The Sahara Desert Crossing

The Sahara Crossing-It was hard and dangerous to conduct this trade. Ibn Batuta has left a vivid description of how he crossed the desert in 1352.

He tell us how he travels down from fez to sijilmasa, then one of the greatest of the market-centers on the northern side of the Sahara. There In sijilmasa, he purchased four months supply of food for his camels. Together with a company of Moroccan merchants who were also traveling to the western Sudan, ibn batuta journeyed on to a place called Taghaza, a principal passed ten days of discomfort, because the water there is bitter and the place is plagued with flies. And there, at Taghaza, water supplies are laid on (by the caravan captains) for the crossing of the desert that lies beyond it, which is a ten nights journey as also with no water on the way except on rare occasions.

We indeed had the good fortune to find water in plenty, in pools left by the rain, ibn batuta continues. One day we found a pool of fresh water between two Rocky Hills. We quenched our thirst at it, and washed our clothes.
At that time we used to go ahead of the caravan, and when we found a place suitable for pasturge we would graze our beast, Also we went on doing this until one of our party was lost in the desert

Yep, After that I neither went ahead nor lagged behind, and we passed a caravan on the way and they told us that some of their party had become separated from them. We found one of them dead under a shrub, of the sort that grows on the sand, with his clothes on and a whip in his hand.

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