Yahia, 72 years old guide, walks incredibly fast. It is important to follow the pace of donkeys. They walk quite slowly with ascent and descent slopes where they often have load collapse. But they walk fast on the flat ground at the pace of around 5km/h without any rest. 4 hours walk without rest is very much tiring and I was so exhausted at the destination. The Tuareg tradition of three cups of sweet green tea cured my fatigue.

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Maximum load for a donkey is about 50kg and it is not possible to load large quantity of water. And donkeys need water every three days. It is therefore indispensable to find water places on the way. But due to no rain in the last two months, it was very difficult to find. A water place was found after long way but the water was green with some sediments… This water is not only for donkeys but also for tea and soup…

The plateau of Tadjerahine has many shelters where frescoes of white nomads such as Iheren, etc. There are also frescoes of black nomads as many as those of white nomads. There are some shelters where both black and white nomads left their paintings. It is interesting to find some traces of their cultural exchange. “Three laughing persons’” of Tadrast shows the body shape of black people but it shows contour line and light colored skin like the white nomads. They can be mixed-blood. The left person of “Dancing black people” has a tool like a boomerang which is mostly used by white nomads.