The153 Club
The Agades Cross
People of the Sahara
Saharan Landscapes
Saharan Salt Trade
The Gundi
Illizi Festival 2000
Sahara Freeze-up
Camel Cheese
153 News Update
Join the 153 Club

Père de Foucauld
L'Arbre du Ténéré 1
L'Arbre du Ténéré 2
Saharan Forts 1
Saharan Forts 2
Saharan Rock Art
Giraffe Engravings
Leo Africanus
Battuta's Saharan travels
Shabeni's Timbuktu
Timbuctoo the Mysterious
Heroditus & Pliny on Libya
Timbuktu, a poem

Joliba Trust
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 1
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 2
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 3
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 4
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 5
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 6

Old Michelin Maps
Early NW Africa Map 1
Early NW Africa Map 2
Early NW Africa Map 3
Early NW Africa Map 4
Early NW Africa Map 5
Saharan Exploration

Henry Barth 1
Henry Barth 2
Henry Barth 3
Denham & Clapperton 1
Denham & Clapperton 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 1
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 3
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 4

External Links

Jim Mann Taylor's Home Page


The 153 Club

The 153 Club is for Sahara Desert travellers. The Club takes its name from the old Michelin 153 map of NW Africa.


Drawing by Iacovleff

Mahoma, a Songhai of Ansongo, painted by Alexandre Iacovleff during the Citroën Central African Expedition by Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 1924/1925.


The Club was founded in August 1978 when several like minded travellers got together for a social evening.

Since then the Club membership has grown to include not only travellers, but professionals who have lived or worked in NW Africa. We publish 2 Bulletins each year with any news and articles provided by members including details of the next upcoming meeting, which we email out, unless members state they would rather have a ‘hard’ copy. We also have three regular meetings a year, plus other impromptu outings, for example to exhibitions with 153 interest.


Camel heads
Photograph © Jim Mann Taylor


Our aim is to maintain a membership of 153 people and at present we have a few vacancies. The only criterion for Club membership is to have worked or travelled within the confines of the old Michelin map 153 (now sadly 953), principally covering the Sahara and adjoining countries.


Subscriptions run from 1 October to 30 September. From December 2017 the subscription will be £10, per annum. To apply for membership of The 153 Club, go to the Joining page or email for an Application form.

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