Saharah as she appears in New Leaf
|Gender|| Male (Japan)|
|Service||Rare flooring and wallpaper|
|Appearance(s)|| Animal Forest,|
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Regional Names|| Alcatifa|
Saharah (ローラン, Roland) is a camel in the Animal Crossing series that trades in rare carpets and wallpaper to the player. She has a different service in each Animal Crossing series game. She is beige with a white stomach. She wears a blue vest and has a white pack of flooring and wallpapers on her back.
Her name is derived from the Sahara Desert in Africa. Like how savannah is often spelled savanna, her name is sometimes spelt without the final h in villager conversations.
In Animal Crossing
In the original Animal Crossing, Saharah makes her living selling rare and exotic carpets from faraway lands. Like most of the game's other special characters, Saharah sells items that cannot be found anywhere else. She does, however, have a different way of doing business than Tom Nook; she accepts trade-ins. In order to get your hands on one of her carpets you must trade in one of your carpets along with some money. Her prices go up each time you buy a carpet and prices can get pretty steep. Chances are she has the carpet needed to complete a certain series or theme. In the original she also retains her Japanese Male voice.
In Animal Crossing: Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Saharah returns and this time she gives rare wallpaper and carpets. Instead of her trade-ins, she asks you to deliver carpet and wallpaper to special characters such as Blathers, the Able Sisters, Tom Nook, Pelly and Phyllis, similar to the way that the player works for Tom Nook earlier in the game. In return, she will allow you to choose between a carpet and a wallpaper.
She plays a part in the Golden Axe Trading Event, which involves the player trading various items to other special characters and hopefully get given a Golden Axe. When the player gets to know Saharah, she will talk about how she "longs for a turban."
In Animal Crossing: City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Saharah returns and once again accepts trade-ins. Though the player does not have to pay, she asks for old wallpaper or carpet, which can be obtained from other villagers around town, and only one or two will have them. If the player saves three of these old wallpapers or carpet every time she visits, she will give them a special gift. If the player tries to give her a wallpaper or carpet from their home or Tom Nook's Store, she will say that it is "still lovely!" but not accept it. Also, jock villagers refer to her as the 'lady with the burly eyelashes'.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Sahara plays a similar role in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but instead, she gives wallpapers and carpets away. The player will occasionally find her walking around town and she will offer to redecorate the player's wallpaper and carpet. If the player agrees to pay 3,000 bells, she will follow the player to their house, and redecorates the interiors with a random carpet and wallpaper combination. When she is done, she will give back the player's old wallpaper and carpet. More so than previous games, Sahara speaks in a shortened, almost fractured English, emphasizing her distance from home.
- According to cranky villagers in Animal Crossing: City Folk, her accent is fake. They claim that she used to do stand-up comedy in the The Marquee and didn't have an accent.
- There is a easy way to get many old carpets in one visit. First get the old carpet on one person, and get more carpets with different characters. Then drop the extra carpets and have the person that the player wants to get the exotic carpet with pick up the other carpets and then give them to her to get a rare carpet.
- Despite being female, Saharah is referred to as male in the Prima Official Strategy Guide for Animal Crossing. This is probably due to her male voice in Animal Crossing, or the fact that she is male in the Japanese games.
- Although it's hard to see why Saharah was changed from a boy to a girl in the versions outside of Japan, the reason could be her eyelashes. However, it is common for camels of either gender to have long eyelashes, as they are what protects their eyes from getting sand in them.
- Saharah refers to Tom Nook as "King Nook".
- Sahara and Gracie are the only two characters to have a gender change when Animal Crossing was being localized.