After visiting spectacular Patagonia, Australia, the untainted and most wild region of the Maranhao, blinding-white dunes and steaming hot tropical jungles, the Donnavventura team went back to their very origins, organizing another breath-taking raid in the Tunisian part of the Sahara Desert. Back there in 1989, the Donnavventura expedition set camp for the very first time in its decades-long history.
This time rules have sensibly changed: the 8 members of the expedition include 4 V.I.P.s already well known on Mediaset Italian TV network, along qith 4 veteran travel reporters. Here they are:
ELLEN HIDDING – already featured in TV programs “Mai dire gol”, “Mai dire Maik”, “Zelig”
ANTONELLA GUALDI – Donnavventura in Patagonia 1999 veteran
ELEONORA BENFATTO – Miss Italy 1989
DEANNA ORIENTI – Donnavventura in the Amazon 2001 veteran
BARBARA CAPPELLI – already featured in TV program “Fuego!” - Italia 1
SARA CERINI – Donnavventura in Australia 2000 veteran
MARINA GRAZIANI – already featured in TV program “Striscia la Notizia” ‘96-‘99
SILVIA PAPAGNA – Donnavventura in Lybia ‘98 veteran
The new team set off in Genoa, sailing to Turkey while finalizing the last details of another challenging expedition.
Once in Tunis, the caravan drove South to Hammamet along the coast, thus reaching the island of Djerba. Then it was time to get some solace in a nice oasis right in the middle of the dunes, before tacking the latter with reckless, but professional driving their off-road vehicles in order to improve skills and determination. Soon everybody got up to speed also with setting up camp quickly in order to successfully challenge the frequent sandstorms and the treacherous, harsh environment of the desert. All that was absolutely worth ita s more than once our explorers were able to observe in awe the most astonishing starry skies in their lives.
This expedition was a most unique one, extremely thick with sensations, thrills and with a twist of “celebrity”.