Key Country Facts
Chad is the site of the teeth of an ancient, extinct type of elephant!
Zakouma National Park, Cinema le Normandie, N’Djamena, Guelta d’Archei rock formations
Top exports: crude petroleum, raw cotton, insect resins, refined petroleum, and other oily seeds
About 14.04 million people live in Chad (2015). The capital is N’Djamena and the primary languages are French and Arabic, though Chad is called the “Babel Tower of the world” because of all of the other languages spoken there. Chad is religiously split, with a predominantly Muslim population in the north and a predominantly Christian population in the south. The top exports are crude petroleum, raw cotton, insect resins, refined petroleum, and other oily seeds. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.
Travelers should note that the U.S. Department of State currently warns in 2017 that U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the border regions of Chad and exercise extreme caution at all times due to ongoing terrorist activity in Chad.
Chad is an area where many wild animals can be spotted from traveling adventures, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, warthog, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, and more. To see some of that wildlife, visit the beautiful Zakouma National Park and witness firsthand the animals living there. To get away from the outdoorsy life, head to the capital and visit the Cinema le Normandie for an afternoon movie.
An amazing place to visit is the Guelta d’Archei rock formations in Fada, filled with tall, strange rocks and lined with very old paintings that serve as cultural relics of an ancient history. Wild camels can be found roaming the area as well.
An incredible fact about Chad is that it is the site of the teeth of an ancient, extinct type of elephant. It also is the place where an early hominid similar to human beings today was found, aged at somewhere between two and five hundred thousand years old.