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UNIQUE SUV EXPEDITIONS FROM THE SAHARA TO THE HIMALAYAS

Journeys designed by Dusko M DuSwami

 

Morocco & WesternSahara &

MAURITANIA + MALI + BURKINA FASO

Arrival in Casablanca, Morocco, then scenic drive to Sidi Ifni and on through Western Sahara to Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.


Western Sahara: endless cliffs, thermal oases, deserted beaches, a lot of wind and wide open space.


Mauritania: Atar, UNESCO’s Chinguetti and above all the cool oases (yes, plural) of Terjit and the surroundings. Nice architecture, refreshing gueltas, palm trees and a Saharan swim. Also in Mauritania: West Africa’s most colorful  fish market, on the beach about 10 km from Nouakchott, smoke a Tunisian water-pipe and enjoy the world’s most stunning beach drive 100 km north of Nouakchott. This is where the Atlantic and the Sahara meet. Gorgeous! On one condition: no sandstorms. Let’s hope for the best!

Then 3-4 days through the Southern Mauritanian Saharan “organic” countryside to Mauri-Mali border.


Mali: scenic north, vibrant musical Bamako. river crossing at Sorokoro, Koutiala, Kouri.

Mali’s regular tourist attractions such as Segou, Dogon, Djenne depend on the political situation when we arrive in Mali.


Burkina Faso: Banfora, Kolokolo, Sindou, wonderfully artistic Bobo Dioulasso with its very scenic countryside and its exotic villages. We explore the weird rock formations nearby and enjoy the Bobo musical scene. In the end transfer to Ouagadougou and flight home from Ouagadougou OR drive back to Bamako and flight home from Bamako.



We stay in a curious but extremely exotic and photogenic mix of hotels, campgrounds and Turkish pansiyons.  Your own sleeping bag is required, we provide the super fast 3-second tents. Yes, really 3 seconds. Last but not least: no alcohol in Mauritania.




Likely itinerary:

Day 1: Casablanca-Tiznit. Great medina, cool jewelry.


2: Tiznit - Sidi Ifni. Scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast.


3: Sidi - Guelmime - Tarfaya. Saint Exepury’s lonely town.


4: Tarfaya - Boujdour. Cool habrbour, grilled fish.


5: Boujdour - Dakhla. Most scenic

bay where the dunes meet the Atlantic. Great corniche, great coffee.


6: Dakhla - Mauritania border.


7: Super scenic border crossing and on to Nouadhoubiou. 40km.


8: Nouadhibou - Nouakchott. West Africa best fishing market.


9: Nouakchott - Chinguetti. Ancient libraries in Islam’s seventh holiest city... well... village in the middle of nowhere.


10: Chinguetti - Terjit. Fantastically beautiful oasis.


11: Terjit - pure desert chill-out


12: Terjit - Nouakchott/Boutlimit


13: Nouakchott/Boutlimit - Kiffa. 600km.


14: Kiffa - Mauri/Mali border. 350km.


15: border - Bamako. First baobabs appear of out subtropical nowhere .    480km.


16: Bamako. Music, great market, real food. Hey, hey!


17: Bamako - Segou. The Niger and the pirogues.


18: Segou - Koutiala - Mali/Burkina border.


19: border - Bobo Dioulasso. Cool Africa, cool music.


20: Bobo - Banfora. Great scenic rock formations, rivers, interesting village architecture.


21: Banfora - Sindou. More real Africa.


  1. 22.Sindou - Bobo. Last musical night in Burkina’s Bobo.150km


23: transfer to Ouagadougou Airport. 360km.


From 4200€.



Price includes:

  1. -accommodation in cozy little family-owned hotels, guesthouses - sometimes these can be exclusive establishments... sometimes a little  less exclusive...

  2. -ground transport in sturdy, comfortable, air-conditioned Japan made SUV’s

  3. -brilliant logistics & organization



Prices are based on 4 passengers per vehicle + guide/driver with booking made 6 months in advance. We still need to hear from you to finalize all the technicalities and the price.

If you want to travel as a couple or as a solo traveler, see the prices below:

1 passenger per vehicle: price above x3

2 passengers per vehicle: price above x2


Discover West Africa in the comfort of our comfortable Japan-made SUV’s: Toyota Land cruiser and Nissan Patrol. On board with you: AC, a good sound system and a cool mix of world music, jazz and smooth pop.