Big expedition with Mzungu to Sahara: Ennedi Plateau and Mbororo Guerewol festival

CHAD


November 12 - 26, 2022
Tour to
Sahara desert

тур в Дагестан путешествия по России Кавказ восхождение Пабаку Бабаку конное восхождение Кубачи Бурши тур Юждаг Куруш Ерыдаг восхождение Шалбуздаг Базардюзю Ахты Зрых Шиназ Уна Ухул Верхние Филя

Endless desert of Sahara and vast plains of Sahel, giant natural arches and crazy work of unknown artist on Ennedi plateau, transhumance of nomads and Guerewol-like festival at Mbororo tribe.

Our expedition by 4WD jeeps will go deep to the north of mysterious Chad in search of traditional cultures and one of the world's most breathtaking landscapes

Мы заберёмся высоко в горы в аул Бурши и перенесёмся лет на 40 в прошлое. Пройдем на лошадях по красивейшей долине реки Арцалинех и достигнем пирамиды Пабаку. Откроем спрятанные высоко в горах Юждага аулы-призраки, стоя на краю которых захватывает дух! Заберёмся на крайний юг России, достигнем самого высокогорного поселения Европы – Куруш, расположенного в окружении высочайших вершин, и отправимся в путешествие по марсианскому плато Ерыдага.
Забудьте всё, что вы знали о Дагестане! Это настоящее путешествие во времени!
Мы путешествуем в замечательной компании первого и единственного дагестанского восходителя на Эверест Рашида Гаджиясулова!

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: November 12 – 26, 2022

Duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12

Cost per person
:
- EUR 3 050 subject to 11 — 12 participants, or
- EUR 3 150 subject to 9 — 10 participants or
- EUR 3 290 subject to 7 — 8 participants, based on double accommodation.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before June 12, 2022)



Everything is included, except for:
  • international flight to Ndjamena roundtrip
  • Chad visa (to be obtained in Chad embassy in your country at some 150 USD)
  • international medical insurance
  • two dinners in Ndjamena.

Estimated cost of international flight Moscow – Ndjamena – Moscow: EUR 800 – 1100 (to be bought on your own. We consult you).

Single supplement: EUR 350





TRAVEL PROGRAM:
TOUR KAZAKHSTAN

Day 1. November 12, 2022. Arrival in Ndjamena
Arrival by air in Ndjamena late in the evening. Transfer to Ibis hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
* Recommended flight:
- with Turkish Airlines, arrives in Ndjamena on November 13 at 3:25 am with flight TK-590 from Istanbul,
- any other flight with arrival in Ndjamena any time on November 12 or in the night from November 12 to 13.

Meals: no
Accommodation: Ibis hotel 3*, shower

Day 2. November 13, 2022. Ndjamena – Bokoro (300 km)
After breakfast and Police formalities, departure around 9:30 am by 4WD SUVs in the north direction via Massaguet to reach the area of Bokoro. For next 13 days we will cover the distance of 2600 km, on some days driving 5 to 6 hours. Passage of the area of the Arab and Boulala nomads. Meeting with some nomads in transhumance. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Day 3. November 14, 2022. Bokoro – Mongo (Guerra plateau) – M'bororo camp (400 km)
This part of the crossing of the Guerra plateau with its rich granite mountains, with its men and women who perched on donkeys or carts are rushing to the daily with multitudes of activities. Once animist, the inhabitants of this area, the Hadjarai, have kept the tradition of various sacrifices for a part of this population that has remained on the plateau. Highlights of the day are Aboutelfan and the sacred rock. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tents

Day 4. November 15, 2022. M'bororo camp
We will travel the plain of Guerra to reach the camps which is a fallback point for nomads after the rainy season. We take the opportunity to set up our camp, paying particular attention to the customs and traditions of the Mbororo world called the "cow people". We are not the real season of Guerewool but the custom of dances and songs makes the life of this people. We will attend ceremonies of welcome and hospitality (Guerewol-like fest). Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tents

Day 5. November 16, 2022. M'bororo camp
Meetings and exchanges with the young people, songs and traditional dances. Today we will play football with Mbororo in full dress. Visits of the site and surroundings to close our stay with a common dinner.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Days 6 – 7. November 17 – 18, 2022. M'bororo camp – Abeché – Ouaddaï – Biltine – Arada
We leave the Guerra via Mongo, to head towards Abeché.
We are now in the region of Ouaddaï, an ancient kingdom once recognized with the commercial link to the present Sudan. Its colorful market is much influenced by Sudanese traditions. Our refueling point before heading back to the desert. Arada is the drop-off point for the Arab and Kereda nomads with their plenty of camels and cows. We are in semi-nomadic zone. Bivouac under tent. Dinner prepared by our cook.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tents

Day 8. November 19, 2022. Arada – Kalait – Terkei (Gateway to the Ennedi Plateau)
After the formalities and shopping in Kalait which is the center and crossroads of the Saharan world, here begins the semi-desert area. The wells used to host hundreds of families of Toubou and Arab nomads who consider Kalait as a buffer zone between the desert and the Sahel. We leave Kalait to return in the part of the plateau, with the first bivouac in the peak of Terkei (museum of the Rupestrian paintings). Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tents

