Sahara Desert Challenge - 7th edition

Sahara Desert Challenge - 7th edition

Sahara Desert Challenge: the great African adventure!

Since the human species left Africa for over sixty thousand years, the desire to explore the unknown, heading to new lands, has shaped human culture. This desire persist and the Sahara Desert Challenge, a transcontinental expedition that travels in 7th edition through five countries - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal - is an example of the desire to go further, starting the discovery and adventure.

The cultural exchange is the basis of DNA Sahara Desert Challenge, a project that aims to recreate the great moments of evasion and adventure of the mythical "Dakar Rally", with affordable participation costs and the possibility of participation of various types of motor vehicles. A good dose of courage, spirit of adventure and good humor are the essential ingredients to undertake this fantastic Saharan crossing!



Realization date: From December 27, 2018 to January 10, 2019 (Portugal / Dakar)

Countries: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal;

Distance traveled: Approximately 5.500 km (Portugal / Dakar);

Participant type: People fearless, with a spirit of adventure, in search of personal challenges, well-prepared and eager to help and to share experiences;

Can participate: 4x4 vehicles, off-road motorbikes and 4x4 trucks.

Values: The spirit who want to instill in the caravan of the Sahara Desert Challenge is the sharing and respect for the traditions and beliefs of the people of the regions visited.



The "Sahara Desert Challenge - A great African adventure" is a great trans-Saharan expedition without competitive nature, connecting two continents, Europe and Africa, through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and ends in Dakar. The participant of the "Sahara Desert Challenge» not need to have advanced navigation or technical knowledge of driving on off-road, and their vehicles so that they are able to participate do not require special preparation for off-road: the 4x4 vehicles and off-road motorcycles they are originally prepared to participate.

The "Marocco Adventure" is a category of the Sahara Desert Challenge that allows a shorter participation in the Great African Adventure. With stages in Portugal, Spain and Morocco, including fantastic off-road stages in the West of Morocco. This category, which connects Coruche and Dakhla (from 27.12.2018 to 02.01.2019), is an ideal solution for those who have little time available or a more limited budget.

Navigation during the travel is made using a "track" GPS and with the help of a "guide-book / road-book" reader-friendly. The "guide-book / road-book" contains various information, including same symbology, route discretion, the GPS coordinates of the required points ("waypoints"), the partial and total km, diverse information about the end location of each stage, contact of the local authorities, health centers and hospitals, repair shops, auto / motorbike parts stores, etc.

This is an affordable adventure over 16 years (the participation of persons under the age is subject to review and acceptance of the organization) with a normal state of health, active and appreciative of adventure travel with challenges to overcome. The difficulties that participants face are average, with mutual aid and camaraderie among participants essential to overcome them.

The Sahara Desert Challenge is organized by a team with enough experience for more than 14 years that organizes expeditions across the Sahara desert, crossing countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry. It is a dedicated organization, conducting starting and finishing checkpoints at each stage, providing specialized mechanical assistance on the route and providing medical and health care on the route.


Values associated with the Sahara Desert Challenge

Human adventure
The "Sahara Desert Challenge" is a unique human adventure, where the rush and competition don't found allies. The challenge is to reach Dakar, exploring throughout the day new personal boundaries. From Coruche to the Dakarf will be many challenges to face in team!

Fellowship and team spirit
The large spaces inspire the adventurous. Participate in this adventure means to some extent, the opportunity to each participant climb your Everest ... arriving at your destination is a challenge and it is fundamental the aid between participants, really the true spirit of expedition!

Giving, receiving and respect
The off-road routes to the north of Africa are a legend ... witness are the merchants of the fifteenth and sixteenth century with their caravans of camels loaded with salt and spices that crossed the Sahara desert. In this challenge the participants feel attracted by the unknown and they are invited to meddle and share experiences with the locals. The Sahara and the people who inhabit it will fascinate and surprise!

Good mood
Facing an adventure as the "Sahara Desert Challenge», definitely requires a good ability to overcome great difficulties with good doses of hum. Tolerance, patience, ability to help and humility to accept help are essential.


Vehicles that can participate

They can participate in the Sahara Desert Challenge motor vehicles 4x4 and off-road motorbikes. To participate in the expedition the vehicles must comply with the requirements in the technical and administrative checks and must obey the legislation of the country where they are registered.

4x4 vehicles
All 4x4 vehicles, more or less prepared for off-road activity, larger or smaller, are eligible to participate in this expedition.

Off-road motorbike
Participate in the "Sahara Desert Challenge" in a off-road motorbike is definitely a great adventure, and perhaps the more freely way, but also more physically demanding to crossing the tracks of North Africa in route to Dakar. The motorbike must have a minimum preparation to join the caravan of the expedition, especially in terms of tires and transport mechanisms of essential supplies to the traveler.

4x4 truck
Participate in the «Sahara Desert Challenge» in a 4x4 truck is an amazing and unique experience, these "monsters" impress and are the machines that arouse more curiosity. Important aspect is the reliability of these powerful vehicles, older or more modern, it is desirable that they are in excellent mechanical condition as a malfunction in the desert can be a tricky time to resolve.



The Sahara Desert Challenge is not a dangerous adventure, but there are risks inherent in conducting an expedition of this nature. We recommend that participants inform themselves about the security situation in North Africa and West Africa, and Take the conscious and informed decision to participate.

The organization of the "Sahara Desert Challenge" is equipped and prepared to support the participants. Local officials accompany the group at all times, especially in border crossing, in the tracks and camp sites. The best way to avoid surprises is to be responsible and self-sufficient at the controls of the vehicle!




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