After leaving the wells of Tokou behind us, we drive through desert landscape, dry plains with a bush here and there, and rock formations scattered around us. Every now and then, we see a group of camels, a few nomads, perhaps on the way to the wells we have seen before to fetch water? Some of the rocks have weird shapes; we are driving through a landscape of towers and walls. And then, finally, we stop: straight ahead, we see a bottle-shaped rock. We get off, walk closer, admiring this amazing tall tower of vertical rock, shaped in such a curious way. Continuing our journey, we come across other towers, other walls, and the question comes back again and again: how were these rocks shaped the way they look now?
Then, we arrive at a big arch, in the shape of an elephant with its trunk attached to the ground. We walk through it, admire it from all sides, look up, and some enter one of the small caves or crawl through a hole in the rocky wall. A little further, we park in the shade of a big rock formation, and set off on a short walk. There is a big arch in a wall of rock, and walking through it, we arrive in a wide space with yet more rocks. We backtrack, admiring the arch from all sides, and walk in the shade. We come to an area where slender spires with wide ends stand on solid rock formations, like candles on a birthday cake. And these birthday cakes float on the light brown sand of the Sahara desert.
Around the corner, we find a necropolis: a collection of pre-Islamic tombs, piles of blackened stones, scattered around the plains between the rock formations. Little is known about these graves, as far as we understand, no research has been done, no tomb has been opened. We also find remains of stone tubes, which once had volcanic liquids inside, and which have over time dissolved into bits and pieces. Driving away from the area, we see small sand dunes at the foot of rock formations with slender spires. After driving through a narrow, shady canyon, we reach a spot for lunch, and explore the secluded area in which we find yet more elephant-shaped rocks, and a formation that looks like the index finger and thumb giving an OK sign. The shapes of the rocks are certainly inspirational!
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