Archive for the ‘Dakhla Challenge’ Category
When we drove from Switzerland to Dakhla, Western, Sahara on the Dakhla Challenge, we had no intention of doing the same trip in reverse. The plan was to sell the car at the Mauritania border and fly back to Europe. Our Route on the Dakhla Challenge had taken us across Europe and North Africa over [...]
“I miss my girlfriend, I miss my dog … I want to go home.” James said with a loud sigh of exhaustion. While I had only known him for the two weeks we spent crossing Morocco off-road together, I had never known him to look so defeated. He had proven himself to be strong and [...]
Dakhla is located in Western Sahara, a disputed territory claimed by Morocco. The main kitespot is located about 30km north of Dakhla city pretty much in the middle of the Sahara. I kited here in late April and would guess that we had 20-25 knots every day. We rode comfortably on a 6m Cabrinha Switchblade [...]
Tom and I went rogue and said goodbye to the other 4×4 teams opting to take a different route to Dakhla on our own. Honey Badger would head north to Marrakesh while the others headed southeast to Dakhla on Day 9 of the Dakhla Challenge, Our decision to forge our own path was nothing against [...]
Photo of the week: Tizi-n Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It reaches an altitude of 2260 m above sea level. To see more photos of the drive over the pass CLICK HERE.
Day 8 of the Dakhla Challenge was spent in the sand. We drove on off-road route MS7, drove through Mhamid to Erg Chegaga across the salt flats of Lac Iriki ending the day in Foum Zguid. The boys spent a good hour playing in the tall sand dunes at Erg Chegaga. I couldn’t help but [...]
What fun is driving through the desert if you don’t get stuck in the sand? We learned it is best to dig with your hands (gardening gloves can be helpful) and if you are really stuck a piece of old carpet can help if placed under the back tires. And of course you will need [...]
Who won? Watch this video and cast your vote! What is the speed limit in the desert? Honey Badger don’t care!
Photo of the week: Sunset on the Sahara. Photo credits to Gordon Downie. To see more photos from Daz 7 of the Dakhla Challenge CLICK HERE.
According to Chris Scott’s Sahara Overland book, offroad route MS6 would give us a taste of the TRUE Sahara. The route runs dangerously close to the Algerian border (10 km away). It was an awesome ride! This is what we saw along the way… Herd of camels Mirages – they really do exist! Vast empty desert [...]
Wearing a headscarf in Morocco is a cultural tradition for both women and men but also very practical when you find yourself in the middle of a Sahara sandstorm. In this video, Thomas demonstrates how to properly tie an Arab headscarf.
I was surprised that Yousof was still there when I awkwardly emerged from the rear window of the 4Runner, blinded by the early morning sun. It was Day 7 of the Dakhla Challenge. It seemed he might have stayed at our camp all night. I wondered if his mother had worried when he hadn’t return [...]