Although the Rendille do not ride camels, they do load their homes and all their household possessions on the backs of male animals when shifting camp. These beautiful caravans - one of the most arresting sights of northern Kenya - can cover up to 40km in a six- to eight-hour travelling day, each camel loaded with sixty-five to ninety kilos. Camels need to be watered only every 10-14 days, but when they do, they drink enormous amounts. This is drawn from water holes dug deep inside wells or seasonal riverbeds, using a container of camel-skin which is passed from man to man until it is finally poured into a trough on the surface for the camels. Laborious though this is, the real hard work is getting to the wells, as good foraging land is often far away.
Credit: photo copyright © Michel Laplace-Toulouse, all rights reserved; reprinted by kind permission. Find more of his work (in French) at http://www.participez.com/correspondants/kenya/actu.htm.