On November 26, 2019, I am embarking on a three month exploration of the Sahara desert on foot. The expedition will cover 2,000km, beginning in Oued Chbika on the Atlantic and ending at Morocco’s southernmost tip and its border with Mauritania, La Guera.
I'll be travelling with my Draa Expedition team of three Amazigh (Berber) guides, Brahim Ahalfi, Brahim Boutkhoum and Addi ben Youssef, plus five camels: Alasdair, Hamish, Callum, Murdo and Sausage. My expedition is being organised by Jean-Pierre of Désert et Montagne Maroc, who has 40 years of experience in the region.
My aim is to explore the landscape and history, talk to and learn about the Sahrawi people who live there, and see for myself the effects of climate change on our planet. Water will be a big issue for us and we will be walking from well to well.
Here's how I've been prepared for the trek...