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Old 25 Aug 2010
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Situation Tibesti – Tenere - Air

Hi all,

Anyone knows how the situation is in the Tibesti – Tenere – Air.
Is it is possible to cross from the Tibesti (Zouar) into Niger (Seguedine).
Are guides for this areas obligatory?

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I have not heard of a tourist taking this route for many many years - maybe even since the 1980s.

From what I hear, it will be hard to avoid the requirement for guides in north Chad and Tenere, let alone other dangers.

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Once in Zouar I suppose it should be no problem to go from there to Bilma. More or less safe, I supose, apart from landmines. But in Air and Tenere you have a big chance being robbed, or worse. Normally you need a permit from Ndjamena to travel to Zouar. Do not know how difficult it is. I am trying to organise one in november, will let you know if I get it.
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Even Al-Qaeda members are afraid of going there, because they(tubu rebels) kidnap everybody. (no joke)
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Would love to go when it seems doable. In no hurry. Read up on www.desert-info.ch :: Index for example www.desert-info.ch :: Thema anzeigen - Neuer Minen-Unfall im Dohone (Tibesti)
How are you going to get to Zouar in the first place? Coming from where?
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Spazi Avventura from Italy is organising trips to Tibesti. No problem, they say. Zouar is a bit more difficult, because it was occupied by rebels for ten years, but now there's a peace agreement. According to my guide it is possible to have a permit to travel from Ndjamena to Zouar (and Faya and Fada). We will see if it is true.
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Couple of years ago someone posted a trip report on the Lonely Planet Africa (Thorntree) forum after crossing that area. I think his name was Radi, although I might mis-remember this. It sounded a bit hair-raising for my taste, but then again tastes differ. You might try looking for that post.

Hope that helps.

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