They walked for 14 days to get to the trading place. If water was low they would kill a camel and take the water out of it's stomach.
Silent bartering is a method of trading that took place during 400 and 800 CE. The West Africans and the North Africans used this method because they didn't need a common language, didn't need to be face to face, and wanted to avoid conflict. In all, they are getting what they need.
This is where they got into the trading place.
This is the trading place. They traded salt, copper, cowrie, shells, kola nuts, hides, leather goods, ivory, slaves, and gold.
First, they mined salt from the salt mines and loaded it onto the backs of 30-60 camels.
Then they traveled through the Sahara Desert and it’s harsh conditions and environment.
The West Africans have a lot of gold that they don't need so they trade it for things they needed.
When they arrive, before entering Taghaza, the trading center, they must pay a tax.
They must then meet up with the middle man to discuss a time and a place for the trade to take place.
First, the West put down gold, banged a drum, then walked away 2-3 miles.