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Atar or Faya in February?

Not one to ever give up on Africa, Maurice Freund of Pointe-Afrique airlines recommend a trip to Atar in February.
"Maurice Freund Atar confirms flights in February 2012. Point Africa is ready for the challenge, in association with the Mauritanian government. It remains to find the passengers ... We count on you!"
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He wants to start up Chad but had this reply from Quai d'Orsay

Sahara: reopening of Chad | Food, Drink & Travel
Hard to get support when there are SAM missiles around.
They are flying to Mopti but perhaps that will come to a halt now?

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Chad tours

At least he got a good answer about Faya. Perhaps Maurice F should ask for help from 'Le Directeur'?

Checked again the other day and Le Point stopped doing Chad (that food & drink link is 6 months old), but my impression is that despite 'Libya', Chad is going through one of its periodic lulls when it's safe to travel. They don't seem to come very often and maybe its already too unsafe, as the letter suggests.

I get the feeling legit Sahara trade and tourism is like a river: as one area gets blocked the flow finds another way round - as with Mori, Libya and Gilf opening up in the 90s when Alg and Niger were too risky.

Some may remember Ginge Fullen from the book (p377 - The Last Saharan Summit). As it happens he is trying to help start up an agency for the north of Chad with his former guides - or maybe its the other way round. If anyone wants a contact, send a PM. Prices about the same as Niger. It won't be Abercrombie & Kent, but what is in Chad.

I wish I'd jumped at the chance with an LPA tour to Faya.

Forum contrib Gerbert was there last year. One of the few:
Sahara Overland ~ Tibesti 2010

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Freund is actually going ahead with both Atar and Faya.

Four flights to Chad in February. Get yer tickets now - he need 330 passengers to break even!
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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-...07517802611217
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No tickets for sale yet as far as I could see.
The thing is, will they offer a circuit with the vols?
I'd hope so otherwise landing Faya is a bit of a jump in the deep end.

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Dunno if he can get bookings when there are so many ifs and buts.
Website is not working properly...but straight from Maurice Freund

for Atar: "the decision is in the hands of the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Mauritania"
for Faya Largeau: "Prix d une randonnée 8 jours au pied de de L Emi Koussi (" les plus beaux tassili que je n ai jamais vu....à 80klms au Nord dee Faya" dixit Jack Bollet le createur de Nomades) 1280 euros tout compris"
"15 days circuit has three main stages (4 days Tibesti) ... 3 days between Fada and Faya (via lakes Ounianga) 4 days in Ennedi and 3 days to get to N'Djamena or reverse depending on the date of departure" variable price 4x4 €160/d
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And now there will actually be charter tourism to the heart of Sahara this season!


So here's your chance Chris
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More on Tchad charter tourism

Good article
http://www.trekmag.com/News/1165-poi...r-le-tchad.htm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point...68090186562579
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Coronation in the desert - thousands expected to attend in Zouar when the 37th Derde emperor of the toubou Rozi Barkai ascends the throne on January 29.

A rare event! Culture Toubou | Facebook

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Last minute decision, Mauri government decides to support the Ouadane festival by organizing a flight from Paris, 4-8 Februari.
Circuit Atar - Ouadane - Chinguetti - Atar four days with 4x4 €150 + 97 tax
Visas to be done upon arrival for €20

In cooperation with Pointe Afrique

Tickets on sale start monday Point-Afrique.com or tel. +33 (0)4 75 97 20 40

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Paris-Atar tourist flights

A charter flight with 130 French tourists out of Paris to Atar arrived in Mauri on Sunday - as a 'proof of concept' to kick-start tourism in Northern Mauri. Saharan version of the avalanche poodle.

Mauritania takes tourists to red zone | News24
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Pointe Afrique made it to Chad
but are facing problems with french military who refuse them to fuel up....time for plan B
Point Afrique Ennedi | Facebook

one flight was also made to Atar - Ouadane for the festival
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In the latest newletter Freund tells how Sarkozy made him loose €224600 and the extreme fatigue he suffered after negotiating with locals and various authorities for months, finally woving never to offer Chad again (although the trips made were mostly successful).
But then he may change his mind again with some coercion
and indeed, they will fly to Faya again december 2012
http://www.point-afrique.com/newslet...letter046.html

This is the only exception to the abrupt decline of tourism to the rest of Sahara.

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