Covering a surface area of approximately 14 times the size of France, the Sahara Desert is the largest sand desert in the world and has always captured the imagination of men. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and from North Africa to Sub-Saharan Africa, and crosses around 10 countries including Morocco, Mauritania and Egypt.
While sand remains the key emblem of the Sahara, the landscapes are rich and varied, and are not limited to expanses of dunes stretching out as far as the eye can see. In particular, there are vast rocky plains, rocky plateaus, mountain ranges and basins.
Between the Berbers, Tuaregs and Moors, the nomadic populations living in the heart of the Sahara are extremely hospitable and the camel teams are always happy to discuss their way of life with trekkers.
The Sahara Desert is characterised by a very hot and dry climate where it hardly ever rains. One of the features of the Sahara is the unparalleled thermal range one can experience: rising to 50°C in summer, it can drop to -10°C in winter, and the average temperature difference between the day and the night is 30°C. It is from November to April that the Sahara Desert offers the best conditions for hiking and trekking enthusiasts.