Taoujafet, just north of Rachid, is one of the reasons I was even
tempted to make the desert crossing at this point. In
hindsight I could just as easily have driven up from Tidjikja to the
South and saved a great deal of uncomfortable, though fascinating,
From the photographs,
it appears a very romantic oasis, with pools of water, wandering
nomads with their flocks...and if you hold your nose, the reality is
similar. Unfortunately, the watering hole is effectively a
cesspit for the animals which both drink and, well...you know!
As a consequence, in the Saharan sun, the smell is, as you might
imagine, rather ripe.
Got talked into
tea with a nomad who also showed us the cave paintings.
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