Flights to Abeche Located in eastern Chad, Abeche is the most northern city in the country with mainly unpopulated desert to the north. The landscape in and around Abeche is quite harsh, yet still it is a beautiful place. The city is not wealthy so don’t expect large or fancy attractions. Everything is quite simple, with only a few paved roads through the main parts of the city.
The local Abeche Airport (airport code: AEH) only handles domestic flights to Abeche, but you can get several flights to N’Djamena instead. Unfortunately, it is over 600km away, so you can either plan a very long bus ride or get a domestic flight to Abeche with Toumai Air Tchad. From South Africa, flights to the N’Djamena International Airport (code: NDJ) can be booked with one connection with either South African Airways or Ethiopian Airlines. They both have their transfer in Addis Ababa. With Kenya Airways, you will connect in Nairobi as well as in Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Abeche:
Abeche is a culturally diverse city that has a majority of Muslims but is not overly strict in that regard for visitors. The languages spoken through the city are many, but the official ones are French and Arabic. A uniquely Chadian dialect of Arabic is the most commonly spoken.
There is a small open-air market with covered tables offering a mix of fresh produce and household goods, and there are also several old mosques around the city worth a look. However, there is not a lot to see right in Abeche, but you can use the city as a base for exploring further afield.
Touring the Countryside
Taking a 4×4 vehicle out onto the smaller roads will offer the chance to see some remarkable areas, though the bare sand and rock may not appeal to everyone. You can find the most amazing places to the north of Abeche but make sure you are well-supplied because it can be a long way between the few villages out there.
Zakouma National Park
It will take a few hours to get there by car, but the Zakouma National Park is the only protected natural space within a reasonable distance to Abeche. But if you are taking a driving tour through Chad, this makes a good next destination. The park is home to a large population of elephants and there are also several groups of lions living there. You are also very likely to see giraffes, wildebeests, many types of gazelle and antelope, and there are also a few primates as well. The park is mainly grassland plains with a few small river basins.
When Should You Visit?:
Abeche is one of the hottest cities in the world, so you can expect a lot of heat whenever you visit. If you don’t like the extreme heat, you should try to arrive during August. It will be slightly rainy but the temperature should only reach 32C (90F) in the daytime then. Otherwise, most of the rest of the year is near (or above) 40C (104F). The hottest months are March, April and May. During those months, you can expect daily highs of 43C (110F). Needless to say, whenever you are travelling in Abeche, you should always carry an ample supply of water with you. Even with the high daily temperatures, it does cool down dramatically in the evenings.