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Lakes of Ounianga, Ennedi Region

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View the mystical 18 Lakes of Ounianga, each interconnected and surrounded by postcard perspectives of the Sahara, a World Heritage Site. Discover each lake's eco-individuality--from hyper-saline to fresh water--and admire the diverse desert surroundings of the area, which has a strong history of early human migration. Take in the colorful, paradise-like views of mountains, sand dunes, and palm trees while keeping an eye out for the diverse wildlife inhabiting the bizarrely shaped fresh-water rivers. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ennedi Region trip simple and quick.
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  • By 2012 the lakes are part of the UNESCO world heritage with this description: the site includes eighteen interconnected lakes in the region of Ennedi hyper-arid Sahara desert covers an area of 62,808 hectares. It is an outstanding natural landscape of great beauty, with colors and surprising shapes. The salt lakes, hyper-saline and fresh water are supplied by groundwater and are in two groups, 40 kilometres away. Ounianga Kebir includes four lakes, the largest of which, Yoan, covers an area of 358 acres and 27 m deep. Highly saline waters support only algae and microorganisms. The second group, Ounianga Serir, consists of fourteen Lakes separated by sand dunes. Floating reeds cover almost half of the surface of these lakes, reducing evaporation. With its 436 hectares, is Lake Teli in having the largest area, but with less than 10 m deep. With their high quality fresh water, some of these lakes are home to aquatic fauna, especially the fish. Starting from the capital N'Djamena consideration at least 4 days of travel the first 900 km are asphalted then most deserticche tracks to reach the Lakes, You can devote to visit from 2 to 3 days, because of their remoteness you should match this a visit to the ennedi and hike in the guelta d'archei.
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