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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Simmering rebel activity and unexploded mines mean that travel to far northern Chad, including the Tibesti region, is impossible, and the growing rebellion rules out most of the east.

The various police forces outside the capital can be a nuisance, but requests for bribes are rare. They’re just not used to seeing travellers and so are unsure how to ensure your papers are in order; expect lots of questions.

Even in N’Djaména electricity and running water are intermittent, and many towns are completely off the grid. All but the cheapest hotels have generators, but low-end places usually turn it off by midnight.