Sahara Dreaming is an artistic expedition across the Sahara desert. With extreme temperatures and during a period of political instability, it is one of the most culturally rich and mysterious regions in the world. Through photography and creation of videos, we will be documenting and sharing all interactions throughout this voyage. Culture, landscape, food, transportation and even charity are some of focuses. The aim is capturing those unique moments of discovery put in value through professional photography techniques as well as filming methods such as time lapse. Blogging about interactions with locals in their day-to-day activities; as a way to understand the way they perceive the world. Participating in minor charity was done by visiting the orphanages SOS Children's Village along the way, the goal was to dedicate one full day to visit and learn more about their daily activities and programs. After the voyage, do expect international expositions and “Sahara Dreaming The Book” including some of the most exclusive and technical photography and experiences will be published. Sharing the discovery and appreciating our fans and sponsors are part of Sahara Dreaming, as we say, “The best dreams are the ones shared.”
MOUSTAFA CHEAITELI / Photographer and Founder
I was born and raised in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. From a very young age, traveling and photography has attracted and sucked me into its world. As time passed and experience gained, I got to learn from the best across continents. With confidence, I am proud and happy to say that time has come to make a dream come true. Crossing the Sahara for many years has been on my mind and now is the time!!!
I was very lucky to have met Ivan during my travel. Very smart man with a large knowledge of very essential elements to this expedition. Choosing a teammate is extremely essential, especially when it involves crossing some of the most difficult regions on earth. Sahara Dreaming will be our masterpiece and we both look forward to making it happen. Sharing this incredible experience and making you part of its culture will be our rewarding joy.
Same goes with Selim as his dedication and focus on making the best happen for Sahara Dreaming was exceptional. He toke absolute amazing care of me and embarrassed me within his family. He's knowledge in filming and his creative are to be well noted. With his interest to this expedition amongst many other reasons, he became a team member of Sahara Dreaming.
GONZALO / Co-Founder, web and graphic design
responsible for all graphic design, social media and web development within Sahara Dreaming.
I was born in Argentina and lucky enough in Patagonia, a magical and charming place. It filled me with childhood memories of thousands of kilometers of roads across endless landscapes in its purest form of existence. The hospitality of the people when our vehicle broke down, getting towed long di stances to the nearest village. Or the imagne of my father stopping for as many hitchikers as possible as he tells me “When I was younger, it gave me lots of joy when people stopped”
After studying computer science, I moved to Spain, where I lived for over ten years. I try to lead a life without ties, so I would be able to move whenever I get the chance.
I met Moustafa last year through CouchSurfing, during his visit to Almería. It was a great pleasure meet him and kept contact ever since. One day, in the middle of all my pondering about what to do with my future, Moustafa told me, full of excitement his plan about the Sahara crossing. This created such envies that I left all my planes and asked if I could join… luckily he agreed!
SELIM CHERIF / Film Maker and part time Adventurer
Film maker and photographer, born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Tunisia. I got interested in photography from a very young age, traveling and seeing different cultures helped me discover the world, learn more about myself and my interests as well. Being a citizen of a country located on the Mediterranean sea was one of the reasons that attracted me to discovering and being open to this traveler's mindset. With confidence, I am proud and happy to say that time has come to make a dream come true. Crossing the Sahara for many years has been on my mind and now is the time!!!
I was very lucky to have met Moustafa Cheaiteli even before he began the expedition. Very challenging man with a large knowledge of essential elements to this expedition. We met in the capital of Tunisia on the very first day he arrived, I directly asked him to be his guide throughout Tunisia with time i became his film member and slowly developed many of the short time lapse made throughout the country. Choosing a teammate is extremely essential, especially when it involves crossing some of the most difficult regions on earth. I was heavily involved in film making and documenting of some of our normal working days and was part of some of the exclusive discovering moments of Sahara Dreaming and proud to say we got them on short videos to be published soon. With team work Sahara Dreaming will be a masterpiece and we all look forward to sharing this incredible experience and making you part of its culture will be our rewarding joy.
This is the official path crossed by Moustafa Cheaiteli between February and April 2013!
More than 13000km along six countries!
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