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After a night camping in the desert, our group stopped at a mineral bath on the outskirts of the oasis of Farafra, near the center of Egypt, for a chance to get clean. Pumps bring up water from the underground aquifer and pour it into the pool; the excess then drains off into irrigation channels.

After bathing we went inside the adjacent hut for lunch. We emerged to find a large herd of camels plodding across the desert in our direction. On arrival they went directly to our bathing pool to satisfy their thirst, watched over by one of their minders standing in the bath.

I was glad we had done our bathing first.

Farafra is a town of about 4,000 people, one of the smaller oases in the region. From the location of this shot, if you turned around the opposite direction you would see not open desert but rather the green farms and date palm groves that surround the town, a few hundred meters away.

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