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Participants must have
Minimum participant vehicles 3
Maximum participant vehicles 4
Travel guarantee with two participating vehicles
Why going on a ferry from Genua?
Because the total amount in travelling overland from South Germany to Spain is the same. But, the stress is less. Two days through half Europe, before the holiday starts. Another point might be, all travellers meet on the boat and can have a decent look at each other.
Marocco - Mauretania - Senegal
This expedition will start midth of December 2021 in Genua (for travellers from the UK its possible to start in Marseille or Barcelona, what ever suits you best. You can travel to Tanger in Morocco on your own as well.) The total time frame will be 7 weeks to Dakkar in the Senegal.
We start our trip on beautiful offroad tracks through Morocco. Relaxed during the time after the main season of travelling in this country.
At this time of the year, we just cross the high Atlas mountains on a short cut. Our expedition will lead through the wadis and valleys and palm oasis east of the Atlas down south.
As long as we travel in the north of the Maghreb, we still have all the infrastructure you might think of and that has been grown through the centuries by jewish, arabian and maghrebinian merchants and business people. They tradet anything one could think of between the more central and south african countries, the Maghreb and the Occident. They created the beauty of this country, that might have arrived directly out of a fairy tale like 1001 night.
Overnight stays in a Kasbah and a Riad makes the journey comfortable. Next to our stays camping out in the bush, every now and than a warm shower and a comfy bed are more than welcome.
After a bit more than a week on the road, we will leave the north of Morocco direction West Sahara near the Erg Chigaga. Time for shopping and organizing needful things and equipment before heading down south. Via more offroad tracks and a bit of sealed road, we will reach Mauretania.
After crossing the border, we will travel along the coastline the Atlantic on one side, the dunes on the other side. And finally reach the "Banc D´Arguin" national park. It is one of the main resorts for migratory birds. Hopefully this time of the year there will be lots of them. Next to wolves, fenneks, games and a diversity of feral cats there should be hyenas as well.
A real african national park with lots of wildlife and bird watching possibilities.
After two third of the track along the atlantic ocean, we will leave direction east. Here, the tracks are seldom used, remote and we reach Sahara at ist best. The ergs are not known very well by travellers and they will lead us into more rocky areas and passes that are pure offroad and expedition feeling. We might have to fix some roads here direction Atar and Chinguetti. World heritage and holy place of the islamic culture.
Ancient sites will wait for us.
Via the oasis route, we will continue our expeidition to reach the so called eye of the desert, the Guelb er Richat.
Going on from here direction south again, Atar and Tidjikia will be on our way, beside the beaten track we will keep on travelling.
The ancient village Ksar el Barka, at its time an important base for the carawanes along their routes.
The not so far from there desert crocodile population im Mauretania, will be another outstanding and once in a lifetimee visit.
At least, the road between Nouakchott and Aleg will lead us back into civilisation after this trip. We will reach the senegalese border and with it the Sahelzone and the border to the so called black Africa region.
Senegal will welcome us back out of the bushlive we had during several weeks. The flair is already more central Africa.
We will have around 10 days, before our vehicles will go back via container to Europe. Some of us might keep on travelling. It all depends.
Two more nights in a hotel are included to get things organized and finished. Our expedition will end here.