Journeys by Design

Chadian Adventure – The Gurewol and Ennedi

Designed by Kyle de Nobrega

October 2023
A chadian adventure

I am delighted to present this Extraordinary Chadian Safari Adventure

In the most unlikely of places exists an opportunity for a safari experience of days gone by. We will visit the brightly adorned Bororo and Woodabe people during the famous Gurewol festival and explore the Sahara and all of her secrets within the great Ennedi Plateau.  ‘Discovery’ best describes an expedition like this!

This is an online version of the itinerary which provides links and background reading for the accommodation and experiences as proposed for your trip. You will also find links to relevant press and blogs that have been written over the years on the same accommodation and experiences which you may find of interest.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kyle de Nobrega



Saturday 14th October 2023:
Land Ndjamena, Chads capital, and met by an African Parks representative
Hotel La Residence, Ndjamena 1 night

Sunday 15th October:
Depart Ndjamena by road and head towards the annual Gurewol festival where we will spend the next 4 days immersing ourselves within one of the last spontaneous African ceremonies left on the continent
Mobile Tented Camp – 4 nights

Thursday 19th August:
Head back to Ndjamena and overnight in a comfortable hotel room, hot showers and a welcoming pool
Hotel La Residence, Ndjamena 1 night

Friday 20th August:
Private Charter from Ndjamena into the Ennedi massif. We will be based for the first few days in a scenically beautiful region of the Ennedi
Warda Camp, Ennedi  3 nights

Monday 23rd October:
Depart Warda Camp and begin the overland expedition towards the great Ounianga Oasis Lakes region
Fly camp, Ennedi, Mourdi depression and Ounianga Lakes 6 nights

Sunday 29th October:
Private Charter flight from Faya airstrip to Ndjamena
Hotel La Residence, Ndjamena 1 night

Saturday 14th October, Hotel La Residence, Ndjamena - 1 night
arrive and acclimatize

We will arrive in Ndjamena, and if not already travelling with Kyle, you will be met by Kyle and an African Parks representative upon arrival in Ndjamena. African Parks is the conservation organization responsible for the successful management of both Ennedi and Zakouma National Park in Chad

We will spend one night unwinding and acclimatizing at the comfortable Hotel La Residence in Ndjamena

ndjamena - chad

ndjamena - chad

Sunday 15th August, Gurewol festival - 4 nigths
cultural immersion

We head out of Ndjamena by road towards the annual and spontaneous gathering of Woodabe and Bororo tribes for teh Gurewol festival. Here, it is all about Love and matchmaking. Women ‘steal’ or choose the best looking men to take as their husbands, men oblige. The cermeony is vibrant, full of energy and the Woodabe people warm and welcoming.

We will spend 4 nights with the Woodabe at the heart of the festival in a comfortable fly camp with good food and service.

woodabe - gurewol - chad

Kyle de Nobrega

Kyle de Nobrega

woodabe - gurewol - chad

Thursday 19th October, Hotel La Residence, Ndjamena - 1 night
back to luxury

We will head back to Ndjamena for an overnight to refresh, recharge and unwind.

Friday 20th August, Warda Camp, Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve (3 nights)
WARDA CAMP – ennedi

We will depart Ndjamena by private charter and head north east into the Sahara. We will land on the outskirts of the massif and be picked up by 4×4 to begin the journey deep into the abyss. Warda Camp is an extraordinary setup in the most remote of places. Warda is the perfect base to position for the first few days visiting some of the most famous regions in Ennedi like Aloba Arch and the freshwater canyon of Guelta d’Archei.

We will spend 3 nights at Warda Camp on a full board basis.

Kyle de Nobrega

Kyle de Nobrega

Kyle de Nobrega

Kyle de Nobrega

Monday 23rd October, mobile fly camping northwards through the Ennedi (6 nights)
into the great sahara

After a sedentary few days based out of Warda Camp. our Landcruiser’s will be packed and prepared for a deep mission northbound through the Ennedi massif. Nights will be spent on bedrolls under the stars in the truest form of luxury, days spent in awe of the colossal-ness of this unique part of Africa. Few adjectives describe the feeling of discovery a place- like Ennedi holds. Beautifully, the overland expedition ends at the Ouinianga Lakes, a series of desert springs that typify the word – Oasis!

We will spend the next 6 nights exploring the northern Ennedi and Ounianga Lakes region

Kyle de Nobrega

Sunday 29th October, private charter flight from Faya Airstrip - Ndjamena
Return to civilization

After our last morning of adventure, we will depart Faya airstrip in the northern-most region of Ennedi and head back to Ndjamena for 1 night back in comfort. A bottle of Champagne will mark the end of an epic adventure.

We will spend the last night to unwind and gather our thoughts at Hotel La Residence

Kyle de Nobrega

Monday 30th October, International flight back home
end of serives

We sadly depart the amazing country of Chad with a lifetime of memories.





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US$ 34 800 per person in ‘luxury’ mobile and fixed camps


A seamless ground arrangement service, all scheduled flights and private charters, full board accommodation on Safari, all park fees, VIP airport handling, a lifetime of memories!


International flights, tips, travel insurance, drinks at Hotel La Residence, activities in Ndjamena, and items of a personal nature.

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