THE SAHARA EXPERIENCE
4x4 Sahara Adventures
customized to your strengths and capabilities
The desert comprises much of North Africa, the Atlas Mountains of the Maghreb, and the Nile Valley in Egypt and Sudan. It stretches from the Red Sea in the east and the Mediterranean in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, where the landscape gradually changes from desert to coastal plains. To the south, it is bounded by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna around the Niger River valley and the Sudan Region of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Hi, my name is Marco…
I have been more or less all over the world (Asia, Africa, the Americas from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and plenty of islands) both on foot or with a jeep, and when I arrived in Benahavis, I saw the chance to start a jeep-safari and trekking company which was something I have had in mind since guiding on the Maya-trail.
I lived in Belgium and Arizona, got my tourist guide diploma in Amsterdam and did literally hundreds of jeep-safaris from the Sinai desert, over the Sunda Islands in the Pacific to the wide plains of Africa.
I speak fluent English, Dutch and German and get by in Spanish, but that is improving dramatically day by day.
This is a sample of a typical itinerary as every trip can be customised for you personally.
No two trips are the same - they can be 5, 7, 10 or 14 days duration or even more if you wish. And any number of people - from 2 to 20 or more. You can start your adventure in Benahavis or take a plane and meet me in Marrakesh.
The standard itinerary is based on 4 passengers on a 7 night/8 day trip.
We drive from Benahavis to Tarifa and take the ferry to Tangier. We will have an overnight stay in a hotel near Marrakesh and we will visit the famous market and souk, sampling the legendary street food.
After breakfast in the hotel we will drive towards the Ait Bougmaze Valley, crossing the beautiful and amazing Atlas Moutains by way of the Khenifra and Beni-Mellal passes and the lake of Bin Louidan then Azilal before reaching our destination - Arouss - where we will spend the night in a local house in the middle of the mountains.
After a delicious traditional breakfast we will head for Demnat and Ouarzazat, crossing the mountains and canyons of Tizi n Ghasat. When we get to Tasawt Valley we will stop for lunch in a Berber family house. After lunch we will be continuing to Kelaat Mgouna and will stay overnight in a beautiful hotel in an area known as “roses valley”.
We will have a slow start in the morning to ready ourselves for an unforgettable experience taking in river and canyon crossings, climbing mountains and journeying through three gorges - Botghrar, Dades and Todgha - where we will spend the night in a guest house with a Berber family.
Off road journey from the gorge of Todgha towards Zagora crossing the mountain of Saghru eventually joining the N12 driving along the Draa Valley and visiting the oasis before arriving at our hotel in Zagora.
We will leave Zagora and head for M’hamid where we will have lunch at a Bedouin camp and afterwards take a camel ride crossing different oasis with sand dunes stoppng in Tamegrout to visit the old library and the living underground with the ceramic factory. The afternoon trip will go deeper in to the desert of Chigaga dunes where we will spend the night at the bivouac.
We will rise early to watch the sunrise and after breakfast we will set off in the direction of Iriki to see the dry lake before continuing to Foumzguid for lunch. In the evening we will arrive in Marrakesh where we will stay overnight.
After breakfast we will take a slow drive to Tangier and take the ferry back to Tarifa and drive to Benahavis.
SAMPLE ROUTE MAP
YOU WILL NEED TO BRING...
Bring some items against rain/frost/snow as we will be travelling over the Atlas mountains - some over 3000 metres.
It is best is to bring layers - the early morning can be cold but by midday the temperature rises.
International passport and credit card. Once we are in Tangier/Marrakesh we will all go to a cash machine to collect cash for personal spending/souvenirs. The cash machines give the best rates! Or bring some euros to change in the bank. IMPORTANT: Make sure you BRING COPIES of your passport and credit cards and it's also an idea to bring an alternative credit card... some work some don't! It is Africa after all.
Medical insurance card and if you have one bring your personal travel insurance. We are fully insured!
Sun protection lotion/after sun lotion. Sunglasses are a must!
Warm clothes including gloves and hats. Long and short trousers. Warm fleece. T-shirts and underwear for 8 days 7nights.
2 sets of shoes: Hiking and easy going. Warm fleece and light wind/waterproof jacket. Contact lenses/reading glasses. Personal hygiene items - but they can be purchased in the cities if necessary.
Do not forget a hands-free torch. A head torch is best. Electrical power plug adaptor (2 pins instead of 3) same as in Spain. Phone/tablet charger. WIFI is available in most places. Camera, charger, batteries and EXTRA memory stick. There is a charging plug in the vehicle.
Personal First Aid (minimum), although I do have a First Aid Kit on board. Personal medication. Stomach medication (especially for diarrhoea... remember, we are in Africa). Travel sickness medication if necessary but we do have some onboard.
Bedlinen and towels are provided but bring a small towel for hand and face wash on route. Toilet paper, napkins, wet wipes and dry gel for hand wash on route are all onboard.
Entertainment: All kind of drinks and beers are already on board along with sweets and biscuits! So bring nothing - except for your own smokes and lighter and your own choice of music
Also bring anything I have not thought of! Oh, and a happy adventurous spirit!
Now let's go and have some fun!!
Click here to read an article by Marga Lange, a freelance journalist who joined the "Sahara Adveture" with Marco Safari in October 2017. She wrote an article about that journey in her German magazine Spanien Aktuell.
Thank you Marga for the hard work.