Chad - Ennedi
No trip for the faint hearted. What you need is good health, a sense of humor, a decent amount of money to afford this trip, and some endurance. And, not to forget, you will be offline for about 2 weeks. No connection whatsoever, somehow you disappear from the screen.
We were 12 tourists, with the average age somewhere between 55 and 60 (only then you have the time and money as well as the degree of freedom to do what you always wanted to do). 3 tourists per jeep, plus driver (French speaking), and an additional jeep for the cooks and the supply, because you travel offroad. We did some 3,500 km in 14 days, of this perhaps 2,500 km offroad, and without a scout in the far North of Chad you would get lost. And we had a magnificent scout, Ahmed, our living GPS.
Mother Nature was your toilet, and you got your water for washing yourself in a bowl - perhaps 2 liter. It should do, and it did (you could get more if you needed, but it seemed that we all could cope with that limited supply).
Food was quite ok, better than we thought. The 2 cooks did a very god job. Every lunch we got a salad that we took on a large mat. Three times a goat was purchased, brought to the camp alive, and the cook processed the goat, gratefully in total darkness, in good distance from us.
Driving to the Ennedi mountains takes almost 4 days, with 6-8 hours driving time per day, being exposed to the "African massage".
The scenery was breathtaking. Over a period of 5-6 days we were exposed to an incredible landscape.
I could add dozens of more of such magnificent fotos, slowly I was getting like drunk with one exciting scenery following the other - difficult to digest so many wonders. We were also shown cave paintings - some 5,000 years old.
At this camp site we had also our most stressful night, being embedded in a real sand storm, what an experience. Tents flattered in the wind, some lost their over tent and were covered with sand the next morning. I had an almost sleepness night when the tent hit my head again and again, from the wind outside. But all of us survived unharmed. Breakfast was canceled, it would have been impossible to set up the tables, and so we left, with Ahmed, our living GPS, seeking a quiet place where we finally had an extensive breakfast plus lunch.
When the tour came to an end, I was somehow glad that my senses could come to rest. One day to be followed by another day of excitement - I had enough. What a civilized achievement that you need not any longer put your shoes on in the middle of the night when going for a pee, with a flashlight.
In any case, this was a great tour, organized and carried out by professionals, with good equipment and vehicles. Drivers knew their job, cooks did wonders, we were a splendid team of 12 adventurers - ok, guided adventurers.
As much as I do not want to miss anything that I could experience, I am glad to be home, safe and dry. And grateful to be born at the right time at the right spot of Mother Earth.