This country in north-central Africa is well off most North Americans' radar screens, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. It does offer a mix of landscapes, including the Sahara desert in the north and savannas with wildlife in the south, even large (though not particularly impressive) Lake Chad. But the difficulty of traveling through the country and the lingering danger of armed uprisings and terrorist incursions make it a place best suited for adventurers who have already visited more accessible countries in the region or those who are on a cross-continent trek.

Those who do spend time in Chad will want to seek out Zakouma National Park, Chad's largest reserve. It has lots of animals (elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, wildebeests) and few tourists. Chad's most distinctive attractions are in the north, including the austere beauty of the Tibesti Mountains, the picturesque Ounianga Lakes and the striking Ennedi Mountains.

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