One of the world's poorest, lawless and most corrupt countries, The UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the capital, N'Djamena, and against all travel to the rest of the country. Violence from the Darfur conflict in Sudan has spilled across the border. In February 2008 an attempted coup in the capital was suppressed. The northern half of Chad lies in the harsh Sahara desert.

Travel within the country is difficult and most roads are unpaved. French and Arabic are the two most widely-spoken languages. Most of the population lives in the south of the country.


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Why you should go:

You have had a burning desire to see Chad since you were a child.

Why you shouldn't:

There are safer places to see the Sahara.

Map of Chad