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Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve

Ennedi is located in the Sahara Desert in the north east of Chad. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and 44,000sq km of wilderness. This natural sandstone landscape of plateaus, arches, canyons and cliffs is Sahara’s garden of Eden. Alive with fauna, flora, rock paintings and human occupation dating back to the Neolithic period.

Ennedi, Chad, rock art

Why go on safari to Ennedi…

  • Rock Art  – dates back 7,000 years. Clarity of the art is excellent and you can clearly see the paintings depicting dancing people and cows. The rock art uses pigments of red and yellow ochre and white pigments and engravings using rocks as chisels. A rich connection to Africa’s ancient past. Sahara’s garden of Eden dates back to the Neolithic period
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ennedi was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2016 because of is unique landscape and 7000 year old rock art
  • diversity – Ennedi is home to 525 + species of plants, Barbary sheep, striped hyena, desert lynx , Dorcas gazelle and large crocodile population. The park is also a crossroads for migratory birds with 199 species of birds passing through

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The future

African Parks assumed long term management of Ennedi in February 2018. Working with the Government of the Republic of Chad towards the following aims:

  • support the people by working with the local communities. Raising awareness of the importance of the parks conservation through education programs
  • provide training programs for the local communities aimed at developing skills to help the growth of conservation led tourism activities
  • restore the park both culturally and naturally creating the only fully-functioning Sahelian-Saharan ecosystem
  • finally… reintroduce wildlife species which have been lost

Back to Chad 

Exploring some of the oldest rock art in Chad

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