Ten years ago, after the murder of four French tourists in southern Mauritania, tour operators were deserting the desert.
The guides, camel drivers and hoteliers in the Atar region were reduced to unemployment. But now, a lot is changing with the resumption of flights to the Atar region.
Eight French tour operators now offer treks and hikes in one of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
Jean Phillipe, of New Gate Travel is one of them.