We arrived In Merzouga a little worse for wear but (myself anyway) incredibly excited to plow the Landy over some sand dunes. I quickly learned that the sand dunes that you picture when you think of the Sahara are actually sand seas, some, such as Erg Chebbi, not more than 30km across. The majority of the Sahara is actually rocky, sun scorched, arid land and our first experience of driving here was this:

4 x 4 Rocky Saharan Wastleland

Our drive in a Land Rover defender from the rolling sand dunes in Erg Chebbi, to the flat sandy waste-land that seemed to go for miles…

Navigation was immediately the problem, you definitely do not want to get lost, both due to how quickly you would die of heat exhaustion and dehydration, and as we were mere kilometers from the Algerian border and I did not fancy straying illegally across. We finally found the erg, and after failing to haggle ourselves a decent price for a guide, decided to brave it alone, having only read about how to drive on sand.

I let the tyres down to about 14PSI and we were off, after a few attempts and digging ourselves out, I got the hand of it and had an absolute ball. Well worth the drive down, although dee is shaking her head as I’m writing this and I’m sure will have a different opinion. I think she was complaining at the time, but it was hard to hear over me blasting Lynyrd Skynyrd and creaming my pants as I flew over another dune.

Walking through Saharan sand dunes

Ross taking a stroll along the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi after a spot of off roading through the dunes.

4 x4 Offroad in Erg Chebbi

Our Landy during our day of off roading through Erg Chebbi’s sand dunes

4 x 4 in Ergi Chebbi Sand Dunes Walk in Erg Chebbi sand dunes