Tunisia Camel Market

Pity the poor camel. Remember Lawrence of Arabia? The Bedouin Arabs rising from the desert to re-conquer their homeland. Carrying them up the Hijaz, across the Sun’s Anvil, was that essential, noble beast. But, lately, camels have fallen on tough times. They’ve been replaced by jeeps and trucks across most of Arabia, and maligned in the West as stubborn, spitting creatures. They’ve even lost their name: they’re not “camels” anymore, but “dromedaries” to be precise. But never mind all that. There is a place where people will still come for miles to get their camels. It’s in North Africa, and 2 below zero’s Diane Richard takes us there.

Savvy Traveler, 2001.