Guide: Sahara Overland
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on practical information yet don't neglect cultural
background. They give all the best accommodation and
eating options available and also advise on what's
worth seeing and what's better to avoid. They tell
you how to get there, what to pack and what to read
before you go. Comprehensive background information
on history, climate, food, and the people is combined
with detailed sections on the environment and good
maps. Entertaining as well as informative, the guides
inspire readers not simply to travel but to interact
with local people as well.
of the Desert: The Sahara, Philippe Bourseiller
Enraptured by the desert's magical light and amazingly
diverse terrain--its spectacular dunes, stone fortresses,
and Edenic oases-- Bourseiller embarked on a truly comprehensive
photographic exploration of this enormous territory.
Here, in 200 images ranging from the white sands of
Arguin (Mauritania) to the colorful banks of the Niger
river (Mali), from the rock paintings of Tassili n'Ajjer
(Algeria) to the lakes of Ennedi (Chad), Bourseiller
communicates his powerful experience of the desert.
The text, by a number of Sahara specialists deepens
our understanding of the history, people, and landscape
of this fascinating area.
on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, Dean King
Hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure,
this narrative recounts the experiences of
twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the
coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold
slavery, and subjected to a hellish journey through the
bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men-who
found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation,
death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the
desert on camelback-is made indelibly vivid in this gripping
account of survival, courage, and brotherhood.
Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert, William
Encounters, observations and revelations from a 1,200-mile
trans-Saharan trek are poetically reported here. A correspondent
for The Atlantic Monthly, Langewiesche was undaunted
by the physical hardships of the trip, and focused instead
on the beleaguered towns and people that survive along
the desert's fringes and in its oases. As he discusses
subjects as various as adobe walls and the history of
prehistoric Tassili cave painters, he introduces old
friends and people met by chance. Despite poverty and
changes brought on by bare-bones technology, he reveals
why for more than 2,000 years the desert has been seen
as a place of trial, cleansing and illumination.
A Natural History, Marq de Villiers & Sheila
We think we know the Sahara yet it is full of surprises
as de Villiers and Hirtle reveal in this biography of
the land and its people.
They chart the genesis and course of Atlantic hurricanes,
many of which are born in northern Chad, showing that
the Sahara, which has a strong influence on weather
patterns the world over. They offer a fascinating description
of the physics of windblown sand and the formation of
dunes and describe in detail the massive aquifers that
lie beneath the desert, some filled with water that
predates the appearance of humans on Earth. They marvel
at the jagged mountains and at ancient cave paintings
deep in the desert that reveal the Sahara was a verdant
grassland 10,000 years ago; a cycle has been repeated
several times, and may well repeat again.
Woven through this story is a chronicle of the desert's
nations and people: the Berbers and Arabs of the north;
its black African South, whose ancestors peopled the
great empires of Old Africa; and the nomads -- the Moors,
the Tuareg, and the Tubu who call the desert home.
Illuminated by the written testimonies of past travellers, Sahara is
a geographic tour conveying the majesty, mystery, and
abundance of life in what the outside world thinks of
as the Great Emptiness.