The Sahara: an enormous sandpit that is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

It has a unique history: it used to be a very large savannah, like the ones you can still find in Africa. There used to be many plants, and scientist say there were also elephants, baboons and ungulates such as gazelles. Humans lived amongst them, thriving in its landscape and two-million-year-old stone tools have been found in the Sahara.

About 4000 years ago (that’s recent in the grand scheme of things) its climate changed drastically, and that’s how the Sahara became a desert. The Sahara (or parts of it) covers the following countries: Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Chad, Egypt and Sudan.

You have several options if you want to go on a desert tour. You can leave from either Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria or Morocco on a (guided) camel trek through the vast emptiness and silence of the Sahara and sleep under the stars. There are several multiple-day tours available and of course there’s the tour that crosses right through the Sahara. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just make sure that one day you’ll get there.