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Hello,

I am planning a 4wd trip to the Sahara, ideally the Libyan Sahara, in March / April 2008.

I've spent the last several years traveling around the world with my girlfriend and some close friends. Sadly when I told them of my latest and greatest idea of traversing the Sahara, it looks like this years trip is going to be a solo trip :-( After having done some research on the Sahara, and being captivated by its beauty, not doing the trip is not an option ;-)

While in principle I have no problem doing the trip solo, I simply don't have enough desert experience to do it safely. That combined with the fact that you need a guide in countries like Libya means I will need to do this as part of a group. I'm not a huge fan of being part of a tour. Often I find them rather restrictive, over touristy, isolating and a generally a difficult way to truly experience a country and its culture.

With all of that said, I've got two questions. First, is it possible to join up with another expedition and if so where is the best place to find one? This site? Another site? Second, if joining up with an expedition isn't possible, can someone recommend a good tour company that offers something more than the typical guide you by the hand group tour?

Thanks in advance,
Jason
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1. Have you got a vehicle? Check Chris Scotts site - sometimes has expeditions going boldly where none has gone before...

2. Alternative ----- Have you considered the Moroccan Sahara - was there 2 years ago and your less restricted on where you can go. You also have options to hit Western Sahara and into Muratania/mali - not to mention thge atlas and Reefer mountains

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Hi last 2 years i have been to Tunisia and this year Libya went with Frank from saharatravel.co.uk it was good and he don't hold your hand at all but did have to keep going all the time more so in Libya but think for next year he is taken 2 days longer to do the trip 19 days and not 16 days that we did it in.

This way you would gain your desert experience from other with experience

Next Easter a group of us are off to morocco which will be our first time doing a trip on our own so to speck if you would like to know more on our trip let me know

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Niallo,

Actually I had not fully considered Morocco. The less restrictions and the fact that my french might be somewhat useful there actually opens up some possibilities. Thanks for the tip, I'm going to have to do some more research into it!

Dave,

Thanks for the tip about saharatravel.co.uk. I would actually like to know more about your trip to Morocco, I'll send you a private message on that though.

Thanks again!
Jason
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Dave,

Tried to send you a PM but apparently I need to post 8 things before I get that privilage :-( If you need to contact me I can be reached at jrvirtue at gmail dot com

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Hi Jason have sent you email

look here on hubb this will tell you a bit more http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...r-2008-a-30826
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