Welcome to Bongor, a city located on the eastern bank of the Logone River and the capital of the Mayo-Kebbi Est region in Chad. With its lively central market square, airport, post office, hospital, and administrative offices for the Mayo-Kebbi Prefecture, Bongor is a hub of activity and commerce in the region. This city of 29,268 people is known for its cotton and rice crops, which are the primary cash crops of the region.
One of the unique features of Bongor is its proximity to the Logone River, which is navigable between Bongor and N’Djamena, Chad’s capital, during the rainy season (May-September). Visitors can take advantage of this and enjoy a boat ride on the river, soaking up the scenery and enjoying the cool breeze.
For those looking for a place to stay while in Bongor, there is a hotel on the bank of the Logone that offers comfortable lodging and excellent views of the river.
One of the highlights of the week in Bongor is the Monday market, where people from the entire region come to buy and sell goods. This is a great opportunity to experience the local culture and interact with the friendly and welcoming people of Bongor.
Bongor has a rich history that dates back to colonial times. The city was a part of German Cameroon until the 1911 German-French Treaty, and a military station was founded near Bongor in 1904 by German colonial officer Herbert Kund, which marked the beginning of the city’s modern history. The primary indigenous tribal group in the area are the Masa people. Bongor has been an important center of secondary education since colonial times, and the Lycée Jacques Moudeina, located in the city, has produced many of the future leaders of the nations that became independent after the dissolution of the colony of French Equatorial Africa.
Bongor has a hot semi-arid climate, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F). The city experiences two distinct seasons: a dry season from October to April and a wet season from May to September.
Thank you for considering Bongor as your next travel destination. With its beautiful river, bustling market, and rich history, this city is sure to offer a unique and unforgettable experience for all who visit.