Sand, Wind and Stars - LRDG, 70 years on.
Join us on a unique trip to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of The Long Range Desert Group.
We shall be driving many of the pistes they drove back in World War Two, through some of the most exciting and magnificent desert scenery the Sahara has to offer in a matched pair of genuine 1943 Jeeps.
Between the wars Major Ralph Bagnold, together many of his old chums would go out on self funded trips into the Sahara from their base in Cairo. In 1941 Bagnold was given just six weeks to create the Long Range Desert Group. We have had a little longer to plan our trip!
Our two 1943 Jeeps will land in Alexandria Port to embark on a 13 day adventure, covering about 1200 miles of pure desert driving. From Cairo, southwest to Ain Della, then on as far south as Gilf el Kebir, ‘8 Bells’, then back north, through the Great Sand Sea to ‘Big Cairn’, and on to Siwa, for so long the base of the LRDG. We shall end the tour with celebratory cocktails in The Cecil Hotel at ‘Monty’s Bar’, little changed since the LRDG celebrated there after their own trips.
Mahmoud Sayed Marai, will be our experienced guide for the trip, having covered 150,000 kms in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East. Back up and logistics will be provided by Siag Travel, of Cairo, in Toyota Land Cruisers with a cook and a mechanic. Our security will be provided by eight armed soldiers from the Egyptian Army riding in military Toyota Pick-ups. This is more a way of the Egyptian Government raising much need funds than an indication of our vulnerability to attack - which is most unlikely!
We have space for just five additional team members on this trip and the fee will cover all expenses of the expedition and accommodation. There will be ample opportunity for everyone to drive the Jeeps and a chance to ride in the Toyotas when needing rest!
Practise your double declutching!
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There can never be any cast iron guarantees with desert travel, but the four of us involved in the running of this expedition have a great deal of experience and a 100% success rate in achieving our aims. However, please read our terms and conditions and ensure you are aware of the risks prior to booking.