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The Sahara Desert remains one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious wildernesses. Looking beyond the romance of shimmering oases and magical dunes, this fully revised and expanded 2nd edition is a comprehensive handbook to understanding and exploring the world's most fascinating and mysterious wilderness.

Inside you will find over 70 GPS routes and detailed itineraries so whether you're planning a week's excursion in Morocco or a two-month trans-Saharan expedition this ...

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Overview

The Sahara Desert remains one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious wildernesses. Looking beyond the romance of shimmering oases and magical dunes, this fully revised and expanded 2nd edition is a comprehensive handbook to understanding and exploring the world's most fascinating and mysterious wilderness.

Inside you will find over 70 GPS routes and detailed itineraries so whether you're planning a week's excursion in Morocco or a two-month trans-Saharan expedition this guide offers all the advice, background information and inspiration to complete your journey safely.

Inside you will find:
· Transport – review of the choices available for travel by 4WD, motorcycle and bicycle plus an extended section of travel by camel
· Documentation - what you need and where to get it
· Preparing your vehicle – (without spending a fortune) and improvising repairs in the Sahara
· Trans-Mediterranean ferries
· Desert driving and riding techniques
· Navigation and survival - what to do when things go wrong
· Background information - Saharan people, prehistoric art and land forms
· Tough hard-back cover and sewn binding
· Plus 300 B&W and 30 color photographs

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Sahara Overland: A Route & Planning Guide is the first truly comprehensive guidebook to one of the world's most compelling and challenging environments, North Africa's Sahara Desert. Ranging from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains to the Red Sea, Sahara Overland is ideal for Saharan travelers whether for a weekend excursion, a week long vacation, or a season spanning safari. Thirty-five detailed itineraries are available, covering more than 15,000 miles through nine countries: Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad and Egypt. The only Saharan guidebook covering all aspects of traveling the great desert by vehicle, Sahara Overland provides tips on how not to get lost, and what to do when things go wrong. Chris Scott's informative, "traveler friendly" text is enhanced with fifty maps and more than 300 b&w and color photographs. If you are planning a trip through the Sahara, begin with acquiring and throughly reading Chris Scott's Sahara Overland.
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"A good chunky guide that gets right to the heart of desert travel."
--Michael Palin

"I ran across your Sahara Overland book in a bookstore in Sacramento, California and bought it without a second thought. Thank you for putting together the most useful book I've ever encountered on travelling in this part of the world."
--Lawrence Beck

"The essential Sahara guide."
--The Sunday Times (United Kingdom)

"Desert Bible."
--Land Rover International

"I'm not going to mince words here, this book is THE essential desert companion for anyone planning a Saharan desert trip."
--Trailbike Magazine (United Kingdom)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781873756263
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/2000
  • Series: Overland Guides Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Scott first visited the Sahara on a motorcycle in 1981, describing this and his other eventful trips in Desert Travels. Since then he's traveled in the desert with cars, 4WDs and small trucks as well as both organizing and joining tours to the Sahara. He's also written the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, also from Trailblazer, and covered the sandy regions for the Rough Guide to Australia. He maintains the Sahara Travel Information (STI) website (sahara-overland.com).
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Sahara Overland, 2nd

A Route and Planning Guide
By Scott, Chris

Trailblazer Publications

Copyright © 2004 Scott, Chris
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1873756763

To see the earth in its natural, elemental state, untouched by human endeavor, is a rare and humbling experience. From its sun-scorched plateaus to its sublime sand seas, the Sahara makes a strong and lasting impression. Few experiences can match the thrill of carving virgin tracks across a dune, drinking tea in a nomad's tent, or setting up camp beneath a cliff face fired red by the setting sun.

Of course, in a world where telecommunications, signposts, piped water and emergency services are all taken for granted, the thought of visiting a region without these safety nets can be daunting. Even with satellite navigation, travel in the Sahara can be a demanding undertaking, and some will relish the return to civilization.

But when you've tasted the exhilaration of driving for days through the desert, you'll find this satisfaction enhanced by an appreciation of your self-sufficiency and a growing confidence in your route-finding skills. Approaching your next supply point will always be a relief but once you arrive, even the languor of a small village will make you wish you'd lingered in the sands a little longer.

Along with the ability to navigate competently, suitably prepared and provisioned transportation, be it with two wheels, four wheels or four legs and a hump, is vital to any desert venture. But this is something that is often miscalculated by the first-time visitor--it certainly was for me back in 1981. This is the book I wish I'd had then, offering guidelines as opposed to rules on exploring the desert. Advice on preparation takes up the biggest part of this book because, with the exception of organized tours, it will absorb the bulk of your time and money before you even reach the desert. It's followed by an outline of travel opportunities and detailed itineraries across the entire Sahara with accounts of what life on the piste is actually like.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Sahara Overland, 2nd by Scott, Chris Copyright © 2004 by Scott, Chris. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

(1) PLANNING AND PREPARATION Where and when, The Big Plan, Visas, documents and money, Organized tours
(2) VEHICLES 4WD vehicles, Survey of 4WDs, Preparation and equipment, Loading and packing, Camping equipment and food, Desert driving, Vehicle maintenance and repairs (3) DESERT BIKING Choosing a bike, Bike preparation, Two-wheel camping, Riding techniques, Cycling in the Sahara (4) IN THE DESERT Travelling in Africa, Health, Water, Navigation and maps, Safety and emergencies, Photography (5) THE SAHARAN ENVIRONMENT Desert landforms, Saharan prehistory and rock art, Peoples of the Sahara (6) ITINERARIES Crossing Europe and the Mediterranean, Routes in the Sahara, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Chad, Niger, Mali (7) APPENDICES A. Some books on the Sahara, B. French-English technical glossary, C. Fuel consumption conversion table, D. Notes on contributors, E. Suppliers' directory (8) INDEX
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