Fada to Mourdi to Ounianga Serir
You reach the track towards Monou, which continues northward as far as Fada, prefecture of Ennedi and a characteristic Saharan village formed by houses made of banco, gathered around the old French colonial fort. The inhabited centre is situated in a verdant oasis with numerous date-palms.
Once having made all the bureaucratic formalities - sometimes very long - you start the crossing of the massif, and continue along a slow and sandy track that will lead you to the Mourdi, a wide region of cordons of dunes and isolated mountainous groups.
Continue on a north/north-east direction, overcoming some difficult cordons of dunes of the Mourdi, following the ancient caravan route that connected the salt-pits of Ounianga region (Demi, Teguedei and Ounianga) to the southern Chadian villages and the northern Libyan oasis.
Continue northward until the Eyo Demi, a reddish sandy formation; at its feet rises the homonymous village, composed by a few palms and poor houses made of sand. This inhabited centre, situated in a background which is absolutely wild and inhospitable, lives of the slight trade of "red salt", obtained with a very rudimentary method of drawing from the open-air salt-pits. This salt is brought to the southern oasis by caravans of the Tébu Ounias and, then, exchanged with millet and sorghum.All along this track it is easy to meet one of these caravans.
From Demi you turn to the West, to the Ounianga Serir, passing through Teguedei, a palm-grove inhabited seasonally for the date harvest, as the small silos made of sand and stones, show. In Teguedei there is the first lake of Ounianga region, situated in a sandy basin surrounded by the palms and rocky sceneries of multicolored sandstones.
Skirting the Nabar falaise, you reach the first lakes of the Ounianga Serir oasis. The landscape is incredible: lakes surrounded by palm-groves that spring up from the sand, rocky formations of multicolored sandstone from the white to the red and golden dunes that descend to the water, are one of the most amazing visions of the whole Saharan scenery. The water is fresh and comes out from the sand but, because of the salty soil, the lakes are very saline with several densities and colorings.
Spend the whole day making excursions on foot along the sandy banks and the palm-groves with the opportunity of a bath in the lakes.