Idea

               Instinct wanderers

 

The concept of Nomad Instinct was born from our passion for Africa, which has infected curious, open to new experiences travelers who want to see, to know and to understand more. Africa – the cradle of the Humanity has amazing energy and incredible power of attraction. What we propose is to experience the true, authentic, indigenous Africa – not dominated by mass tourism yet. It is a return to the roots, to nomadic instinct that had been leading tribal nomads for thousands of years, and still invites us to travel in an alternative way, set on adventures and personal experiences, which remain in the memory forever.

      

 «A nomad’s instinct it is not survival – its wanderlust»

Nomad Instinct is the philosophy of travel in a way that fits best your personality, expectations, interests, needs, and passion… You are our Guests, with whom we create unique travel programs and with whom we plan our African (and not only) expeditions.
We also create programs for tour-operators and travel agencies, especially those open to less standard solutions. And we consult tourist destination for individuals travelling to Spain and North-West Africa.

         Passion and Know-How

 

The international team of Nomad Instinct is formed of experts of various parts of Africa (and the World), lovers of active tourism and sports. What unites us is the belief that the world is full of wonders – and so we want to show it to you. We act locally. We focus on areas that we know well. We work on the spot with the best providers. Our partners are reliable, experienced organizers of tourism, leisure and sports in the regional markets and non-profit organization supporting the development of local communities – we support the idea of ​​responsible tourism and sustainable development. We cooperate with the rally teams, sport camps, local foundations, experienced mountain and local guides, sports and outdoor activities specialists, off road pilots, photographers, animators of culture and events, festivals and workshops.

We do not impose ready-made patterns – the most important are YOU and your interests, passions and dreams. We create travel programs together, step by step, listen carefully to your ideas and propose the best solutions. We believe that the perception of sensations and a possibility of a soaking in the atmosphere and culture of the region is important, and we try to show what really deserves attention. We respect individuality – we will help you organize a trip even for a very small group (2 persons as minimum). Travel in a small group has another advantage – the framework program implies a certain freedom to take spontaneous decisions on the spot.

    Choose what suits you best

 

Trips, expeditions and theme stays programs which we sent on request are original proposals of our team, and of partner companies – which in that case can be developed and modified by us to the needs of our guests and corporate clients. Consider these examples as a source of inspiration and starting point for the creation of your own «journey to meet the dreams», which we hope, will transform into the adventure of a lifetime.

We introduced 3 categories of Travel: Experience, Adventure and Explorer. Our trips and expeditions are assigned to 1 or 2 categories. Please, be sincere to yourself and answer some questions below to know what suits you best.

                     Experience    E

 

  • Are you going to this part of the world for the first time?
  • Do you prefer trips a bit more «organized»?
  • What you want is to know what is most interesting to visit, to experience and «taste» the atmosphere of the country and learn as much as possible in a condensed time?
  • Do you value a sense of comfort?
  • Do you have concerns about finding yourself in a different culture?
    EXPERIENCE is just for you.

 

             Adventure    A

 

  • You have been already here, but departed feeling unsatisfied?
  • Would you like to see and experience more?
  • Are you interested in less known, hard to reach places and countries?
  • Standard holiday programs do not correspond with your expectations?
  • Do you prefer to travel in the company of family/friends only?
  • Adventure sucks – even if not everything can be precisely planned and predicted?
    ADVENTURE is just for you.

 

  •               Explorer    X

 

  • Always independent and preferring to step in your own paths?
  • Routes explored by others are not for you?
  • The hotel’s five stars have no chance to compete with the «million stars hotel» – overnight in the wilderness under open sky?
  • Adventure is a challenge, adrenaline, hardships and sacrifice?
  • Road beckons you into the unknown?
  • Are you looking for extreme experiences?
  • Do you think that the real adventure begins where the comfort zone ends?
  • Do you plan and realize your travels alone and no one is needed to help?
    EXPLORER is just for you.

However if you’ve looked in here, it is likely that you are missing time to plan your dream trip this time. Yes, you’ve come to the right place. We can offer you something special.  

    A moment of reflection

 

We want to show the World as it is – true and sometimes distant from our perceptions and stereotypes. Our trips are designed for travelers open to the world and people, respecting the culture, traditions and local customs. Africa defends itself with the beauty of landscapes, cultural diversity and truly magnetic atmosphere. On the other hand, be realistic. Do not expect that in developing countries, everything will function like a Swiss watch.
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Projects


THE GRAFFITI PROJECT

PREHISTORIC HERITAGE OF SAHARA

 

Explorer      X

 

 

 

THE GRAFFITI PROJECT is the idea of ​​a serie of expeditions in order to reach those regions of the Sahara Desert, where there are the most interesting and richest concentrations of prehistoric rock art. On that basis, you can trace the life and beliefs of the indigenous people of the desert dating from the time when Sahara was dominated by fertlile pastures – nearly until now. For nomads rock painting and engravings was always a way of exchanging information – like modern walls covered with graffiti. Saharan graffiti count often thousands or tens of thousands of years. And the oldest witness of life in this region was found in 1999. The stone statue of the Venus of Tan Tan is approx. 400 000 years old.

But this journey is not only focused on prehistory – there’re also also virgin landscapes, fascinating culture and life of the nomads. From this point of view expeditions will be organized by the Association dedicated to support local communities in aim to maintain their traditional lifestyle – sedentary and nomadic.

Intercultural nature of these expeditions is to integrate with the residents of the desertic areas. In addition to hotels or riads we will stay with local families – in nomads tents and in their modest clay houses. We will live in the rhythm of their lives – leaving the ordinary rush and stress to other occasions. And we will also have the possibility of exploration of the areas on our own.

This is not a trip – but a serious off-road expedition. We may indeed be driven around, but we assume that we prefer to ride independently, in our own – or rented cars. It’s part of the adventure – the excitement and adrenaline resulting from driving on rough desert trails. For this reason, the expedition will need not only a local guide – but the experienced offroad pilot – and we’ll ride in a convoy, not separating out.

We will see

  • Large clusters of rock engravings from different eras, covering the rocks at the edge of the dry oued bed. In the neighborhood there is also the newly built museum where you can get acquainted with the history of rock art in Western Sahara.
  • A small cave, covered with dozens of ochra paintings made, some of which can be seen only lying squeezed in the gap between the rocks forming the «ceiling» and the floor of this former nomads shelter. Precisely painted human figures and animals mingle here with the dynamism of group scenes and abstract symbols. Performances of animals that today we associate with savannas of central Africa (eg. Elephants), remind us that the Sahara was once a fertile, green land.
  • Unusual engravings around the oued Draa. Bedrock, like a big board covered with hundreds of petroglyphs, applied for hundreds of years by nomads, periodically visiting this place. The passage of time and changing reality are perfectly reflected in the content of rites, and it can be seen that the rhythm of nomadic life has not changed too much since the days when their ancestors had carved the first figure in the rock.
  • Interesting site in the mountains, where are several well-preserved paleolithic engravings. Quite recently at one of the site it has been created a small museum.

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Transahara

Overlanding Africa

In this raid there is no «organization» that provides services to participants. TRANSAHARA is a raid among friends who want to go together to reach the authentic, tribal Africa. Participants are searching «Control Points» individually. Their expenses – accomodation, restaurants, garages etc. – are to be paid directly on the spot during the raid. Naturally, to appear in the «Control Points» in the required time one must be prepared well in advance.

Solidarity, friendship, strength of will, good humor, curiosity… That’s the style what we, the “Tribe of Transahara», like.

We also like the holidays, traveling by car, spend little money, pass the night outdoors choosing the place which appears to us, eat what we cook…

History

In October 2000 a group of eight friends went to Dakar in two cars. That time people had to cross the border between Morocco and Mauritania gathering in convoys, whose departed on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, of course accompanied by the Gendarmerie. The convoy was formed in Dakhla and reached Nouadhibou. A strange convoy: travelers of many nationalities, shining new cars, and ruined old ones, motorbikes, vans and trucks, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Mauritanians, Senegaleses… The tarmac road to Nouakchott, the capital of Mauretania wasn’t built yet, so to go South, you had to travel 460 km of difficult tracks through the dunes of the Banc d’Arguin National Park. People used to go together. That time we joined a group of more than a dozen cars.

And however the majority of drivers in the group agreed to go individually in their own pace, they insisted to put some «meeting points» at noon and evening. If somebody didn’t appeared in the meeting point, we would know he had problems…

It worked during the two-day crossing Sahara to Nouakchott. The system permitted everyone to go his own pace, but without separating from the «Mother» group.

After a couple of years we repeated the experience in the same friends’ company, adding two more teams to our group. This time we planned to go to Mali, so we prepared around a hundred «meeting points» along the way from Algeciras to the Bandiagara Escarpment. We had all: beach, mountain, adventure and relaxation.  So we started repeating overlanding vacations in Africa in every August: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.


The 2008 edition was a milestone. Friends became rally teams in a highly competitive RAID. As for the «Meeting Points» we started to call them «Passage Controls» – those who collect highest score of «Controls» at appointed time, win. Again, everyone liked the formula.

In the START point of Algeciras appeared people, and nobody knew them. Then, on the fifth day, in the Mauritanian desert we were all like brothers.

In the «VII RAID A BURKINA FASO» in August 2009 participated a record number of 64 vehicles participated and we spent again an unforgettable holidays. We were one of the most «strange» African Tribes. Unfortunately in November 2009 Algerian Islamists (better call them desert bandits) kidnapped three Catalans in Mauritania. And in successive editions teams’ assistance to our RAID was diminishing. The French military intervention in northern Mali in early 2013 allowed the return of public security to that country. In the summer 2014 dozen vehicles appeared again in the «XIV RAID» to Burkina Faso, and now we can observe a slight increase in participation in TRANSAHARA Raids.

When we started these raids we called them TOURIST. And we were driving mostly on tarmac or on well kept primary trails, because the goal was to get to the heart of Africa in only two weeks. But asphalting of the old tracks and increased local traffic in recent years, have forced us to reschedule routes to less attended dirt roads and tracks.

Now we go directly to the secondary tracks. Narrower and much more deteriorated, those tracks increase exotism and interest in travel, but also the difficulty.

Now it is more difficult to get to the «Control Points» at the time required. We can forget that old «tourist» connotation that we had: now our RAIDS have become authentic sport events, with little time for tourism! Who want to «keep up with the rhythm» and meet the schedules, should strive.

                            Antonio Ortega,

  the Founder

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In Tarifa

 

Everything you need on the Andalusian shore of the Straits of Gibraltar you’ll find here:  http://www.intarifa.info/ Welcome to the European wind capital and  the surfers paradise!

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Contact

Please, be in touch with us

 

team@nomad-instinct.com

transahara@nomad-instinct.com

 

or call us: +34  696 184 322