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    S10 Carry on Dakar!

    This is the classic Atlantic route down the coast of Morocco, through Western Sahara and Mauritania, into Senegal and all the way to Dakar, the enigmatic destination of so many rallies. It's a 2153-km green route that's tarmac all the way except for a short 5km stretch at the Western Sahara/Mauritania border, so can be tackled in any vehicle.

    You need to obtain a Mauritanian visa before starting, either in your home country or by visiting the Mauritanian embassy in Rabat. You should also be prepared with 20 or more ‘fiche’ slips.

    Before travelling check the current status of the area on the
    - Sahara Forum at Horizons Unlimited

    and on the UK Foreign Office websites:
    - Western Sahara
    - Mauritania
    - Senegal

    There may be problems entering Senegal with a vehicle that is more than five years old unless you have a carnet. Sometimes it is possible to circumvent this with a local pass-avant or transit permit. Check Horizons Unlimited sub-Saharan forum for the latest situation.

    Part one: Morocco and Western Sahara


    Still 400km away from the start of the route and the first sign to Dakhla in Western Sahara


    First mention of Saint-Louis in Senegal


    km0: the twin camel gate guardians of Tan Tan


    km26: Villa Ocean on the seafront in El Ouatia


    km40: currently a French 'camping car' park, the Oued Chbeka ‘Moroccan Riviera’ project is expected to ultimately house 270,000 European retirees with three nursing homes and hospital services via helicopter link to the Canary Islands. Wow!


    km60: one of the more spectacular wrecks along the coast


    km113: Gouffre d'Akhfenir, a large sea cave with a collapsed roof


    km252: the piste at Sebjet Um Ed Deboaa leads you to the campsite below


    km272: Camping Le Bedouin with the calcified waterfall in the foreground


    km305: the Seguiat el-Hamra (the Red Canal) has been dammed to create a shallow lagoon


    km312: the sand dunes of Erg Lakhbayta on the exit of Laayoune


    km405: Martin from Newcastle on a Honda C90


    km500: Boujdour's enormous gate guardians—massive giraffes with leaping swordfish and a giant ostrich


    km505: leaving Boujdour—the first signpost to Dakar


    km610: even when the road is uneventful, the coastline is normally interesting


    km807: looking across the bay to the town of Dakhla on the peninsula


    offroute: the peninsula of Dakhla is popular with overlanders


    km820: two Germans from Hamburg on 50cc scooters towing a trailer


    km861: Porto Rico is a fishermen’s bidonville (French: tin can town)


    km868: er... keep to the road, do not stray, do not go for walkies


    km1142: the twin towers on the Moroccan side of no-man's land


    km1143: lorries on the piste in no-man's land


    km1147: looking back at the twin towers of the Moroccan border
    "For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
    and enlarges the world in which you live,"
    Irving Mather (1892-1966)

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    Part two: Mauritania and Senegal


    km147: the welcoming arch of the Mauritanian border


    km1148: looking back after crossing the border


    km1155: the 'garden sheds' are habitations


    km1220: this is the most interesting and most photogenic spot on the way south to Nouakchott


    km1225: so I went for a play offroad and immediately got bogged down (stones ready to fill the hole)


    km1591: Auberge Sahara on the northern edge of Nouakchott


    km1591: home for the night to a Nick Saunders tour to Timbuctou


    km1591: amongst all the Touratech-blinged GS bikes was this Honda Silver Wing scooter


    km1730: Steve Bullen and Bill Chaplin chatting to Austrian KTM riders


    off-route: looking back on the Mauritanian side of the Rosso ferry. Don't go here!


    km1862: crossing Pont Faidherbe, a seven-span bridge with iron decking, into Saint-Louis


    km1865: themed dining room of the Hotel de la Poste in Saint-Louis


    km1866: typical taxi


    km1867: Guet N’Dar, the fishing community on the peninsula


    km1890: the 'tree of life' a Baobao tree


    km1900: protecting its road-kill dinner from a waiting flock of vultures


    km2085: Turtle Village near Lac Rose


    km2101: Lac Rose in the background with a slight redish tint
    "For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
    and enlarges the world in which you live,"
    Irving Mather (1892-1966)

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