I’ve put together some video for you of my recent expedition to one of the Sahara’s most remote corners.
Only one previous expedition has reached the Ouri plain in Chad’s Tibesti mountains. That was about 15 years ago, and given the difficulties, I can’t see anyone else trying it anytime soon.
I’m no cinematographer by any stretch, so please don’t expect a movie.
I simply want to give you a sense of what it’s like to travel in this incredibly remote — and incredibly beautiful — part of the Sahara.
You’ll see how challenging it was to get down into the Ouri region, and to get back out…
You’ll experience the silence of the desert, and what it feels like to walk among those massive sandstone spires…
You’ll see prehistoric pottery and rock art from around 8,000 years ago…
And you’ll see some of the routines of expedition life, as we break camp, resupply with water, and get ourselves unstuck with the sand ladders.
So pour yourself a drink, or shake up a classic cocktail. Put up your feet and settle in. And press “play” on the embedded video below:
This video only represents the smallest fraction of our trip.
There’s no footage from the days and days of journeying it required to get from the Sahel to the Sahara, and then deep into the Tibesti mountains.
We only shot a little video of our struggles with the cars. No one even thought about getting the camera out during the more treacherous descents.
We didn’t film people, because the tribes we encountered waved off our cameras, and so we respected their privacy.
And I’ve only given you a taste of the walking and exploring we did as the weeks went on.
But I hope it’s enough.
Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
This truly was an expedition of a lifetime, even for experienced desert travellers.
Images ©Tomoko Goto 2015