Sahara – the largest desert in the world, located in the north of the African continent. Sahara became a desert approximately 5 million years ago.
Most of Algeria is closed to tourists. Apart from the capital of the state, the coastal area and several cities for tourists open Tadrart region, located on the border with Libya and Niger (the south-eastern part of Algeria).
The fact that the Sahara Desert – is not only sand. Somewhere it’s old mountains, somewhere is stony desert, somewhere sand, and somewhere – small oases. In one of these oases in the south-eastern part of Algeria is the town of Janet, in which even has its own airport. Algeria (the so called capital of Algeria) in Janet flies Boeing 737 of the national airline. Flight time – 2.5 hours. Yes, Algeria – the country is large.
3. Upon arrival in Algeria and walk around the city late at night we fly to Janet. An important feature: Janet – this is not the end point of following aircraft. It flies farther in Tamanrasset, that in southern Algeria, and then returned to the capital. The next day, the aircraft will fly in the opposite direction.
6. water each took as much as he needs (I’m starting from 3 liters per day, but it was even a lot), had stored food our chef (yes, we went with the chef Tuareg!), And the fuel was poured into everything that can be off-road drivers. In addition to all this divine fresh figs, oranges, apples and a little hot pepper – and “Nigel!” (In Tuareg analogue “to horse!”).
7. You ask how we were guided in the desert? I – no way. Tuareg – about the same as you in your neighborhood. These people know the desert better than Muscovites Moscow. They even know where to find water in the desert! However, it is best used only for washing dishes. Each large dune in the Tuareg has its own name. For example, the first stop we did in the dunes of El Birch that the third panorama.
8. As planned, we had to drive on the edge of the old mountains, which almost completely destroyed by strong winds and sand that extends east across Libya to Egypt, making a circle in the canyons. But one day we blocked the road … the military. Despite the fact that we had all the permits (including those from Algeria’s Ministry of Defense), then we have not started referring to the recent order of the Minister of Defence. Causes – disturbances in Libya, to which it remains within reach. It’s a shame, I wanted to see the highest dune of the Sahara – Tin Mirzuga to which we were going, but safety is paramount.
9. It should be noted that the military checkpoint brought us a lot of problems. Firstly, our whole route, thoughtful advance flew … well, you know where in such situations that the flies)) Second, we have just crossed with great difficulty for the high dune. And if the first meant that we would have to improvise and look for good points for the shooting, the second … Oh … In any dunes by and large there are two sides: thick sloping, rammed wind and steep loose. It is clear that for a shallow and dense ride much easier.
And so it is for her and we crossed over the dune. U-turn at the checkpoint means that we must somehow the same storm dune steep and loose side. And yes, the “Swan” there is nothing. So we get down wheel, dismantle the machine and carry it through the dune, unload anything that can walk by itself, accelerates and describing zig-zagi on a steep slope, trying to climb up. Another important detail: if you’re a couple of times not been able to call on you liked the site, look for new – are you well … how to put it mildly … made unfit for further attempts.
10. As you know, all ended well with the assault the dunes once I show the pictures)) are clickable:
11. Incidentally, in this photo at the right of the three central cliffs, whitens one of our machines. This is for scale.
12. Come on. A little about life in the Sahara. And then it’s simple: there is a soul, a toilet – where like camp – under rocks or high dune, which protects from the wind. The food is prepared on the burner and fire. Firewood collected on the route (in the Sahara, and in some places there are trees, like everything, they tend to die; live trees we did not touch) and tinkering with them.
Food … food vegetable here. The meat was just the first day. It is understandable – there is no place to store fresh, and the stew in Algeria, Belarus does not deliver. In vain, by the way. In the morning a French baguette with fig or orange jam and butter on the basis of vegetable fats. Sometimes cheese for good behavior. For lunch, a salad and another salad. It was then stored hot pepper and helped. At dinner – and a jumble another gruel or something macaroni and vegetable.
