An itinerary suspended in time between the dunes of the Sahara and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover ancient caravan cities, prodigious oases, solitary mosques, fascinating libraries surrounded by sands and mysterious monoliths. Until you reach the Iron Train and descend along the coast towards Nouakchott, passing through the beautiful Banc D’Arguin Park.
A journey that has the flavour of exploration and allows you to combine the magical Saharan atmosphere with the exciting views of the Atlantic coast. From a warm heart of majestic sand dunes drawn by the wind, rocky landscapes, canyons, cliffs, splendid valleys with lush oases and ancient caravan towns that preserve precious manuscripts, to the spectacular encounter of the desert with the ocean, where the force of the waves fights the advance of the sands and the dunes surrender to the sea. On the coast, a real jewel is the Banc d’Arguin Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where myriads of migratory birds winter and breed. This is one of the most beautiful corners of paradise along this uninhabited and wild coastline.
In addition, in this special departure accompanied by Luca Lupi, you will visit the Guel er Richat, a circular structure with a diameter of 40 kilometres, called the ‘eye of the Sahara’.
Travelling with a volcano expert: Luca Lupi
As a scientist and populariser, he has travelled and explored African regions for a long time. During his university studies in geology, he organised scientific and naturalistic expeditions to the world’s most diverse volcanoes. He wrote books about volcanoes and earthquakes translated into four languages. He has given dozens of lectures and courses on the subjects he knows in all parts of Italy and also abroad. Today, he is considered the leading multidisciplinary expert on Dancalia, a region straddling Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. Also specialised in the field of historical-geographical research, he directs the Explora series for which he has personally produced volumes about different Italian explorers. Due to his contributions to the subject he has been repeatedly honoured by the Italian Geographical Society.
Day 1 : Wednesday 05 April 2023
Outbound Flight/Nouakchott (NKC)
Day 2 : Thursday 06 April 2023
The immense dunes of Aouja, one of the most exciting sites in the Sahara.
Day 3 : Friday 07 April 2023
From the golden dunes of Erg Amatlich to the rocky conformations of the Tivoujar pass.
Day 4 : Saturday 08 April 2023
The rock paintings of Agrour and the libraries of Chinguetti.
Day 5 : Sunday 09 April 2023
Through the Erg Ouarane to the oasis of Tanochert and the caravan town of Ouadane.
Day 6 : Monday 10 April 2023
Ouadane/Guelb er Richat/Ouadane
Expedition to the Richat, the mysterious ‘eye of the Sahara’.
Day 7 : Tuesday 11 April 2023
The paradisiacal oasis of Terjit, for a regenerating bath in its waters.
Day 8 : Wednesday 12 April 2023
The Beni Amera monolith, the sculptures from Aicha and the SNIM train, the longest (and slowest) in the world.
Day 9 : Thursday 13 April 2023
The Banc d’Arguin park, an ornithological reserve to be discovered by sailing boat.
Day 10: Friday 14 April 2023
Cap Tafarit/Atlantic Coast
The Imraguen fishing villages and the sumptuous landscapes of the Atlantic coast.
Day 11 : Saturday 15 April 2023
To the port of Nouakchott, with its bustle of multicoloured pirogues.
Day 12 : Sunday 16 April 2023
Nouakchott (NKC)/Return flight