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To do North Africa Overland or Not? Any Info?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi Folks,

I am just putting together plans for another trip. I thought about North Africa Overland?

I have been to Morocco 3 years ago and I spent 3 months there and enjoyed, I have also enjoyed the mid east etc and have lived in West Africa for over 2 years. So I am accustomed to a mix of conditions.

However, on starting off my research I have found that both Libya and Algeria require quite an amount of visa work. And they both require signed up tours to have the visa approved. Also desert trips are quite high in price. Some people tell me that in Libya in particular going on public will mean regular passport checks, which is fine, but if you are heading to a remote village or town without an assigned guide you are booted back.

I was thinking of getting visas in Cairo and then heading across. But really this seems more of headache and wallet destroyer than its worth. I could for the same price get a flight to Namibia for desert stuff than take a 'tour' in Libya.

Don't get me wrong, travelling in both of these countries sounds incredible, that's why I want to do it. But at I also have to weigh up the cost to benefit margins too. Not to mention the limitations imposed by a travel tour. Let's look at this as a backpacker style trip.

If anyone has any info on people who have gone overland in N.Africa please could you let me know, blogs, website of their experiences etc. Or just plain info that you know.

It's not a trip many people undertake so I don't expect a huge response but then again, if you don't ask!

Please no tour guide offerings on this post!!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 23, 2008, at 12:20 AM by outcast ]

2. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

i think the first place i would look is on the Africa Overland Network site. This is a portal for independent travel sites of people that are currently on an overland or who have been on one all over the world. Most of the sites are people who are diving overland in a 4x4, but there are some people on motorcycles, bicycles, foot, and one lady on a tractor. If you go to the Africa section, you can see who has gone through Northern Africa. Most of them will have gone through egypt onto the sudan, however some cross through the Mediterranean into Algeria and several have gone through Libya. Several of them have mentioned that they had to have an extra seat in their vehicle for their Libyian escort. Good luck! I hope that helps!

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks for the link, am reading over it now. Information is scarce about this part of the world... a good reason to go!:)

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

Thanks for the link, am reading over it now. Information is scarce about this part of the world... a good reason to go!:)

info is indeed scarce, meaning an extra incentive to go indeed;)
I assume i dont have to tell u abt the safety situation in Algeria, I hear its still not entirely safe. But then i dont know how you go, if u take a big rifle i guess u'll be fine;)

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

if u take a big rifle i guess u'll be fine;)

I'd rather just take my camera

Thanks for the heads up;)

6. Posted by djanet (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

hi there
i hope my response is not so late , conserning the formalities to get a visa to algeria is not that complicated all you need is an invitation from an agency or any person living here, and once you are in algeria and willing to travel to the south for example you can travel on your own using your personal map, restrictions are made on some remote places in the desert that requires a guide.

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9. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 8y

The bible - Sahara Overland by Chris Scott