13. Tea. No wrong. TEA! I drank in my life 2 stunned tea: Bedouin in the desert of Wadi Rum (Jordan), when sleeping in a cave, and Tuareg in the Sahara. If a Bedouin becomes especially after the addition of a certain herb that grew in the desert, the Tuareg – a masterful way to brew green tea. 2 kettle, 100 grams of tea, about the same amount of sugar, boiling water. Tea is poured from one pot to another from a great height, so he foamed. After 5 minutes, a thick drink, one glass of which vshtyrivaet so that oh-oh-oh. The second tea leaves of the same tea – all day and you zip over the dunes. The third tea leaves with the addition of mint – and you are ready to be worn with a heavy tripod and fotoryukzakom.
14. Sahara constantly blowing wind. This means that the air is constantly there sand. Half an hour later he boots through half a day you have it in your mouth and nose, the next day it is impossible to comb your hair, it is two in all pockets, bags, three he, sorry, in his underpants. Photo equipment should be protected from the first minute, otherwise all lenses are crisp, and the matrix will capture the same dune that inside the camera.
15.Hozhdenie the dunes – a separate Challenge. As I said, there are dense slopes are loose. At first, do not fall, in the second – 40 cm up 30 – down. It happens that the slope suddenly becomes loose – it wildly vybeshivaet. More vybeshivaet that need good dune to climb twice: in the afternoon and in the evening for exploration / morning of the shooting. But to descend from the sand dunes fun – such things smoothly, settling down. I had the idea to roll off the dunes on the plastic case, but I did not let ((clickable:
16. I was told to see the bright sunset or sunrise in the Sahara – a great success. Large – which means once per 10 days. Apparently, nature compensated spent because of loss of baggage and dialogue with the military nerve cells, for 6 times I saw a colorful sky. But once the sky was just a fire!
17. The place chosen for the night so that the next was interesting shapes and dunes for the evening and the morning shooting. At the same time, we always came only from the side shot with the sun, so a point for sunset / sunrise clouds each time had to come up with “on the fly”. It would look like the Sahara over mountains, along which we were traveling. Somewhere out there is Libya …
18. The old flat dunes mountains is not an obstacle, they quietly “climb” to them and “go” further.
19. You may wonder how the landscape is changing over time, because the dunes are constantly moving. On the one hand I saw a shooting BBC (BBC BBC, not ve ve es) where they put several cameras on 600 days in the Sahara, and every day made by frame. The landscape is really much has changed. On the other hand, Salam (our Tuareg) said that over the past 6 years, he travels to these places, nothing changes. The fact that the wind moves the sand easily, which does not have the support, and then poured sand around the old rocks.
20. Salam told the case is during one of the trips was a sandstorm. All fled in tents. When the storm was over, it turned out that the tent and all the things and the car was covered by about 20 centimeters. Speaking of tents. As you can imagine, it is necessary to take special precautions to avoid being blown away. No stakes, of course, will not help. Only stones. No stones? There’s a pick, and rock out!
21. Do not think that no one in the Sahara usual. As we were traveling at a speed of about 65 km / h on the rut, and we cheerfully surpassed 3 gazelki (no cars!), Who jumped at the same time on the rocky surface. There, where rare vegetation, you can see camels and sheep in rare cases. Sometimes you can only see what’s left of them. This lamb we called Zhora. Zhorik happy to pose in the evening light.
22. When you walk through the dunes, you have to think about that is not inherited. Especially if you plan to take in the morning and another in the same place. The wind, of course, cover their tracks, but not instantly. Just know that after 7 days of its tracks I have not found where they were exactly.
23. No, this is not a desert nomad. So you will not get far. This is our driver, went to prayer. In some Tuareg cross between Islam and paganism.
27. Our camp near El Birch dune at sunset on the last night of our trip to the sand. While we were filming, razbredyas all directions, the cook has prepared us a hot dinner.
In the Sahara rapidly darkens. But because of the absence of any stray light clearly visible stars, which light enough to distinguish some silhouettes. And if also a full moon in the sky, all objects cast distinct shadows …