did this in 2006 with the PDC, and again in 2008 on our own
we used a suzuki sj413 which was fab, but teamed up with 2 brothers and their wives in a pair of montego estates which managed ok. this was before the nouakchott/nouadhibu link road was built. we went via rosso which I would avoid. next time travelling on our own in 2 landcruisers we went via the barage, which involves about 80km on tracks but would be fine for a 2wd, lots have done it. van wheels and tyres are useful if you can get them as they are tougher. make some sand ladders for yourself (from wood if necessary)and carry a good pump and tyre pressure gauge. airing your tyres down will get you out of most problems. would defo agree with falling in with other teams, for safety, mutual support and relief from your co driver. I had to be restrained from taking to my dad with a shovel at one point. being in a car with someone for 3 weeks does strange things to you!! the better you know them, the worse it seems to be.
you can read about our exploits in Me, Dad and the Plymouth to Dakar which is available on ebay.
Me, dad, and the Plymouth to Dakar suzuki expedition on eBay (end time 08-Aug-10 10:43:19 BST)
I am suprised they are still running it given the FO advice on Mauritania. whats the situation there now?
1990 Landcruiser H60. Full rebuild completed 2014
2012 Hilux, mountain top and bedrug with GG AT2s