What To Do In Western Sahara

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Western Sahara is an area in North Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco. Its governance is disputed between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), but the majority of it is occupied by Morocco.

While there is a large coastline, much of it is rocky and not fit for beaches or travel. Large-scale fishing and ports are at Ad Dakhla. Much of the territory is arid desert. The area near the sand wall created by the Moroccan military (also known as "the berm") is surrounded by land mines and should be avoided. 

The landscape is mostly low, flat desert, with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast. Low-lying sand dunes cover the territory.

If you are travelling overland, you will find no border formalities between Morocco and Western Sahara. Your passport may be asked for at the many checkpoints on the road south, but will not be stamped and thus technically you are still in Morocco.


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Vital Stats

Region Info North Africa
Population 330.5 million
Highest Altitude 4,550 m
Ras Dejen, Ethiopia 14,928 ft
Lowest Altitude -153 m
Lac Assal, Djibouti -502 ft
Lowest Temperature -24.0 °C
Ifrane, Morocco (1935) -11.2 °F
Highest Temperature 57.8 °C
Al 'Aziziyah, Libya (1922) 136.0 °F

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