Thanks Chris. I'm inclined to give it a go, but stupidly I've only just read the bit on your site about having to pay for a guide if you want a tourist visa in Algeria. I'll be on a bike and I don't want the expense or the company of a guide in a 4x4 - for me the whole point of crossing the Sahara is to enjoy the scenery and the emptiness in solitude. If I have to pay for a guide in Algeria (as well as Libya) it seems that doing the Hoggar route this year will be ruinously expensive and no fun. So I'm now very depressed and thinking I'll have to give the Sahara a miss. Is this a sensible conclusion? I haven't done this before so please don't shrink from stating the obvious. Have I missed some other possibility? For example, let's say I entered Algeria from Ghat with a transit visa giving me, say, three days to make my transit....and then spent a week or two exploring pistes at my leisure, and upon exiting the country, blamed my overstay on mechanical trouble or illness. What sort of trouble might result?
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