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Climate & when to go

Chad has three distinct climatic zones. In the tropical south, temperatures usually range from 20°C to 25°C, but can rise to 40°C before the rains. The centre, where N’Djaména and Lake Chad are located, often exceeds 45°C before the rains, and temperatures can get even higher in the north.

November to January is the coolest and thus best time for general travel, unless you are here for Zakouma National Park, then it’s March and April (the hottest months). It is fascinating to see the Sahel turn green in July, but travel in the rainy season is not pleasant. You can’t believe how waterlogged the capital becomes during July and August and road travel elsewhere slows dramatically.