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I have spent quite a few years in the sonora and various deserts of the americas, but this winter I am planning to go into the sahara, and was wondering if people have done this, warnings, reccomendations, things to consider, etc...
I will spend a while researching some of the local flora and fauna, as well as the tribal people there. I know there are scorpions and snakes, but a good pair of spatz should take care of that.
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I can't help much with this one. I've met travelers who've hitched trucks down to Marrakesh and said everything was pretty cool except for Tangier which is just like Tijuana. The usual boarder town scams on tourists. The thieves seem to like pills rather than knives or guns. I had a friend a few years ago who was drinking with some Moroccans and woke up 2 days later in a hospital with all his gear gone. I've heard several of those stories, but mostly targeting students, not serious travelers.

When you head out to the coast, I got a report from some friends last year that Dengue fever was pretty bad in the Cape Verde Islands and probably on the coast too so think about long sleeves, mosquito nets and bug repellent, the standard malaria stuff.

I'm afraid that's all I got for you. Good luck!
 

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Where exactly are you going? I've been wanting to go to Mali (especially in January for the annual Tuareg dessert festival) and Niger and a few other spots for a while. Mostly I am interested in trying to travel with some of the nomadic dessert tribes if possible. Has anyone else here traveled in North/Western Africa, especially as a solo lady? I've never had any qualms about going somewhere alone before but a lot of similarly brazen and experienced travel folk have highly discouraged me from traveling as a woman alone in certain islamic African countries. Does anyone here have some first hand advice?
 
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Hi Jimmy, I can only speak for Morocco, but there you will not have the slightest problem to find a cheap hostel or hotel with availability. In many cases you will find several in one street and be one of the only guests as well. And that is in every city.
 

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hah, who's jimmy?
just to update anyone who might be curious, do to the political situation in Northern Africa, we have decided to stick around southern spain for now. I knew I could get into Morocco no problem, but exiting there with the whole north of the country going crazy seemed a bit of a restriction I didnt want to deal with. For now I am living near Granada, and taking some time do do some longer term projects.
 

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Where exactly are you going? I've been wanting to go to Mali (especially in January for the annual Tuareg dessert festival) and Niger and a few other spots for a while. Mostly I am interested in trying to travel with some of the nomadic dessert tribes if possible. Has anyone else here traveled in North/Western Africa, especially as a solo lady? I've never had any qualms about going somewhere alone before but a lot of similarly brazen and experienced travel folk have highly discouraged me from traveling as a woman alone in certain islamic African countries. Does anyone here have some first hand advice?
I traveled in Africa solo, female and it was no problem. OK - I got in some messes - but only because of the journey I was driven to experience. As for being a woman, I felt quite safe. Travel light!
 

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I can't help much with this one. I've met travelers who've hitched trucks down to Marrakesh and said everything was pretty cool except for Tangier which is just like Tijuana. The usual boarder town scams on tourists. The thieves seem to like pills rather than knives or guns. I had a friend a few years ago who was drinking with some Moroccans and woke up 2 days later in a hospital with all his gear gone. I've heard several of those stories, but mostly targeting students, not serious travelers.

When you head out to the coast, I got a report from some friends last year that Dengue fever was pretty bad in the Cape Verde Islands and probably on the coast too so think about long sleeves, mosquito nets and bug repellent, the standard malaria stuff.

I'm afraid that's all I got for you. Good luck!

I got Dengue fever when I was in East Africa a few months ago. It sucks.
 

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I have spent quite a few years in the sonora and various deserts of the americas, but this winter I am planning to go into the sahara, and was wondering if people have done this, warnings, reccomendations, things to consider, etc...
I will spend a while researching some of the local flora and fauna, as well as the tribal people there. I know there are scorpions and snakes, but a good pair of spatz should take care of that.
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Hi. I've wanted to do that too. I've made it so far as North Burkina Faso but waited to a ride for a couple weeks with no one going further north so I went back south. Would love to hear if you go etc...
 

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Where exactly are you going? I've been wanting to go to Mali (especially in January for the annual Tuareg dessert festival) and Niger and a few other spots for a while. Mostly I am interested in trying to travel with some of the nomadic dessert tribes if possible. Has anyone else here traveled in North/Western Africa, especially as a solo lady? I've never had any qualms about going somewhere alone before but a lot of similarly brazen and experienced travel folk have highly discouraged me from traveling as a woman alone in certain islamic African countries. Does anyone here have some first hand advice?
I found that in West Africa, in countries with strong Islamic population...it was no problem . Now, when I was traveling in Egypt, that was a very different story and very difficult for me. West Africa is easy as a solo woman, just beware of ....well.....maybe I won't write about what to beware of on such a public forum. You can ask me privately if you wish.
I love West Africa and was trying to get up to Mali....but didn't. Was traveling in the very very dry season....very infrequent transport. Good luck to you, would love to hear if you go. I encourage you as a solo female. - to go.....
 

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