N’DJAMENA & CAMP WARDA
Your adventure in Chad starts at N’Djamena. The capital of this north-central African state is charged with life amid its bazaars, cafes, and bars. You’ll leave the hustle and bustle behind as you take a private charter flight to central Chad with its remarkable desert vistas and scarcity of people.
Absorb the dry heat of the desert town of Fada—the Ennedi region’s historic capital. Explore the Saharan streets of mudbrick houses and the town’s marketplaces. In a private helicopter, begin a heli-safari into the astonishing wilderness of the Ennedi Plateau.
Admire the remarkable sandstone sculptures below forged by scorching desert winds, and fly over shadowy ravines and mountainous dunes. Arrive at Camp Warda—a crescent of white tents sheltered in the lee of sheer sandstone cliffs. Retreat from the heat into your bulbous white tents with their private showers and relax on the soft duvets. At night, besides a crackling fire, feast on barbecued meats, fragrant bread, and delicious wines.
After breakfast, discover this incredible sculpted landscape surrounding you, with descriptions such as ‘cathedrals’ and ‘castles’ attached to the sandstone formations. Deep into the desert, you’ll see ancient rock art and petroglyphs preserved for millennia by the dry air. Explore the twists and turns of the Oyo Labyrinth, a remarkable, water-sculpted thicket of sandstone towers and hummocks.
While staying at Camp Warda, take advantage of its unparalleled access to sights that include Archei’s famous guelta—a crocodile-filled oasis that supports the nomadic herders and their camels. Peer up at the Aloba Arch arcing up nearly 400ft into the cobalt blue desert sky. Delight in the soft breezes of the oases riffling the palm leaves as you see the flora and fauna supported in this incredible desert haven.
Explore this UNESCO-protected plateau from above with a heli-tour, your pilot weaving between the remarkable formations. Disembark with your experienced guides and travel by jeep or on foot to reach exclusive outlooks.