Western Sahara desert

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Africa Orbital, Western Sahara

Darren writes on 9/11/10

On the piste!

We set off from Tan Tan, in the south of morocco on the 5th to cross through the desert into Western Sahara by piste (track).

The end of the tar came after 40miles where we came to a small village where we asked for directions… We got laughed at and pointed east into the desert by 4 old men who seemed to be the only residents in town. The first patch of sand sent us into a wobble…

Yes, sand is difficult!

oh dear maybe we should have put on our knobblies, but feeling lazy we carried on with our road/intermediate tyres. The desert was beautiful. A vast expanse of nothing but sand and stone, with the odd camel herd here and there and the occasional Berber nomad. The first night camping, 60miles on, gave a fantastic show of shooting stars and the stars.. there were so many of them from horizon to horizon, 360 degrees.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sunrise cuppa

Best camp site ever


The next day we came to Labouriat, a village a hundred miles from the nearest community..

The people who live in the middle of nowhere

They were surprised to see us and we were surprised we had managed to navigate there as we had long before lost the piste.

We then tried to navigate to a town south of there where we thought we could find fuel. We got a bit lost but found a Nomads tent where we thought we could ask the direction. We were invited in for tea and bread dipped in warm goats butter.

Yahweh provides!

Yum yum when you’re hungry! We never did find the town, Jidiriya that night and started to become a little concerned about fuel and water. Ah ha the next day we did but it wasn’t the glass city full of restaurants and supermarkets we thought, but a dozen half built houses owned by old Landrover owners. We asked for petrol and nearly got filled with diesel from a chaps drum store.. We ate some bread, oil and dates but found no petrol. Opps we had a couple of litres in our tanks and 5 each in a can.

Whoopie, fuel! Prayer answered

We left on a prayer. 20 miles down the track we met a landrover. After greetings we were offered 5 litres of fuel… The answer to our prayer! So with that and the cans we were carrying we just about made it to a town. Passed on from there and another night in the tents before the last 60 miles to Laaynoune, which was rioting and slightly on fire, and south to Dakhla.

Miles and miles!

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  1. Kristina says:

    Amazing photographs! Da, are you happy now you’ve got the camera to do it? )) xx

  2. Alex Metzger says:

    Great photos guys! Keep up the good work! Remember to have fun!

  3. Cat says:

    Hey guys,
    Secondly… Im so jealous!!! He he! 🙂
    Your write ups sound so incredible, Im so excited just reading them and your photos make me want to fly out tomorrow!! Hope your enjoying that lush weather, if it gets a bit too hot you could blow a little our way to help cool you!!! It almost freezing here!
    Take care guys,
    Thinking about you both and praying all continues to go well,
    Big hugs
    Cat 🙂

  4. Peter Jones says:

    Its all on now boys. Great photos

  5. Mike says:

    Great blog + Awesome Photos!!! I’ve been looking on this every couple of days to see what you are up to 🙂

    Hope you guys are having fun. I’m sooo jealous!

    Here’s a link about the rioting with photo: http://readingmorocco.blogspot.com/2010/11/moroccan-forces-raid-protest-camp-in.html

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