N'Djamenas central market is a must! Located next to the grande mosque, it sprawls over a big area. The building on the picture is only a small part of the market. The vendors sell their stuff in stalls in the whole quartier south and east of the mosque.
It is very pleasant to walk around the colorful nmarket scene. Take enough time to strumble around the area!
There is an aiport in N'Djamena with international conections.
Some companies flying to Chad are:
N'Djamena's main roads are paved, but there are many unpaved/dirt roads. Most everyone uses 4 wheel drive vehicles (lots of Toyotas and Land Cruisers). During rainy season many roads are more like swamps.
I'm not sure if the Chadian government has a need to be so paranoid, but apparently the guards in front of the Presidential Compound (along the Chari River, just a bit south of the airport) have fired upon cars/trucks that stop out in front of the compound. A bad place to get a flat tire!!! No other major dangers/threats, but take care when out at night.
A short walk from the Novotel is an "Artisan's Corner" with some of the area's examples of art, trinkets, and souveniers, the usual stuff. Be careful if you walk to this place....there have been a few muggings of customers.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go, go in a car or with someone you trust.
Luggage and bags:
Secured luggage is advised. Keeps prying eyes out of your dirty laundry and other things you wouldn't want to lose.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of mosquitos......anti-malaria meds are practically required.
Photo Equipment: CAUTION!!! The Chadian gov't has some rather draconian laws regarding photography. I think you have to obtain a monthly permit to take any pictures!!
Miscellaneous: A Chadian visa is required to enter Chad. On my flight into N'Djamena, I think they mentioned that fact three times!
Oil was recently discovered in Chad, and the major oil companies are in the process of moving in to the tune of $3 billion dollars!! If things go well, Chad stands to dramatically improve and modernize.
Fondest memory: All of the locals I met were very nice and friendly. Oh, however, I've never seen so many bugs anywhere in the world. Wow. My hotel room came with a can of bug spray!! Very impressive and very useful!!