Off the beaten track and back in two weeks...
... that's what I want to try to do.
I'm a relative newcomer to desert travel having only loitered round the edges in Egypt back in '93 and more recently forayed into the Erg Chebbi, Morocco three years ago.
I'm no stranger to budget travel and roughing it with the locals though, and am keen to go and do just that in the Sahara later this year.
Problem is, as the proud father of a 6 month old baby girl I've had my wings severely clipped and am only being "allowed" 2-3 weeks max to go and relieve my itchy feet.
I'm looking for advice from any desert veterans out there as to what my best options are. The more off the beaten track the better as far as I'm concerned. I've looked at Sudan and Chad, but it seems there are too many restrictions with movement outside of their respective capital cities.
Niger looks promising, but I'm getting the impression I'd be hard pushed to get from Niamey into the Air Mountains and the Tenere region and back in the time I have available to me.
Algeria looks the best option at the moment, but how easy is it to fly into Tam, and what's the score with budget accommodation once there? Are there guides for hire who would take me into the Hoggar for a few days? Etc...
My main objective is to photograph the people and the landscapes. I'm looking at traveling in September.
Any advice gratefully recveived.