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Best Time to Visit Chad in 2024 for Wildlife Viewing, Cultural Tours, and Desert Expeditions. Chad Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Chad

  • Optimal: November to early March for comfortable weather and optimal wildlife viewing.
  • For cultural tours: October to November when cultural festivals occur and the weather is pleasant.
  • For desert expeditions: December to February, when the Sahara is cooler and more accessible.

Geography facts

  • Location: Central Africa, south of Libya.
  • Area: 1,284,000 km².
  • Borders: Libya, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger.
  • Landscape: Predominantly desert in the north (Sahara), central Sahelian belt, and Sudanese savanna zone in the south.

Chad boasts a vast and diverse geography, from the barren landscapes of the Sahara Desert in the north to the fertile Sudanese savanna in the south. The Tibesti Mountains, home to some of Africa’s highest peaks, offer dramatic landscapes and opportunities for adventure.

Climate

  • Northern Sahara: Arid, extreme temperature variations between day and night.
  • Central Sahelian: Semi-arid, more moderate temperatures, seasonal rains.
  • Southern Sudanese: Tropical with a wet season from June to September.
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Northern Chad (Sahara): Cool nights with temperatures around 10°C (50°F), daytime highs can reach 25°C (77°F).
  • Southern Chad: Hotter, with temperatures ranging from 18°C (64°F) to 33°C (91°F).
  • Ideal for desert expeditions due to cooler temperatures and clear skies.

February

  • Similar to January, with slightly warmer temperatures.
  • Northern Chad: Daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F), nighttime can drop to 13°C (55°F).
  • Southern Chad: Begins to warm up, with temperatures from 20°C (68°F) to 35°C (95°F).
  • Good time for Sahara tours and visiting the Ennedi Plateau.
Сhad desert landscape (c) images.fotoshkola.net

March

  • Northern Chad: Starts getting hotter, 15°C (59°F) at night, up to 30°C (86°F) during the day.
  • Southern Chad: Rainy season begins, temperatures vary between 22°C (71.6°F) and 38°C (100.4°F).
  • Last month for comfortable desert travel before the heat intensifies.

April

  • Northern Chad: Very hot, temperatures soar above 35°C (95°F) in the day.
  • Southern Chad: Peak of rainy season, temperatures between 24°C (75°F) and 40°C (104°F).
  • Not ideal for travel due to extreme heat and the onset of heavy rains in the south.

May

  • Northern Chad: Extreme heat with temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F).
  • Southern Chad: Continuation of the rainy season, similar temperatures to April.
  • Challenging travel conditions due to heat and accessibility issues from rains.

June

  • Northern Chad: Continues to be extremely hot, with temperatures often above 40°C (104°F).
  • Southern Chad: Rainy season, which limits wildlife viewing and travel.
  • Zakouma National Park begins to become less accessible due to rains.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Northern Chad: Peak of heat, with temperatures reaching up to 43°C (109°F).
  • Southern Chad: Heavy rains, temperatures range from 23°C (73°F) to 32°C (90°F).
  • Increased greenery in the south, challenging travel conditions.

August

  • Northern Chad: Slightly begins to cool, but still very hot.
  • Southern Chad: Peak rainy season, lush landscapes, but difficult to navigate.
  • Wildlife begins to congregate around remaining water sources, improving viewing opportunities in accessible areas.
Сhad (c) ic.pics.livejournal.com

September

  • Northern Chad: Begins to cool, making travel slightly more bearable.
  • Southern Chad: End of the rainy season, temperatures start to decrease.
  • Improved conditions for wildlife viewing and cultural tours as communities celebrate the end of the rainy season.

October

  • Temperatures become more moderate across the country, ranging from 18°C (64°F) in the north to 30°C (86°F) in the south.
  • Ideal for cultural tours, especially with local festivals occurring.
  • Better accessibility to Zakouma National Park and other wildlife areas.

November

  • Perfect time for visiting Chad: cooler weather, clear skies, and the beginning of the dry season.
  • Northern Chad: Temperatures range from 14°C (57°F) at night to 28°C (82°F) during the day.
  • Southern Chad: Begins to dry out, temperatures are comfortable, ranging from 16°C (60°F) to 31°C (88°F).
  • Optimal wildlife viewing in Zakouma National Park and other reserves.

December

  • Northern Chad: Cool and dry, ideal for desert expeditions, temperatures from 12°C (53°F) at night to 25°C (77°F) during the day.
  • Southern Chad: Dry season fully underway, temperatures similar to November.
  • Excellent time for safaris and exploring the country’s diverse landscapes.

Chad’s vast landscapes offer unique experiences throughout the year, from the stark beauty of the Sahara to the rich wildlife of the southern savannas. Planning your visit according to the activities and regions of interest can significantly enhance your experience in this diverse African country.

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