Chad - Gerewol Festival

Chad - Gerewol Festival

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – N’Djamena

Arrive in N’Djamena and transfer to the hotel. If your arrival is early morning then you will be able to check in to your room straight away. Overnight Mercure Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Durbali

We drive to the region of Durbali, through the Sahel, to join the Mbororo people in their celebration of the Gerewol festival. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Days 3-7 Gerewol Festival

We spend these days immersing ourselves in the culture of the Mbororo and witnessing the rituals and ceremonies of the Gerewol festival. This is one of Africa’s most fascinating cultural encounters, unchanged for centuries and with very few traces of modernity. We can expect to see traditional singing and dancing, and perhaps some camel racing. Young Mbororo men decorate themselves with makeup, feathers and traditional jewellery to display to young women; the Gerewol is an elaborate mass courtship ritual and a fascinating spectacle to watch. As well as this we can explore the market of Durbali, one of the most important in the Sahel, and spend time with local people, learning about all aspects of their unique culture. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Day 8 N’Djamena

We return back to N’Djamena, where day use rooms are available to freshen up. After heading out to a restaurant for a final farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

Important: Please note that the exact date of this festival is usually determined around June each year, when the Mbororo elders have decided upon the best time to hold it. The Gerewol festival is held around the end of September (at the end of the rainy season) and so the precise date of this trip may move by a couple of days either side. You should not book flights until this date has been confirmed by us.

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