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Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:31 am

 
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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 2:03 pm

First I heard about it was on German radio yesterday, and they (including a countryman of mine) have been gone for over a month now.
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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 2:45 pm

Offhand, isn't Algeria generally an unsafe country to visit for Westerners, in both the cities and the desert region?



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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 4:24 pm

Yyz717
Well, there are still a lot of internal problems going on in Algeria, the government is fighting against those Islamic Fundamentalists. I'm not well informed and I never visited Algeria before but a few friends of mine did and they never had any problems.

Most people visit the Sahara anyway and travel from Algeria to Libya, Niger or other African countries. As far as I know, the problems are mainly in the urban areas and not in the desert. Keep in mind, where ever you go it could be "unsafe".
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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 4:59 pm

Sahara? That's a pretty ****ing large area to get lost in!

Hope they're found soon, though.
 
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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 5:05 pm

Yyz717,

My father joins hunting parties every year from the Gulf to many interesting places (CIS, Iraq and North Africa). In Algeria they always have many soldiers protect the camp and the hunting parties because of terrorists as well highway robbers who raid camps at night. They usually charter an aircraft and have it fly as close to the hunting area as possible rather than fly to Algiers and drive down.
 
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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Mon Apr 07, 2003 9:56 pm

The Sahara is a brutal environment. From the sounds of it, running out of gas could be a fatal mistake there.
 
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Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:16 pm

*gets out notebook to check list to see where the Sahara is on the places I want to go on vacation list*

Hmmm..right behind Iraq during the war, and Osamas cave....just what I thought.

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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Tue Apr 08, 2003 5:21 am

Thanks for your responses Swissgabe and QatarAirways. Hopefully these folks will be found.

Sounds like a dangerous area (both politically and climate-wise) but nonetheless no doubt beautiful & pristine as well.

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RE: Tourists Lost In Sahara

Tue Apr 08, 2003 6:37 am

I heard about this one on television. Another example of an adventurous vacation going horribly wrong.

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