February 2001 - February 2002
No. of Days
Countries Visited
10 + 1 disputed territory
Distance travelled
10,000 miles


A selection of highlights from Michael’s journey.


Follow Michael's route through the largest desert in the world with our immersive and interactive map.


Sahara, in all its glorious colour. One of the great surprises of my travelling life was how beautiful the desert looked, and just how much vivid colour there was in the lives of the people we met.

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Sahara Book and DVD

As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history.