The People of Erg Chebbi
The Sahara Desert is a massive expanse covering almost 4 million square miles of northern Africa. Yet despite what on first appearance seem a region of very little life, there are many tiny villages hidden away in the dunes. Erg Chebbi is a relatively small stretch of Saharan sandy desert and it’s no exception. The people of Erg Chebbi are warm, hospitable and tenacious in their attempts at making a living. It is these encounters that provide us with our most memorable travel experiences.
The Female of the Species
It’s rare to see women within the dunes. They spend most of their time making house, caring for their families and going about their daily chores in the vicinity of their desert village. They will always hide their faces if they even get a sniff of a lens being pointed in their direction.
The Entrepreneurial Male of the Species
The fossil sellers have to be the most persistent of the Saharan entrepreneurs. Letting them know that you don’t wish to buy their fossils before you’ve even seen them, of course does not deter them. How would you know that you don’t wish to buy? When you see them, you may change your mind! Mmmm. I think not.