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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, desert driving.

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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