Check on Google Maps and type in Guelta d’Archei, Sahara. The results will give you a little dot in the middle of the desert that looks uninteresting from afar. But this place is actually home to one of the zoological wonders in the world.
Guelta d’Archei is a famous oasis in the heart of the Sahara desert. It’s an ancient pool of water that has sustained lives of animals and humans for many centuries. When you go to this place, what you’re going to find is completely amazing.
It looks like a speck in the middle of the Sahara desert.
Now this is interesting. What is this?
Go closer and this amazing place that looks like a camel paradise will appear before you.
This wonderful place is called the Guelta d’Archei – a life-sustaining oasis in the Sahara desert.
An oasis is formed when water under the ground spills over to the surface, resulting to guelta formation of permanent pools and reservoirs.
The Guelta d’Archei is inhabited not only by camels, but also by several kinds of animals most notably the Nile crocodiles.
The crocodiles feed on fish that eat the algae thriving on the waters fertilized by camel droppings.
This oasis is located in the Ennedi Plateau hidden behind a canyon, in north-eastern Chad.
This is the place where hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded after many days of travel.
Here they will quench their thirst and get a well-deserved rest for the next journey.
These camels are just so happy to be here.
Just look at these 7 camels knee deep into the water.
Adventurous photographers and tourists come to this place via a four-wheel drive vehicle and four days of travel from n’Djamena, the capital of Chad.