Travel advice needed for front wheel drive.
From the UK to Mali - Essakane Festival of the desert - in a front wheel drive.
An ambitious project in any vehicle I suspect, but if an experienced 4WD desert traveller had to do it in a front wheel drive, how would they go about it - prep, route (preferably 'roads', even if the long way round), equipment, etc? I've done some research already, but for a trans Russia trip next year. I'd originally planned a short practice run/holiday to Morrocco for a couple of weeks this autumn, but Essakane came to my notice and, being a music lover, just wondered if it could be done. It's a serious question on my part and may be above many of you, but I'd like the benifit of your advice and experience. If the answer is no, you wouldn't attempt it, please say why you don't think it's possible. It could be harder than you think!
For the record, I have a Lada Samara 1300 with a genuine 20,000 miles on the clock. The car is in excellent order, it's as solid as a rock, very easy to work on and has the suspension of a pram. It's one of the early ones with higher ground clearance. These cars have a proven reputation of reliability on long distant travel - which is why I've chosen it, as have many others on charity rallies to The Gambia and Mongolia.
I've a feeling I'm not in Kansas anymore.