Well although our overnight camp wasn't that far from civilisation- (we could see the lights of the town, and 4x4's passed nearby quite frequently) we were aware that we were still in the desert.
A sandstorm blew up while we were eating our meal, which was a bit of an inconvenience!
Some of our party had enquired if they could sleep outside, if it was safe? and were told that Yellow scorpions were known to be blown in by the wind.
Apparently bites from some desert creatures can be fatal - but we were assured that we were within easy access of medical treatment!!!!!!
During the night, we could hear packs of dogs howling and barking - some sounded quite close at times. 1 of our party, paying a visit to the toilet, was surprised by a beast standing on top of one of the nearby dunes, which she described as lion like!!!!!
Oh, and during my morning ablutions, I noticed a slither shape in the sand, as if a snake had wriggled by!
Well I still felt quite safe despite all this-
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