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algeria and sahara overland

hi all,

new poster, new to the sahara, planning a trip south-north across it in september this year.....

the propoposed route is as follows. fly zurich->lagos/nigeria, benin, niger, algeria, tunisia, italy, switzerland (home) by land. i plan to travel with my girlfriend and we will use a combination of public transport and paid rides. i do not plan on driving.

1. is september an ok month for this? according to my rough schedule, i will be in agadez by mid september and crossing into tunisia at the start of october. basically, is september still damn hot, or have things started to cool off by then? what about the amount of traffic going in my direction at this time of year?

2. i want to make a trip from tam to assekrem and back. will it be possible to organise a driver for this trip? what about going all the way to djanet and then north to avoid double back to tam? would appreciate comments on the logistics and possibilities of doing this without own transport.

i would consider myself very experienced in asia, but this will be my first time to africa. please comment only on the doability of the trip. i know the risks.

thanks

paul

ps for peter8769, according to a trip report i read during the planning of my trip, it is possible to cross the land border from tunisia to algeria as an individual.

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hi all,

new poster, new to the sahara, planning a trip south-north across it in september this year.....

the propoposed route is as follows. fly zurich->lagos/nigeria, benin, niger, algeria, tunisia, italy, switzerland (home) by land. i plan to travel with my girlfriend and we will use a combination of public transport and paid rides. i do not plan on driving.

1. is september an ok month for this? according to my rough schedule, i will be in agadez by mid september and crossing into tunisia at the start of october. basically, is september still damn hot, or have things started to cool off by then? what about the amount of traffic going in my direction at this time of year?

IT WILL STILL BE HOT, TRAFFIC DENSITY LOW BUT CERTAINLY CONSTANT (PERHAPS 3-4 VEHICLES PER DAY IN EACH DIRECTION BETWEEN ARLIT -ASSAMAKKA - IN GUEZZAM - TAMANRASSET)

YOU WILL (ALMOST CERTAINLY) HAVE TO PAY THE DRIVER OF THE 4WD/LORRY ETC. CARRY ENOUGH WATER FOR YOURSELVES, BE CAREFUL IF YOU WILL BE ON TOP OF A LORRY (IN THE SUN AND WIND).

2. i want to make a trip from tam to assekrem and back. will it be possible to organise a driver for this trip?

YES, ANY TOURIST AGENCY IN CENTRE OF TAMANRASSET CAN ORGANISE - SHOP AROUND

what about going all the way to djanet and then north to avoid double back to tam?

ALSO POSSIBLE, SLIGHTLY LESS TRAFFIC THAN ARLIT-TAMANRASSET

would appreciate comments on the logistics and possibilities of doing this without own transport.

YOU ARE VULNERABLE TO PRICE HIKES ETC., BUT BY NO MEANS IMPOSSIBLE.

i would consider myself very experienced in asia, but this will be my first time to africa. please comment only on the doability of the trip. i know the risks.

PERFECTLY DO-ABLE, AND LOW RISK IF YOU AREN'T CARRYING WADS OF DOLLARS ETC. (KEEP ALERT, AS PER YOUR ASIAN EXPERIENCE)

thanks

paul

ps for peter8769, according to a trip report i read during the planning of my trip, it is possible to cross the land border from tunisia to algeria as an individual.

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You could also fly from Tam to Djanet - at about 25 quid or so I would regard this as the scenic flight bargain of the century. Then transport up north (sealed) is not so hard.
Tam Ask are usually overnight round trips as to go on to Djanet they would virtually come back to Tam anyway.

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