Sahara Desert, part nine; Teamspirit, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

My final blog, finally, about this voyage into Tunisia’s Sahara Desert is a wee recap on all participants.

Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa
Evening Camp @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

16 people plus myself, 8 teams in 9 cars traversed wave after wave of dunes for 10 days.

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Fun times @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

From my point of view, it was the team spirit that made this trip extraordinary.

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Observing @ahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

I have been observing, with and without my camera.

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Communique @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Not being able to communicate with everyone the way I wanted to was a little discouraging, but that’s just how the pineapple crumbled. 

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Desert dream @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It was an incredible adventure that won’t be forgotten.

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Desert train @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

No matter what circumstantial predicament we were in, the group enthusiasm was never suspended.

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Helpful @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

And that really says it all about this journey. 

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Wagon-wheel @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Each team may have had slightly different motives to take part in this caravan, but spending precious time with close friends and family are memories to look back to. Forever. 

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Lined-up @ahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Five out of these nine cars were father and son/daughter combinations.

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Ready for an adventure @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Hard working parents wanting to spend time with grown kids before they flown the nest, as time flies by.

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Friends @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Two generations meeting new and old friends. 

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Engineers @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

This I believe was the foundation for this stronghold within the group. 

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Dis-order @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

May I introduce to you, in no carticular order.

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Silver lining @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Davide Senior drove alone in his silver Landcruiser, which was a tremendous effort.

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Help is on its way @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Not having an extra pair of eyes and hands-on has its disadvantages whilst navigating through sand.

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Smoking barrels @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

But he sure enjoyed himself.

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@Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

If I am able to go off-road with 73, I would be just as happy. 

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Push @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Davide Junior and Mateo were keen to drive their makeshift Landrover over sand or any terrain.

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Fabulous @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It is an impressive four-by-four, no doubt. But expensive modifications meant two things. A car like this can’t be registered in Europe and is out of price and comfort range for most people.

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Sand mechanics @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

However, because of Landy’s versatility and Davide’s autonomic knowledge, I was happy that they were part of the team.

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Doing what I do best @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Being picked up at last man walking and hitching a ride on the back of the ute was the most adventurous seat in the house.

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Sand dune safari @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Mille Grazie. 

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Giovanni and Nicolai @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Siciliano duo Nicolai and father Giovanni joined this equip in Tunis.

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Reflection @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It was their first adventure with Claudio’s Safari Service, of which they heard of through social media. A win win situation for both parties.

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Help with a smile @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Nicolai’s automotive enthusiasms wasn’t hard to miss, he lives and breathes for cars.

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Calm @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

His dad Giovanni enjoyed the ride in a subtle way, which I found very relaxing. What will be, will be.

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Duo @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Both accepted and respected each other and enjoyed unforgettable time together. 

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Team effort @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

The same can be said about team Georgio and Martina.

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Happy days @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

The bond and fun shared between them was captured on many photos and videos.

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Cheeky @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

A little cheeky at times, both enjoyed quality time together.

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Charming @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It could have been double trouble for Georgio, but the younger daughter wasn’t able to take part on this voyage. I could imagine all three having the bestest of times here, strong family ties are evident.

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Morning routine @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Georgio knows Claudio for a very long time and appeared as his wing-man.

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Shady smile @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Cool as you like, there was no situation that could face him.

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Friends with a smile @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

With a smile. Outstanding.

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Teamwork @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Team Ernesto and Loredana have tracked together a few times, as far as I know. Due to my non Italian lingo knowledge, I couldn’t talk much to either of them.

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Italiano @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Ernesto, it seems, had plenty to talk about.

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Desert Queen @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Loredana appeared as the quite achiever with in this senior group.

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Happy chappy @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Whenever she could, she stepped in without asking or hesitation.

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Relax @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It was great to see her again after our last meeting in Zambia, four years ago. 

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Proud father Agostino @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Team Agostino was the biggest group on this adventure.

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Happy family @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Father Ago, daughter Gaia and son Andrea with his partner Anna made up two Landrovers.

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Agostino @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

I was happy to see Agostino’s joy to spend time away from home with his family.

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Partners in crime @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

A holiday away from mundane day to day life is just what he needed, and more often.

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Priceless @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

‘Time is going by so quickly, Ben! I just want to spend some time with my children.’ he told me. Isn’t that a fact. 

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Setting up @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Father and son duo Tiziano and Giacomo were of two different characters.

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Going down @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Renting a four-wheeler for very difficult driving conditions is better than nothing, though harder to navigate as one doesn’t know the spicks and specks of the vehicle.

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Tiziano and Ago @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

A very animated father was eager to show his driving skills, which was taking in calmly.

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Who? Me? @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It was a great surprise to celebrate Giacomo’s birthday on this trip. What a place to do so. Unforgettable. 

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Enter Sandman @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

I always wondered what a sandman would look like, but found out soon enough on this trip.

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Dreamer @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Dreams do come true, Claudio said. I have no doubt.

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Modern Beduin @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

He lives and breathes the sand, this is his domain.

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Sandy domain @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

‘In my previous life, I must have been a Beduin. This is were I feel home.’

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Friendship @Tunis, Tunisia, Africa

Thank you for inviting me into your sandcastle, Claudio. It was an amazing trip.

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Tutto Ben @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

And then there is me, Tutto Ben. Me, me, me.

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Mr Ben @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Everyone knew of me, which was great.

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Amusing @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Even that I make croissants wasn’t a secret here.

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Delicious @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Ben in Arabic means ‘son of’ like the ‘O’ Reilly’ in Irish and ‘MacDoogal’ in Scottish. In Latin languages, it means ‘good’. So far, so good.

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Best spot in the house @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

I don’t know what the group thought of me exactly, an outsider from a different country.

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Top of the hill @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

If Claudio was to be a beduin in his previous life, I ought to be a bushman from my native country Namibia.

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Selfie @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Whenever there was an opportunity, I jumped out of Claudio’s Landrover.

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Fun and Run @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Often with camera in hand, I guided following cars through a tricky patch of sand.

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Always on the run @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

And then walked to the next tricky section to repeat the procedure.

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Bushman @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

‘How many kilometers did you walk today, Ben?’ Was a common question asked at the dinner table. ‘More than you have driven today’ was my common reply.

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Sandkuchen @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

It felt like the South African bushmen-comedy ‘The gods must be crazy’, which is a hilarious movie. And crazy suits me well.

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Happy Ending @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

A fantabulous journey with ‘Happy Ending’ Italian style.

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Desertness @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

A big thank you goes out to Claudio to take me on this journey and another big thank you goes out to this highly spirited team.

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Empty spaces @Sahara Desert, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

Maybe we will meet up again somewhere, some time.

Mauritius, Africa
2017 @Mauritius, Africa

This post marks my 300th blog on this website, which I started in early 2018. I can’t even imagine how much time I have spent working on these stories.

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It’s been fun and thank you all for following my travels with ben.

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This isn’t the end of it but I want to focus a bit more on my next adventure. 

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I have a license after all.

Happy holidays and fabulous 2023 to all from travelswithben. 

One thought on “Sahara Desert, part nine; Teamspirit, Douz, Tunisia, Africa

  1. Congratulations Ben on 300 fabulous posts. I have followed you on your travels with envy and awe at the stunning location s you have visited.
    Can’t wait to see what comes next.

    Nurse K

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