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AOUDAGHOST
Old caravan junction

Aoudaghost, located out in the sand seas, used to be an important caravan hub, with caravans between Sijilmassa of Morocco and Kumbi Salah. The main products were salt and gold The trade between sub-Sahara and Mediterranean Africa was well organized as early as 500 BCE, when horses and bullocks were the normal caravan animals.
The camel was domesticated in the 3rd century CE, resulting in easier transportation. Aoudaghost flourished. The city long withstood conversion into Islam, but in the 12th century it passed into the hands of Muslim rulers, forcing the local Berbers to leave.
Aoudaghost was abandoned in the late 17th century, and today nobody lives here — the hotter climate and reduced water supplies has made that impossible.
Most of the ruins are yet to be excavated. The medieval city from the 9th until 16th centuries can be seen near the well of Togba. Further north, there is a necropolis, but we do still not know who built this. To the southeast, at al-Abiad, cave paintings can be found.

Eat and Sleep
Nothing, but camping is quite possible.

Transportation
Arrange for transportation from Kiffa - this could turn out to be quite expensive. Make it clear to your driver that he has to work as a guide too, since the sights around Aoudaghost can be hard to locate, and there are no locals around to ask.

Going Next
125 km southwest: Kiffa





By Tore Kjeilen