Dakhla Oasis and more camels

Trip Start Jan 17, 2009
Trip End Feb 06, 2009

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1/28 Dakhla Oasis

This morning is the big event- a real camel ride across the desert. The staff is finally rousted out to get us some breakfast, then we again go through the matching process and board our camels. These saddles are different- they have two metal bars to hold onto. The camels are all females and they have some babies tagging along. The ride lasts over an hour. I can't say it was very comfortable. My legs are rubber when we're done- and I don't want to talk about my sore butt. But it was quite an experience!

The 4x4 meet us at the end of the trek. We load up and head into an ancient mud brick village from the middle ages. A few of the building are still occupied but it's mostly a museum piece of how folks lived back then- and many are still living in the same type of structures.

Off again to a temple ruins in the desert from the Ptolemy period. There's also a fort for the Romans. It sits on top of a high hill with a wide view of the oasis valley. The 4x4 then try to take a short cut back to our motel to meet our waiting bus. We discover that they'd been flooding the fields from the irrigation ditch and the road is a valley of mud. The first van drives along the slanted road side- looking like it's ready to tip over. Our driver tries to maneuver us to get the right angle to try and follow the first van. As we're backing up the 3rd van goes zooming by, trying to take the puddle by force- and gets stuck. They get out a rope and tie it off to our van- we eventually get them pulled out. Then the cowboy in the first van drives our van through the slanting roadside- we cling to the upper side. He then drives the 3rd one through as well.

Back to the motel for a quick lunch then loading up the bus for the last leg of the trip to Kharga Oasis. We arrive again just before sunset. This is a very modern hotel compared to the other places we've been staying- pool, air conditioning etc. We all clean up and then meet in the bar before dinner. It's Stella time! (their local beer)
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youssef zeydan on

welcome to dakhla oasis
with your bedouin family

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