Ennedi desert (Chad) - March 2004
The stone sentinels
Ennedi is not an easy place to go: if you're not affraid by the web site of the french ministry of foreign affairs, stating that it is not recommended to go, you will have to cross half of the Chad in a 4x4 vehicle (3 days to go, 3 days to come back) to start walking. Once there, you will realize that locals are not exactly friendly (not because of the overwhelming tourists pressure, anyway) and the remains of the last (and not so distant) war are a little bit disturbing.
And yet, this desert is wonderful: sandstone cathedrals stuck in the sand, many rock paintings, but also vegetation, beautiful gueltas (desert ponds, it rains every year), wildlife (birds, with among them a nice eagle, gazelles, monkeys and even... crocodiles!). You don't believe it ? Have a look at the pictures in the gallery, and go there!
Check out the photos of the trek on Flickr, to download the images in their original size and see on a map the places where they were taken.
The trek map in Google Maps.