Day 9. November 20, 2022. Aloba – Ouaddi Nohi – Bir de Gaulle labyrinthe
In Aloba we will see the largest arch in the world with an estimated opening of 120 m high and 77 m wide. A grandiose work of nature where we crisscross to discover its arches and its corridors around the plateau of Ennedi. The Nohi Valley with magnificent panoramas between dunes and magic shapes. A crazy work of unknown artists. Labyrinths and corridors rich in caves where thousands of paintings are hidden. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Day 10. November 21, 2022. Archei (Sa Guelta)
Gathering point of thousands of camel herds and especially surprise habitat of the last crocodiles of the desert. Real cathedral of sandstone sculpted according to the whims of water and wind. Ennedi has the merit of the circus, grandiose and spectacular. Let's discover this natural wealth. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Day 11. November 22, 2022. Bechiké – Deli – Kalait
A vast discovery of the Ennedi massif before taking the road back to Kalait where we start our return to the plains of Oumchallouba . We let ourselves be guided by the plain which reminds us of life in an empty world. Meeting with some nomads. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Day 12. November 23, 2022. Todi – Kouba Olanga
We are now in the transhumance zone of Toubou Kereda and Teda in search of pasture on the way to the South. This arid zone lets us believe that the desert is advancing rapidly. Some Arab families nomadize in this area before finding the main road leading to Kouba olanga.
Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents

Day 13. November 24, 2022. Salal – Moussoro
This is the Bahr el Ghazel, an ancient river of Chad that flowed in a south/north axis. The basin of dead dunes and basins of the old dry lake. Strong concentration of Kereda-Arab families who share this area before reaching the town of Moussoro. Bivouac under tent. Meal prepared by our cook

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tents

Day 14. November 25, 2022. Moussoro – Ndjamena
Return to Ndjamena, by the great way of Massakori. We will arrive at the end of the evening, with a stop at the craft center for souvenirs. PCR test. Restaurant. Shower and overnight at Ibis hotel 3*.

Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Ibis hotel 3*, shower

Day 15. November 26, 2022. Ndjamena – Return flight
Ndjamena city tour and the village of Gaoui, ethnographic center of the Sao culture which is a large ethnic group. Sao museum and pottery. In the evening we choose a restaurant in the city for farewell dinner.
Day use hotel for taking shower (1 room for 3 people). Late evening transfer to Ndjamena airport. International return flight.

* Recommended flight:

- with Turkish Airlines, departs from Ndjamena on November 27 at 4:25 am with flight TK-590 to Istanbul,
- any other flight with departure from Ndjamena no earlier than at 19 pm on November 26 or in the night from November 26 to 27.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: day use hotel Ibis 3* (1 room for 3 participants), shower


Cost includes:

  • accommodation in hotels according to the program on TWIN/DBL basis
  • TWIN/DBL accommodation in tents
  • day use hotels: 1 room for 3 pax
  • Toyota Land Cruisers 4WD with A/C, fuel and experienced driver (3 passengers in 1 car)
  • all airport transfers according to the program
  • full board meals (breakfast, non-hot lunch and hot dinner), except for 2 dinners in the restaurants in Ndjamena
  • drinking water along the whole route: 3 litre per person a day
  • non-drinking water for hygienic perposes
  • camping gear: tents, foam mattresses
  • all entry fees and site visits
  • contribution to local communities
  • participation in festivals
  • football and all activities according to the program
  • all formalities and permits
  • visa support
  • governmental taxes
  • accompaniment of very experienced English speaking guide
  • accompaniment of Russian and English speaking team leader and ethnographer Mzungu throughout the trip





To be addidionally (personally) paid:

  • international flight (flight Moscow - Ndjamena - Moscow is approx. EUR 800 - 1100)
  • medical insurance
  • Chad visa (USD 150), to be obtained at the latest 15 days prior to the trip
  • COVID test
  • 2 dinners in Ndjamena
  • Photography fees on the way and during the festival
  • single accomodation
  • alcohol, soft drinks, personal items, souvenirs
  • tips for the crew and local communities



To take with:

  • wear sets fitting weather conditions, one warm set
  • long sleeve wear set
  • repellents (is a must!)
  • mosquito net for sleeping place (is a must!)
  • comfortable closed shoes and opes shoes
  • forehead torch
  • big backpack for luggage
  • small backpack for personal items and camera
  • sleeping bag for warm weather
  • sunblock set (cream, sunglasses, cap)
  • sandblock set: desert glasses, buff/mask (up to you)
  • personal hygiene items (toilet paper, towel, wet tissues, hygiene lipstick etc.)
  • personal medical kit (analgesics, sanitizers, antibiotics, your personal medicine)
  • yellow fever certificate
  • PCR COVID test result
  • Anti malaria preventive pills (up to you to decide)photo and video camera
  • 2 photos to be brought for each participant for the police formalities in N'Djamena (mandatory)



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