Things not to do in Chad…
Get hammered. Central and northern Chad is largely Islamic – and consuming alcohol is frowned upon – though it’s often ok to drink in the desert villages. If you’re not sure whether to drink or not, it’s very simple – if alcohol is widely available, or offered to you, then bottoms up. If not – don’t go looking for it. It’s been hidden for a reason.
Travel without insurance. Many insurance companies won’t cover travellers heading into Chad, due to FCO warnings and instability in the surrounding countries. However, your holiday company will work with those that do, and in an area this remote, and with such sparse medical facilities, it’s incredibly important to have backup in case of an accident.
Expect to meet other travellers. Chad is one of the least explored countries in the world, with great stretches of its desert landscape untouched even by Chadians, let alone visitors. One of our tour leaders has spent a total of around ten weeks in Chad – and once, he saw a group of two tourists.
Play with the tanks. The remains of old conflicts are littered across the landscape, particularly in the north from the war with Libya, where you’ll come across rusting tanks and jeeps half swallowed by sand. But don’t go near them – there may be unexploded devices waiting to go off.