|| Sahara Crosser's Corner
Advice to the Novice
The greatest danger
in crossing the Sahara probably lies in not taking it seriously. When political
issues are not a major concern, many people cross the Sahara without problems.
Roads have been vastly improved over the last decades, and only a few stretches
remain that must be taken off-road. On these distances, the local authorities
are usually notified by radio communication, and are expecting you when
you arrive. Should you not turn up in time, they will start searching for
you. However, people have died in the past, and still do, occasionally.
So don't do silly things, like bringing insufficient amounts of water,
or driving dangerously. Desert driving is not a game. If you are planning
to cross the Sahara for the first time, be prudent, do not travel alone,
and make sure you travel with people you can rely on. You should travel
in a group with at least 2 vehicles, so that if one of them would break
down, there would still be one left. Cars do break down in the Sahara.
Once you get there, you will see the wrecks for yourself. When Eden crossed
the Sahara for the first time in 1986, we counted the wrecks along the
road. Between Tamanrasset and Arlit, there were more than 200. Today there
are fewer, as many of them have been cleaned up.
Finally, political issues are a concern in many Saharan countries today,
so make sure you feel safe about a country before entering it.
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