Kempinski Hotel N'Djamena
Travel Blogs from N'Djamena
Next step in the Round the World tour sees us depart Lagos, *****ia...largest city in Africa! A very gloomy, humid day, saw another 737 arrive from Windhoek as we were preparing for the 700 odd nm flight North East to Chad.
We took off, very turbulent until about 19000ft, by the time we reached top of climb most of the weather was behind us and we had clear skies and zero winds just about all the way to Chad.
... California where I grew up, which means that when it's windy, visibility is virtually nil. People treat the habitual sandstorms like most people do rain, in that all business stops & everyone retreats into whatever shelter is around until it's over.
Chad is an Arabic nation, & therefore strictly Muslim (unlike the loose Muslim cultures I've been used to from the coastal countries). All women are required to wear head wraps at all times, ...
Crossing the Chari river on the border bridge on foot, after making friends with the Cameroon immigration police, I arrive at the Chadian border post, and here it is African bureaucrazy at its best, stamps, registration with the security department, and 2000 CFA, around 3 euros, under the table money! N'djamena is not really prepared for backpackers, and to find a reasonably priced accomodation is really time consuming, since most of the foreigners here are ...
... disturb our sleep..!In the morning, I realize that the landscape has completely changed, its now the savannah type,more dry.At kilometer 843 (out of 900, the journey takes 17 hours!) we have a technical problem, and the train has to stop for a while, time to visit a local village that hardly gets to see western tourists, unless the train has this kind of problems, of course, and that happens quite frequently, but maybe not always at KM ...
... troops entered N'djamena and engaged in combat with government troops near the parliament and the presidential palace. The shots from heavy artillery (which made the doors shake) could be heard from our guesthouse where we have had 4 international staff there for the past two days. It is not clear who controls the town, but Rebels seem to have the upper hand. Rebel tanks have been seen patroling the city. The RC and the team in Abeche maintain ...
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