Ten of the Best: Although Camels Are Perfectly Adapted to Lengthy Treks through the Vast Arid Expanse of the Sahara, Humans Aren't. but While the Tuareg May Have Conquered the Desert Centuries Ago without Modern Technology, These Gadgets Will Also Prove Invaluable among the Dunes

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Ten of the Best: Although Camels Are Perfectly Adapted to Lengthy Treks through the Vast Arid Expanse of the Sahara, Humans Aren't. but While the Tuareg May Have Conquered the Desert Centuries Ago without Modern Technology, These Gadgets Will Also Prove Invaluable among the Dunes


Don't forget ...

... to pack a supply of Chinese 'gunpowder' green tea to give to nomads for their hospitality. This is the least they deserve after they have shared with you their meal and have welcomed you into their tent, miles from the nearest village

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WALKING POLE

Brasher Compact

49 [pounds sterling]/228 GRAMS

Locals use rudimentary wooden walking poles, which they sometimes place horizontally behind their necks, their arms hanging from them. You can imitate this and choose a suitable branch from an acacia tree, or opt for this more sophisticated model

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BINOCULARS

Zeiss Victory Compact 10x25 T

400 [pounds sterling]/250 GRAMS

Good binoculars are vital for spotting cairns and wandering camels. They can even save your life if you are lost or in desperate need of water and you have to find a hidden well. This model is both rugged and compact

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RUGGEDISED COMPUTER

Terralogic Toughnote D-13

FROM 2,500 [pounds sterling]/UP TO SIX KILOGRAMS

This ruggedised laptop should resist sandstorms and maybe even a camel stampede. It's as heavy in your hands as it is on your chequebook, but you'll no longer worry about grains of sand destroying your machine

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CAMEL SADDLE

Locally bought tarik

50-70 [pounds sterling]/THREE KILOGRAMS

When leading a camel train, it's better to walk in front of, rather than ride, the first camel, but it's sensible to keep a saddle on the animal in case someone gets tired or injured. The tamzak is an unmistakable status marker with any Tuareg you may encounter

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SATELLITE PHONE

Thuraya SG-2520

980 [pounds sterling]/170 GRAMS

If you are embarking on a long-distance camel trek, you may not want to remain in touch with the outside world, as isolation and self-sufficiency are part of the experience. …

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