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Saharan loop

I have a saharan "loop" trip in mind by 4x4. Does anyone know if the following route is possible;

Tunis to Tripoli
tripoli to Ghat and on to Djanet
Then to Tamanrasset and onto Agadez
From Agadez to Niamey and onto Gao
From Gao through to Dakar and up the Atlantic route to leave via Tangiers.

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Yes easily do-able on a first time trip. Only problem is if only one car then the guides in Libya and Alg will be relatively expensive...

You could miss out Senegal (possible car importation problems) and go direct to Mori via Nioro if you like.

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excellent. thanks for that info.
Do you know roughly how long i should allow?
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Hi,

I was planning a similar route this year, but have had to postpone 'till 2005. Uk, France, Italy, Libya, Niger, Burkina, Mali, Maurit., Maroc, Spain, France, UK.

I was planning on 10 weeks, which would have meant hard travel some days, but time to relax in others.

Would be interested to hear if others think that was realistic ? etc.

Pete
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Never done it but IMO, 8-10 weeks should plenty.

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No way to cross the border at Tim Alkoum without permit. The border is close in both sense for tourism purposes.

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What is the deal with the political situation on a route like this? I see the foreign office advises against all travel to Tammenrasset and Djanet. Are people still travelling this route? It also warns about the border areas of Libya/Niger. I don't want a guided tour but I don't really fancy being kidnapped by islamic extremists either; that would put a bit of a downer on the trip!
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There are even limitations to guided tours in southern Algeria (sometimes you are stopped travelling from Tam to Djanet, sometimes it's ok) and there is a general threat by - let's call them regional bandits or mafia clans. With the actual escalation in Niger it might be a good idea to wait and see - the desert isn't running away.

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