capital and largest city of Chad
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N'Djamena (pron. en-jah-may-nah) is the capital of Chad. It is by far the country's largest city, with a population of 1 million people. It lies directly on the border of Cameroon, and is on the confluence of the Chari and Logone rivers. The city has been at the centre of many heated rebellions and revolts, and in February 2008 was entered by rebel troops.

N'Djamena street
People on horseback in Fort Lamy, Chad

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There are limited flights from non-African cities such as Paris (by Air France) and Istanbul. Destinations in Africa include Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Tripoli, Cairo, Cotonou, Bangui, Lagos, Casablanca via Niamey and Khartoum. Historically, the main entry to the city was by boat up the Chari and Logone rivers, but today this is rarely done. The city has no railway links.

The rudimentary 1 N'Djamena International Airport is located slightly north of city centre.

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During the day, taxis charge 3,000 CFA. At night, taxi fares increase to 5,000 CFA. Agree on the price before you step in the car. Pay when you reach the your destination. It's your responsibility to have exact change.

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Fares range from 250 CFA to 1,000 CFA, depending on the distance. Do negotiate. Only take moto-taxis that are from official taxi stations, usually on the corners of major intersections.

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Bridge in Chad

As a Muslim city, there are many mosques to see in the city, as well as a cathedral and the presidential palace. And do not forget the views across the river. Sunset can be quite spectacular.

  • 1 Chad National Museum. The national museum of Chad, containing many artifacts from its history. Some pieces are lost due to looting during the last civil war.    
  • 2 N'Djamena Grand Mosque (Grande Mosquée de N'Djamena). The main mosque of N'Djamena.    

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Go shopping in the local markets, even if only for an afternoon snack, that are scattered throughout the city. This lets you experience the everyday life and culture of Chad, and also helps contributes to the country's poor economy.

  • Avenue Charles de Gaulle. With many colonial houses and embassies, this road is a reminder of the French colonial days.

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N'Djamena was ranked as the 80th most expensive city in the world for expatriates according to Mercer's Cost of Living Ranking for 2022. [1]

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Chad is a predominantly Islamic country, so do not expect alcohol to be as widely accepted as in some other countries.

  • 1 Antique Cafe Snack, Rue 3015, +235 66 52 02 49. Mmmm, milkshakes! Other cold and hot beverages plus food.
  • 2 Hybah Coffee House, Boulevard du President N'Garta Tombalbaye, +235 66 72 99 79. Coffee House that also has typical cafe food.

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The following medical facilities have a decent reputation:

  • L'Hôpital Général de Référence National de N'djaména
  • L'Hôpital de la Liberté (Hopital Chinois)
  • L'Hôpital de Walia
  • Clinique Sao
  • Clinique Providence
  • Clinique la Rose
  • Cabinet La Samaritaine
  • Cabinet Médical Espoir
  • Cabinet Médical Artine
  • Cabinet Dentaire Arbre de Vie
  • Cabinet Dentaire Acropolis

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Gaoui is a pretty village lying 10 km north east of N'Djamena. It is said to have been the capital of the Sao civilisation and is now known for its traditional architecture and pottery manufacture. It is also home to a museum.

N'Djamena has the only international airport in Chad. Leaving the main city may be dangerous, as high levels of civil unrest are being experienced in the country. Travelling to the Tibesti Mountains is not safe, either, as this is a militarily sensitive zone. As in all third world countries, stay safe and have caution in your actions.

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