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Desert Travels ~ Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa

Desert Travels ~ Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa [Kindle Edition]

Chris Scott
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Welcome to the ebook edition of Desert Travels, originally written in the mid-1990s. It’s about 99% identical to the paper edition which is now just about out of print. A few words have been added to help clarify what country or even what century we’re in, and the detailed maps on the blog linked below will be a great help in following each trip. Desert Travels adds up to a 250-page paperback, or around 70,000 words.
Currently, following nearly a decade of much increased trafficking, banditry and terrorist activities, as well as nomadic rebellions and not least the recent outflow of weaponry and disenfranchised fighters from Libya, tourism in the central Sahara has collapsed or has become severely restricted. But it wasn't always like that. The 1980s were a Golden Age of independent desert exploration; post-colonial nations hadn't yet been beset by internal strife, while the glamour of the original Dakar Rally, as well as the advent of desert-capable motorcycles and 4x4s saw adventure travel flourish in the Sahara of Niger, Algeria and Mali. It’s unlikely those days will return. For once I found myself doing the right thing in the right place at the right time.

From the Author

In 1996 I was invited to write Desert Travels by the now defunct Travellers' Bookshop in Charing Cross, where I worked part time. It was a result of the popularity of my original home-produced guidebook, Desert Biking, which has evolved over the years into today's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, now in its fifth edition - and also provided material for Sahara Overland - both also available on amazon.
The travelogue, Desert Travels - Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa is now finally available here and covers my first six desert biking trips, starting in 1981 with a clueless and subsequently aborted Sahara crossing on a ratty XT500 aged 21 - and winding up about a decade later with a long and fractious ride from Algeria to Mauritania via Timbuktu with 'Steve', before Algeria went down the pan in the early 1990s.

But most of the book describes my original Sahara Motorcycle Tour of 1989 when I managed to scrape together half a dozen guys to follow me in a Landrover through the Algerian Sahara (so apart from the car, nothing's changed then!). As the back cover states - it was a tour from which only one rider returned still riding his bike...
The book is a paperback with some basic maps but you'll find 'Desert Travels; the Mis ing Pictures' on my adventure-motorcycling website.
One day I'll get around to D Travels II. There's certainly another book's worth of yarns to be spun. Enjoy the book and the pix.

Chris S

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00677KFRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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More About the Author

After getting into writing by contributing to bike magazines in the 80s, I bought an Amstrad, worked out how to turn it on and produced my first 'book' in the early 90s, a stapled A4 pamphlet called 'Desert Biking'. That evolved into the 'Adventure Motorcycling Handbook' (AMH), now in edition 6.1. I then covered the remoter corners of Australia for Rough Guides as well as updating other RG titles. Around that time 'Desert Biking' was taken up by the Travellers' Bookshop where I worked; they also published 'Desert Travels', my early Saharan travelogue/memoir now on Kindle.
In 1990 I produced 'Sahara Overland' for Trailblazer Guides, as well as newer editions of AMH, the 700-page 'Overlanders Handbook' ('AMH' for cars and trucks), and most recently 'Morocco Overland II'. I also enjoy updating some of Trailblazer's British walking guides.
With my regular books ticking along, I'm currently working on an urban 'motobiography' set around my motorcycle despatching and squatting years in 1980s London with a provisional subtitle: 'this is not a handbook...' That will come out as an ebook and in paper when it's ready.
To find out more about me and my books visit:,,, and

Thanks for visiting

Chris S

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Good story with a lot of examples on what not to do when crossing the sahara, and how to survive your mistakes ! A very honest account from a man who makes his living from travelling the desert.
A good travel story and a must read for anyone taking a vehicle to North Africa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have info for the traveller 28 Sep 2013
By Claire
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A very informative look at travelling Sahara and W.Africa. Amusingly written and easy to digest. It contains a realistic view of what can be expected of vehicles, people and the travellers themselves. A good blend of technical information as well as cultural and
Historic insights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well writen 17 Aug 2013
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well writen and informative. worth the purchase price. recommended. a map would make it more user friendly. will look out formore of his books
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