Western Sahara Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Khamlia
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Khamlia
  • Walking dunes slowly hiding a road
    Walking dunes slowly hiding a road
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Western Sahara Warnings and Dangers

  • Take it easy

    Because it is disputed territory so best to not go near the border and also not to interfere in the crowds, otherwise it's no problem there. UN have it under control and it is quiet and peaceful there. But it can be landmines maybe there, not in the city of course, but looking around since the unrest with the Polisario Front, etc.

  • Sand everywhere!

    A big problem in Western Sahara is, not really surprising in the middle of the desert, the sand that is blown everywhere constantly. Along the mainroad from north to south you cross the part of the desert with a lot of rocks and not that much sand. But as soon as you leave this road and go further towards the coastline you'll enter the part with...

  • Police, military, UN...

    When you're visiting Wesern Sahara, be prepared to see lots, lots of Police- and Armyforces wherever you go. Since the country is in a state of occupation by Morocco, the Moroccan Police and Army are everywhere. In the centre of the capital Laayoune you'll see them everywhere and also in the surroundings of every city you cannot miss them.For...

  • No man's land between the borders

    When leaving Morocco going towards Mauritania, during the 6 kms of no man's land there is nothing false about the signs along the "piste". There really are mines around here, so don't wander around, don't get out for a pee etc...Once on the "piste" just remember KEEP TO THE LEFT and you'll be o.k. If you think you're on the wrong track, just wait...

  • Land mines

    All the region after the wall separating western sahara from the western sahara free of army protection is full of land mines. if you're about to leave the asfalt think twice. after the border dont think and stay on the desert track.

  • Dont give rides to stragers!!

    police in morocco advert that in western sahara you shouldnt give rides to local people in your car. there are reports of many people getting robbed while giving rides to nice local people. you have to understand this is a very problematic region full of bandits.year 2003 a french girl gave a ride to a moroccan guy which came with her to no mans...

  • watch for robbers

    after passing police check point and you actually go out of morocco, towards the no man land between the moroccan securitty wall and mauritanian police checkpoint, you have to be careful with people trying to kill you, rob you or just to guide you in exchange of some money, which in the middle of the trajectory can go higher (the amount of money...

  • 40km from Dakhla.

    This is the road sign after 40km from Dakhla. The road heds to Mauritania.On the sign you have written (from top):34 Al'argub 394 Alguira 389 Nouadhibou904 Nouakchott1430 DakarThis area here is right after the police check point 40km after dakhla or 40km from Dakhla comming from Layoune.This is a place often used for people to get a ride to...

  • Drink water

    Death. Happens to us all. Luckily there are some things we can do to prevent it taking us prematurely.If you want to prevent heat exhaustion and the more lethal heat stroke, it is imperative to drink at least SIX litres of water each day to prevent dehydration.I was nearly claimed by the unforgiving desert because of this very real danger, so,...

  • Even if there is a potential...

    Even if there is a potential risk because of the conflict with the Polisario Front, the area is quite safe for the travellers, at least around El Aaiún. But it is advisable to be informed about the situation. There is also a strong military presence and controls are frequent. It is also possible that some roads are closed.

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