brad Hansen

Kingsley (pictured) is an adventurer, author, television personality, philanthropist, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and globally respected expert on remote African tribes. Brad has a decade-long career in guiding and tracking that has taken him from his native South Africa across the continent.

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Dates & Prices


Dates

02/07/20 – 02/19/20   (13 days) – Limited space; please call

03/02/21 – 03/10/21   (9 days)

Pricing

Trips are limited to 8 travelers

 

2020 Group Trip (13 days): From $19,880 per person

 

2021 Group Trip (9 days): Please check back for pricing

Inclusions

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, game drives, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • All park and conservation fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of GeoEx trip leader, guides, drivers, and camp staff
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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