An eden in the Sahara
The Ennedi Massif is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the northeast of Chad and deep within the greatest desert of them all, the Sahara.
The sandstone mountains and formations, jutting out from the surrounding sand expanse, and spanning an extensive 50,000 km have provided refuge for the desert fauna, flora and human inhabitants for millenia.
In and amongst some of the largest sandstone arches on the planet lie hidden gueltas (wells or springs) home to West African crocodiles and visited by Barbary sheep, camel herds led by nomadic people and Barbary falcons peering in from their lofty sandy spires.
Exploring this ecological oasis and its landscape marked by caves, canyons, plateaus and pinnacles, the traveller is also led deeply into the regions archeological history by way of thousands of rock art paintings and engravings, dating back 8000 years.
The desert journey provides endless surprises and delights – a chance meeting in a sandstorm with a Toubou man and his daughter, a Fennec fox poking it’s head out from its den and falling asleep under a tapestry of stars.
Have a look at this trip report from a recent trip to Chad…
“What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince