Shindouk and his wife Miranda manage a guesthouse where they welcome visitors. Besides accommodation, they also offer a travel agency service with the possibility to organize excursions for those wishing to explore the region.
Philosophy: Our goal is to give travellers a quality, authentic experience based on responsible and sustainable tourism where visitors and local people can interact and exchange ideas.
Where you will find a refuge from the hustle of the city and indulge your passion for the Sahara. We offer simple clean rooms, dormitory and camping options at affordable prices.
What truly sets us apart from the other budget options in town is our commitment to the true Timbuktu-style of hospitality. At Sahara Passion you become a member of the family. You will never be pressured to take a guide that you don't want. We are more than willing to give advice and directions for free. You will be able to get outside the world of tourism and see and even experience the pace of life and culture of the real people. In short we make every effort to see that your stay is agreeable and stress free.
We are located near the north edge of town, far enough from downtown to be peaceful but close enough to be convenient. We are only a short stroll from the best dunes in the area at the intersection of various caravan routes. We are about 150 meters north of the Flamme de la Paix monument. Attention: please see the directions page as our location is off the map of most guide books.
Room with Private W/C (12,000 / 10,000 f cfa)
These rooms contain two single beds, which may be joined to form a double bed. There is a table, chair, and waste basket. Attached washroom includes shower, sink, and western style toilet .
Room with Shared W/C (10,000 / 7,500 f cfa)
These rooms contain a double bed, and a single bed. There is a table, chair, and waste basket. Washroom is shared. Dormitory (5,000 f cfa per person). This large room has space for several people. The thick banco walls offer a cool place to relax during the heat of the day. This option is good for individuals looking for a budget option or may be rented en toto by a group. The dormitory has an attached completely plumbed washroom with western pedestal-style toilet, sink and shower.
Camping (3,000 f cfa per person)
For those on a very tight budget, there are mattresses available for sleeping on the roof; or you may pitch a tent on the roof or in the courtyard. For those travelling overland with a camping car, parking is also available next to the building.
Special Reduction for Volunteers!
Volunteers who have come to Africa are invited to take advantage of specially reduced prices: 2000 f cfa per night camping or 3000 f cfa per night in the dormitory. Volunteers are also offered reductions on the price of camel rides and nights in the desert.
Day Use/Storing Baggage
For clients not lodging with us, but who are using our other services, such as arranging a trip in the desert, the public facilities are open for use free of charge. You may also securely store your belongs with us during your absence. Non-clients may use our facilities (shower, laundry, or a place to rest for the day) for a small fee.
Camping Car/Parking (2,500 f cfa)
For those visitors in private vehicles who wish the added security of parking inside our walls or who have a motorized camper: we have space for you. Our large gate opens wide to permit you to park inside the security of our walls or we have space outside if you prefer.
Breakfast (1,250 f cfa)
Breakfast consists of your choice of coffee or tea, with sugar and/or milk and fresh bread with jam or honey. You may request breakfast to be ready at any hour of the morning.
While staying with us you are welcome to prepare your own meals. We have charcoal stoves, which you may use or your own camping equipment. If you wish to have a meal prepared for you, please inform us in advance (in the morning for a lunch and by mid-day for supper). To have all meals included in your stay add 3000 cfa per day. The Amanar bar/restaurant at the Flamme de la Paix, is nearby. They have a selection of soft drinks and alcohol. It is advisable to inform them in advance if you will be there for dinner.
Sahara Passion Travel Agency
Our team is comprised of some of the most experienced and skilled guides and drivers in the region. We employ only qualified local guides for visits of any town and drivers who have first hand knowledge of the terrain in which they move.
We specialize in desert travel offering in depth guided trips into the desert regions of Mali and Mauritania, Algeria and Niger; via camel or 4x4.
With us you are master of your trip. We offer a variety of suggested itineraries that can help you plan your trip. You can choose one of these or you can use them as a base to plan your own personalized trip from start to finish. Feel free to contact us during the planning process for more information.
- Variable length of trip from a few days to a few weeks
- Variable comfort from luxurious (where possible) to adventurous
- Variable level of physical effort from light to heavy
- Public transport (where practicable), or private transport
- Guides/accompanists for your own outings
- 4x4 rental with driver
For More Information
Sahara Passion has its own website: Sahara Passion.