7th - 30th November 2019
Algeria is the Sahara... it covers more than 80% of the country and with 90 percent of Algerians living along the northern coast on 12 percent of the country's land, it leaves a lot of sand and rock for us to explore!
Since antiquity, Algeria has enticed settlers - Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Turks - and, in the 19th century, the French. With them came wars and unrest, but now Algeria is safe for us to visit. Tuareg guides, from the best agency in the country, will show us some of the most amazing landscapes in the Sahara. We concentrate our travels in the centre and south, following desert pistes across the Grand Erg Occidental, through the Plaine du Tidikelt to InSalah. We continue south to the Erg Mehejbet and out into the Adrar N'Ahnet, Taghit canyon and Touhak, After a detour along the Afarag dunes we enter the dreaded Tanezrouft, a vast unexplored expanse known to the Tuareg as the "Land of Thirst " where we head for the gueltas of In-Ziza. In ancient times these were an important staging post for the huge caravans coming up from Timbuktu. From In-Ziza we drive cross country north-eastwards to the dunes of Tadraq and then turn south to the well of Tin Felki and then to the desert town of Tamanrasset - Tam is pretty much in the middle of the Sahara, its Tuareg inhabitants survive in one of the worlds hottest and driest places. We then swing north, following pistes across extensive dune seas to return to In Salah and Tunisia.
Sounds easy? Well its not; this is the hardest expedition we offer, you will be pitting yourself and your vehicle against one of the globes toughest environments, distances are long, days are hot and the going will be slow but rewards are high. This really will be an unforgettable trip, the sights and scenes will linger and replay in your head for many years, you will have achieved what many can only dream of - driven to the heart of the Sahara.