Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Camels! Your correspondent went on a somewhat cheesy, but still totally fun and worth-it camel ride through the Sahara from our camp to an oasis. Obviously this is mostly for novelty value now, as most locals get around the desert on motorcycles or SUVs. We did see some people leading pack trains of camels, but I think to some extent these were just to reposition camels for tourist rides and resupply tourist camps.
But our guide did claim that there are wild camels run around the desert. Most of the obviously owned camels I saw had some sort of rope tied to their mouths even when they were let out to pasture. And I did not see any camel-herder around these camels, so maybe they are indeed wild (or more likely feral?) camels.