The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert. It covers most of Northern Africa extending through several countries. In comparison, it is almost the size of the United States. The most common means of transport is the camel although vehicles are used too. Camels are an ancient form of transport that has blend in with the modern life of the people around. These do well in the desert as they can go for several days without water as it is a scarce commodity in the desert. For those who want to experience life in the desert, there is no better choice of transport than the camel.
Camel trekking through the Sahara is normally organized by tour operators in the region and abroad. Though it is not the most comfortable means of transport in the desert, it is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime. These trips can range from one day trips to even several weeks trip around the desert. The experience of having nothing around you, the desert’s silence and heat, though harsh is an unforgettable experience. As you tour the desert during the day, all you can see are heat waves miles ahead that look like pools of water. Life around is non existent or very minimal. Sometimes, one can have the feeling of being in a land where no life ever existed.
The sand dunes are a beautiful feature in the Sahara Desert. These coupled with the mountains around make a spectacular view. They can be all that you see for hundreds of miles ahead. Though a desert, there are other animals that thrive well here other than the camel. These include the jackal, the sand fox, the nubian wild, the anubis baboon, spotted hyena, desert hedgehog, dorcas gazelle among others. Not many animal species can withstand the harsh weather conditions around.
Bird species can also be found around. Most are migratory birds and can mostly be found around or near water sources. These include the ostrich, guinea fowl, secretary birds, raptors, nubian bustards, desert eagle, barn owls among others. The migratory bird species have been known to be over 300. On the sand dunes and in the rocks, cobras, lizards, chameleons and skinks can be found. You can choose to spend the night in the open under a tent or in one of the Arabian styled hotels around. The nights are a big contrast to what you one had to go through during the day. They are cool, silent and very peaceful. The skies are very clear and brightly lit by millions of stars.
As the sun rises or goes down, one can have a spectacular view on one of the sand dunes around. As this takes place, the color of the sand around can be seen changing. Nights in the open are normally near an oasis. Meals are prepared over an open fire and it is a time to experience the delicacies and spices the desert has to offer. As you enjoy the silence of the still night, you can hear the tribe’s men beating their drums away miles across the desert.