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Hi Rui Pedro,

I'll be about 10 days behind you on a similar route - perhaps we'll see each other. Which ferry company did you book with for Almeria-Ghazaouet?

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Hi Gottoride,

I booked with Acciona / Transmediterranea, the spanish operator. It seems to be the only company is this crossing. All the rest of the ticket-offices were closed in Almeria. You will travel by car or motorbike? The departures from Almeria are once a week, all tuesdays by midnight, to arrive at Ghazaouet in the early moning, at 7.30-8.00 AM. The returns are all wednesdays, by 14.00. If you travel one week after, I can wait for you at breakfast time near the harbour. Looks possible...


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Thanks, Rui Pedro!

I have a ticket from Alicante to Oran which I have to reschedule and have arranged that the compulsory guide meets me in Oran, so I'll probably not go to Ghazaouet. However, there's more and more interest locally (South Africa) to travel through the Sahara, so the info will be passed on.

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Chris,
Heading out from home (UK) 20th March, meeting Faoud or colleague 28th March - any use? 2 Landies so maybe 5 tents each? Let me know.


From Chris S: Thanks Sandinmytoes - tent delivery is sorted. Ch

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ferry prices to Algeria Feb 2010

Talking about ferry routes and prices to Algeria, I just got a leaflet from Southern Ferries in London with these prices, all low season returns for 1 car, 1 pax, 1 seat.
  • Marseille to Alger, Oran, etc from £316 ("short stay special")
  • Alicante to Alger & Oran from £388
  • Almeria to Ghazaouet and Oran from £330
  • Mars' or Genoa to Tunis from £405 ("Escapade special offer")
With a high/long car, a cabin and more pax I'm sure these prices could easily double.

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Djanet to Tam A6?

Sorry, are we allowed to post links to youtube?

Just curious to know, does the route in this video appear to be the A6 as detailed in Sahara Overland, or has the driver taken a different route?

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I think this movie is a mix of different routes, It starts and ends with a view of the orientation table at ASSEKREM and mix tracks Hoggar and Ajjers

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Here some videos of our trip last november :

http://www.t-cap.info/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=4289&mnu_modecol=W
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Thanks Eric I enjoyed watching some of your videos. Makes me want to get out there right now! Thanks again.
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Hi everybody,

Great thread, good information, thanks to all. I'm also planning to cross Algeria in early June this year. I will enter from Libya, follow the coast line and then take the ferry from Ghazaouet to Almeria. How long in advance do you think I should book my ferry ticket? I don't want to stuck in Ghazaouet. Also do you know how much it will cost me to get a guide from border to border - if Algerian officials force me to do so?

Thanks again and have a safe ride
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According what I knew, the border between Libya and Algeria is closed for foreigners, you have cross through Tunisia.
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Hi all,

sad news: the link Djanet - Tam is now really closed for tourists, the Gendarms are instructing the guide and are enforcing the block. Exact reasons are not given. I would not expect a reopening before summer.
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According what I knew, the border between Libya and Algeria is closed for foreigners, you have cross through Tunisia.
To be confirm

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Whoops, my bad! I totally forgot Tunisia. No more posting before coffee in the morning. I'm planning to stick to the coast road all the way from Alexandreia to the Ghazaouet due to security concerns.
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sad news: the link Djanet - Tam is now really closed for tourists, the Gendarms are instructing the guide and are enforcing the block. Exact reasons are not given. I would not expect a reopening before summer.
Oh, that is sad indeed. What could be the reason??? And what areas are still open? Is there a site (other than the HUBB) where one can find updated and correct information for Algeria?
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sad news: the link Djanet - Tam is now really closed for tourists, the Gendarms are instructing the guide and are enforcing the block. Exact reasons are not given. I would not expect a reopening before summer.
Could they have closed the route because of the Trans Sahara Rally that is due to go through there in less than 2 weeks time? Their itinerary shows they will be crossing between Djanet and Tam. If the security is being taken as seriously as the rally orgaisers are suggesting, maybe they have closed it in advance in preparation? Hopefuly thats all it is, otherwise this is really sad news.

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Good point Dave…

…or eventually they received some treats from AQUIM. A rally is always a “good” thing to call attention…
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