My 6 day trip to Western sahara.
I flew on the 20th October 2021. A straightforward flight, from Gatwick, via casablanca to dakhla. The only issue being landing in casablanca to find that our flight home had even cancelled due to covid rules being suddenly changed by the Moroccan government. Not exactly ideal.
Post covid, dakhlas windsurfing Community is alive and well. Handy if you want to stay outside the city and slightly closer to the desert.
Spending a total of about 7 hours over the first 2 days on hold to royal Air maroc trying to rearrange flights meant we didn’t spend as long I’d have liked on the aswerd road, but we did some fairly long drives overall, the longest being about 10 hours. Mammal watching was difficult but quite good for the habitat.
Over 4 days we saw 1 fennec fox, 1 ruppels fox, 1 sand cat, 1 Desert Hedgehog, several African Hammada Jerboas, several gerbil sp, and alot of hares.
The sand cat was seen moving through the scrub and actually allowed us good views for around a minute. Everything g else was pretty skittish.
Only thing I’ll add in terms of visiting in 2021 and post covid is that:
1. The police checkpoints, according to our hotel, “don’t bother with white people anymore”. We got stopped once out of the 20+ times we went through them.
2. Dakhla looks like quite a nice, modern city, but they still only accept cash in petrol stations. Not a great thing to find out with a nearly empty tank in Aswerd.
3. The tourist industry, mainly built around kite surfing, seems to have survived covid pretty well. We stayed at dakhla Spirit. A decent hotel with good food. It was nearly full and whilst if we went back we’d definitely camp in the desert for a few nights, it was a good place to stay outside of dakhla.