A group of scientists, explorers, technicians and film-makers have left Dakar in Senegal, on the continent's West Coast, for a trans-Africa journey across to Sahara to the Red Sea.
A group of scientists, explorers, technicians and film-makers have left Dakar in Senegal, on the continent's West Coast, for a trans-Africa journey across to Sahara to the Red Sea. The expedition is travelling in seven French-made Renault SAVIEM trucks. They will have to conquer a distance of 4,320 miles (7,000 kilometres) across the desert before reaching the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
SYNOPSIS: The expedition is a joint venture between Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Libya. The African countries involved are aiming at establishing a new trans-Sahara route of significant importance to the development of their foreign trade.
The president of Senegal, M. Leopold Senghor, came to bid farewell to the expedition's leader, M. Constantin Brive, and the other explorers. The trucks have been especially equipped and prepared for the crossing. A heavy load of food, technical equipment and spare parts includes eleven hundred gallons (5,800 litres) of petrol and nearly 300 gallons (1.400 litres) of water. The journey will take three months.
An extensive programme of scientific research has been designed for the members of the expedition -- mapping the route being their main project. But there also is a sporting element involved in the venture -- the Sahara desert has never been crossed on wheels from West to East. The film unit aborad will produce a documentary on the unprecedented journey.