Sahara Tours

Tour programme 2021-22

June 2021

“Sahara Overland [book] gets right to the heart of desert travel” Sir Michael Palin

Brilliant trip… Chris invariably undersells and over-delivers on the trip. SS (UK)
My research on the internet into travel in the Sahara keeps leading me to your page. MP (UK) 
It was one of the best trips I have ever done and far above any other tour out there… RZ (BM)
[one year on] I’ve been reflecting on it. Without question the best trip I’ve ever taken. PH (US)
… what a brilliant trip that was. A great balance of challenge and relaxation. RS (UK)
an interesting mix of people and your amazing quiet knowledge made it all feel so easy. JT (UK)
Thank you for opening my horizons and revealing what I am capable of achieving. KD (UK)
A fantastic week. For me, the off-road challenges were just about perfect; lots of interesting routes (RN, UK)
Thanks for [the photos], Chris – they’re fantastic.  And thanks again for such a great trip.

TYPE AND DURATION

DATE

PLACES

MOROCCO FLY/RIDET1 • 7-day, 6-bike tourNov 4–104/6 booked
MOROCCO FLY/RIDET2 • 7-day, 6-bike tourNov 13–196 places
MOROCCO FLY/RIDET3 • 7-day, 6-bike tourNov 22–286 places
SAHARA ROAD TRIP AlgeriaA1 • 2-week, 8-bike tour (TBA)March 2022* EoI: 4
* EOI = expressions of interest
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I first travelled in the Sahara in 1982 and since 1989 have run occasional desert tours. I organise small-groups to little-visited places or follow unusual itineraries that inspire me, working with local guides, agencies and other services I’ve got to know and trust over the years. I ran an eclipse tour to Niger in 2006, an ambitious crossing from the Atlantic to the Libyan frontier, as well as several motorcycle tours in Libya, Algeria and lately, Morocco. I’ve also run camel trekking tours in Algeria, have joined tours in Mauritania, and with the help of other contributors, wrote an e-guidebook to go with my biking and car handbooks.
I don’t produce a regular tour programme or online brochures. I never send out annoying newsletters or collect mailing lists. I don’t do Facebook or pay to advertise anywhere. The page you see here is all there is.
For more about me, click my picture, above left.

Motorcycling in the Sahara

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For 2021 I have the usual Morocco Fly & Ride dates in November, by which time I’m hoping travel will be as back to normal as it’s ever likely to be. Right now Morocco is still closed to outsiders
Most riders choose the 2018 BMW GS310s with off-road protection and other mods and my route has been adapted to cater for these bikes. Read about them here with more here. There may also be a couple of older Sertao 650s available. They cost about 20% more than the 310s. I don’t recommend bikes any bigger than this.

With no more than six in a group, these tours include a few easy half-days off-roading (below) and are pitched at off-roading beginners to give a taste of trail biking and Morocco without getting exhausted or freaked out. The focus is on quiet roads, relaxed lunches, spectacular pistes and ambient Berber mountain lodgings, rather than hammering dawn-to-dusk from one blinged-out tourist trap to another. More here. Pictures from previous tours here and here and here. FAQs here. Please read the FAQs.

I am also reviving an old idea for March 2022: a ten-day road bike tour in Algeria. It will start at a Spanish port and stick to the highways in Algeria, but may include short gravel diversions. The Road Trip will be suitable for 1200GSs and the like, even two-up. More news here by the end of this month.

Please contact me about these tours, or would just like to find out what’s possible. 

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