I did not have problems. Arrived at night because we set out late from Tombouctou and I drove carefully with nearly flat tires. Never feared of loosing the track. It was nowhere near as demanding as other stuff I have done (far away, no tracks, no other vehicles, deeeeep sand). Yes it is desert, be prepared in all respects, don't underestimate, take ur time. re ur picture: Locals' vehicles usually aren't prepared. No oil, no diesel, no water, engine hardly maintained, locals never deflate tires in sand, 20 people on top of a pick-up. But locals themselves know cope when stranded, know to survive in dire conditions, also they have time, don't have a plane to catch Monday after, that takes them back. Cheers Manfred
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