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:
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.