Flights to N’Djamena N’Djamena is in the west of Chad, in Central Africa, and it’s the country’s capital and largest city. N’Djamena is situated on the River Chari, right on the border with Cameroon and it does have a few sites of interest for tourists.
The main international airport in Chad and for flights to N’Djamena is the N’Djamena International Airport (airport code: NDJ). There are 1 and 2 stop flights to N’Djamena when departing from Johannesburg, with times ranging from 13 hours to more than 40 depending on connections. South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines both take the same route through Addis Ababa, but Egyptair has an extra connection. They transfer in Cairo as well as Addis Ababa. Kenya Airways also has a 2-stop flight to N’Djamena that connects in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions of N’Djamena:
N’Djamena isn’t exactly recognised as a major tourist destination, but if you’re passing through, or visiting on business there are a few things to see and do. The city has some very nice hotels, which have a price tag to reflect this, including one of the international Le Meridien chain. There are restaurants too, but being a mainly Muslim city don’t ask for alcohol with your meal, unless it’s on the menu, to avoid embarrassment.
With many Muslims in N’Djamena you’ll also find many mosques, but there are a number of Christians here too who practice their religion in the N’Djamena Cathedral. The quite modern cathedral has an almost aircraft hangar-like appearance with its huge sloping roof, though it is of course far more highly decorative and attractive than a hangar!
N’Djamena is set on the Chari River and one of the popular attractions of the city is watching the sun setting on the river, as it; said to be quite beautiful. As you stand, or sit, and watch this, think about the name of the city and what it means – N’Djamena means ‘place of rest’, and at times like these it is an appropriate name! It was actually renamed from its original name of Fort-Lamy, having been called this by the French who founded the city in 1900. Chad became independent of France in 1960, and in 1973 the president of Chad set about Africanizing the country, and renamed cities like N’Djamena.
Another attraction in N’Djamena is the Chad National Museum. The museum is not as impressive as it once was as it’s suffered looting and damage, but it still has a good collection of musical instruments. Formerly there were exhibits relating to the history and culture of Chad, dating back to prehistory, as well as exhibits on local folk arts and crafts, and traditions. Still, the museum does have artefacts to see, and is housed within the former town hall of N’Djamena.
When Should You Visit?:
N’Djamena is a very hot city that is dry for most of the year except a wet few months in the summer. The rainy season really peaks in July and August, and there are fairly heavy rains in September too. The rainy season is preceded by N’Djamena’s hottest weather, between March and May, peaking with an average high of 41C in April. The rest of the year it ranges between 31 and 37C.