Accommodations range from fair to deplorable (the quality drops off pretty quickly). The country's best hotels are in N'Djamena. Missions and guesthouses are another option. Hostels, called auberges
, sometimes double as brothels. In the north a tent is your best option. Travelers can overnight in a village if they have permission from the local chief (take along a gift of a little tea and sugar to show your gratitude).