At the end of the track was a small circular car park .. with a collection of modern vehicles.
We followed a group of Mauritanians carrying picnic accessories along a winding path
and through a grove of palm trees, at the base of some very steep and spectacular cliffs.
Bearing in mind that although we were then nicely shaded from the direct
sunshine and the open desert temperatures in the upper 40c degrees .. we were also in the middle of a mountainous, barren, poor and sparsely populated area, hundreds of kilometres away from most types of
European-style 'civilised comforts' .. in one of the hottest and driest countries in the world.
The incredible sights awaiting us at the end of the path were truly amazing !