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There are many other landscapes in the Sahara, although I am not sure whether any of them really fits the bill. I suspect most of it is actually more arid than the American West (but you could perhaps find some similarity with the Death Valley). Here are a few suggestions (not that most of these places is easy to reach or can boast of any significant ...


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TL;DR -> No, not really On the plus side, a sauna can get you accustomed to sweat. But a typical sauna session of 20 - 30 minutes will not include the activities you would undertake in a visit to Africa. It's also not the same kind of sweat you get in a tropical environment. Some evidence for acclimation is given by examining how the military trains ...


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The last trade route regularly used by camel caravans in Sahara is the Darb-el-arbain, or the forty days road, from Sudan to Egypt. The traded goods are the camels themselves. As recently as May 25, 2013, a TV documentary about this trade route has been broadcast by Arte, the German-French TV channel. This documentary is available during one week on the ...


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While I haven't been myself, I've done some research so figured I may as well share. For tours and excursions: The Siwa Guide - desert safaris, and they describe a sea of sand stretching as far as the eye can see. They have half day, full day and custom trips - which could include camel safaris, or camping under the stars. Abu-Zahra Bedouin Safaris - ...


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I tried the sauna idea myself before moving from the northern hemisphere (in the middle of winter) to the equator. There was no 'control' in that experiment, so I can't clearly say whether it worked or not. But another aspect of this is psychological. What seems unpleasant or normal depends on what you are used to. The strain of ...


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Just by looking at the map (I've spent some time in Chile but missed that), it looks like Iquique would be the most obvious starting place. A city with 166,000 people in 2002 and beaches has of course tourist tours.


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One option you could consider is the Siwa Oasis. It's an isolated oasis situated in the Western Desert region of Egypt, approximately 550 km west of the capital Cairo, 305 km south-west of Marsa Matruh and some 50 km from the border with Libya. Extending some 80 km in length and 20 km in width, the oasis is one of the most isolated settlements in the ...


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I don't know anything about preparing yourself or the physiology of it all but I can tell you that a sauna does not feel like a typical tropical climate at all. Of course, “tropics” is quite vague and covers many different areas but many places in Africa or South-East Asia are also very wet and, from experience, it's not like a sauna (which is very dry).


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Desert tours in Morocco run year round. As a tour operator in Morocco we organize tours to Erg Chebbi sand dunes by Merzouga anytime of the year, all summer and even during Ramadan. But we discourage clients coming to Erg Chegaga sand dunes by M'hamid. Because these sand dunes are in complete wilderness, over 1 hour off road driving though the desert and ...


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I believe such tours were available 10 years ago but I doubt that anybody is offering journeys across the Sahara today, no matter the transport means. I have some vague recollection of acquaintances doing this kind of thing a long time ago, before the Algerian civil war of the '90s but if you believe travel advisories from the different Foreign Affairs ...


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while it is possible to train yourself to endure harsh climatic conditions(such as cold or heat), is not something easily accomplish, as Lewis mentions first of all you have to be on a place where there is enough room for move or emulate your activities there not just sitting, also it is a process that takes much time(not a month or two more like some years) ...


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A similar question was asked in The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange. The short answer is Long sleeve light colored thin fabric cotton is leagues better than any synthetic. The short explanation is that cotton retains water (sweat in your case), so it dries slower. Cotton will keep you cool by slowing down the evaporation experienced at high heat and low ...


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Obviously it'll depend on the time of year, but my feeling in Marrakech was that something would 'appear' if you needed it, they were always keen to make some cash. We didn't have time for the desert tours, but hoped to do a day tour to a nearby river valley. Lo and behold our Riad owner suddenly had a friend running a tour, and indeed came along himself. ...


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This is actually not the case and while no site states that tours run year round you could find references on TripAdvisor where a user documents his trip to Sahara in June and another referring to a similar tour in September. And while tours might be suggested for November through February because the temperatures in the winter might be more comfortable for ...


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remember that sauna is a controlled environment. heat, humidity, activity etc. is different in african dessert. It would be better if you will train yourself in outdoor endurance activities such as running, biking.


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Iquique is a good start point to get to the Atacama Giant. See a possible itinerary to get there.



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