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Bilma - salt and camels

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Bilma is a small oasis town in the east of Niger. It has salt mines and on a yearly basis people come from the west of Niger to buy/trade for salt. This usually happens in the cooler period of the years. Getting to Bilma involves crossing the Tenere. No water and no food along the way.

Favourite spots:
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The salt mining and trading area. Hundreds of camels and people. The trip from Agades to Bilma and takes about 21 days. In Bilma it's buy salt, load up and then make the return trip.

What's really great:
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The warmth of the welcome. Bilma gets a steady stream of visitors but still stays LAIDBACK.

Sights:
The lake. In the middle of a desert the lake is both amazing and idyllic.

Other recommendations:
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The salt mines.

Published on Saturday November 30th, 2002


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Tue, Mar 21 2006 - 02:17 PM rating by marcosfonsec

Excellent! Excellent! I am fascinated by Saara, especially, by Bilma. Thank you!

Thu, Nov 06 2003 - 08:06 PM rating by whereisliz

I have dreamed of going here... maybe someday I will get to see it for myself!

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