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Sahara Overland: A Route and Planning Guide (Trailblazer Overland Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2000
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If you are the kind of traveller who embraces the adventurous, this astonishingly detailed and authoritative route and planning guide to one of the most staggering possible destinations will be right up your street. When so much of the world is at our fingertips, with the undiscovered shrinking day by day, the Sahara Desert is still one of the most mysterious wildernesses on the planet. The popular image provided by movies like Lawrence Of Arabia or The English Patient is of shimmering oases and photogenic dunes. But Chris Scott, while taking on board the fond perceptions of the Sahara most of us have, ensures thatSahara Overlandis a clear-eyed guide to what could be the adventure of a lifetime. (Although it has to be said that this is a trip for travellers with backbone: those who like a laid-back holiday need not apply).
Tackling both a week's excursion to Morocco or a two-month trans-Saharan expedition, Scott dispenses such essential advice as the documentation required (what is needed, and how to obtain it--not always a straightforward matter), details of the trans-Mediterranean ferries and 35 off-road routes covering 16,000km in nine countries. A key aspect of this comprehensively illustrated guide is the attention paid to the choice of transport. Whether you are planning to get around by motorcycle, bicycle or even camel, Scott tells you how to obtain and prepare your vehicle in the most economic fashion.
Of course it wouldn't be an adventure holiday without the possibility of something going wrong, and on this subject Scott is in his element. He tells the traveller how to improvise repairs, how to deal with navigational and even survival problems in the kind of lucid and easily grasped prose that many will find highly comforting. Along with 45 maps, there is much fascinating detail on Saharan peoples, pre-historic art and the amazing land forms. Read Scott's challenging guide to find out what you may really be capable of. --Barry Forshaw
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Inside you'll find information on: documentation, what you need and how to get it; choice of transport; preparing your vehicle without spending a fortune; Trans-Mediterranean ferries; thirty-five off-road routes and detailed itineraries, many with GPS waypoints, covering 16,000km in nine countries; improvising repairs, plus desert driving and riding techniques; navigation and survival, what to do when things go wrong; background on the Saharan people, prehistoric art and land forms. Also included are 45 maps, 280 black and white photographs and 26 color photographs. (5 1/4 x 8 1/4, 544 pages, color photos, b&w photos, maps, charts, diagrams)
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Chris Scott provides an exhaustive account of the subject in a no-nonsense style intended for first time desert travellers plus detailed routes descriptions (complete with GPS waypoints) which would be useful for anyone. There is no english language publication to compare. Subjects covered include vehicles & equipment required, visa and document requirements, driving tips, how to avoid and deal with emergencies, and suggested itineraries.
I have just completed a trans-saharan trip planned almost entirely on the basis of the excellent advice in this book and would have been at a loss without it. There is no English language publication on the subject to compare.
Aside from a couple of minor inaccuracies in the route descriptions and the fact that Scott is so keen to present a clear-eyed account of what you are getting yourself into that he occasionally verges on discouragement, there really isnt much to crticise.
CS next book the Overlanders Handbook should also be excellent.
we took out 4x4 ex army overland truck last year from Iceland via europe, west africa and central africa, all the way down to south africa, this book was a great help. i would highly recommend it.
In January 2015 we will be doing another overland tour again...if anyone wants to join us on the trip...please check out
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