Dreaming of trekking by means of the unending pink sand dunes of the Sahara Desert in Morocco? I don’t blame you, the expertise is nothing in need of magical!
Camels casting elongated shadows in opposition to the tender Earth as the solar rises and units, a shawl wrapped strategically round your head, and the sounds of drums in the distance. All belongings you’ll expertise on a Sahara Desert Tour!
The query now could be simply how to make it occur! There’s so many tour firms that go to the Sahara Desert, so that you’ll need to choose the finest one, particularly when you’re going solo! Most excursions depart from Marrakech or Fes, and both manner, it’s a LONG drive to get to it. However when accomplished proper, you’ll overlook the lengthy drive due to the epic expertise!
To be fully sincere with you, my Sahara Desert tour was a part of my very own #MyLifesATravelTRIBE Group Journey that I supply as soon as per yr. We outsourced a neighborhood firm to go along with, and because it was such a great expertise, and so many individuals have requested, I’m sharing their information right here!
(BTW, If you happen to’re thinking about signing up for considered one of my Group Journeys subsequent yr, click on right here!)
We did the shortest tour due to time, so I’ll go over what that entails as properly!
Which Sahara Desert Tour Firm to Select
You positively need to go to the Sahara Desert with an organization who’s not solely respected, however who has native guides as properly. My information for my complete group journey was from a Berber village in Dades Gorge (close to Sahara), so was not solely extraordinarily educated, however was ready to share the expertise with us!
The corporate we outsourced is known as Morocco Camel Trek and my information that I’d suggest is known as Abdoule (and driver is Abraham!). If you’d like to contact him straight, WhatsApp him and inform him I despatched you: +212 651-162559.
We made some private tweaks to the common tour, like having dinner at Abdoule’s household good friend’s home, however I’m certain when you point out me they’ll be glad to provide you with the particular therapy as properly!
I can’t actually suggest every other firms since I haven’t tried them, however I’d suggest the dimension of the excursions and years of expertise. I’m additionally tremendous explicit about how the camels are handled, so at all times make certain to learn evaluations first! I’ll get to my opinions about this additional down…
Day 1: Marrakech to Dades Gorge
You’ll make loads of stops alongside this very lengthy (six hour) drive, each for the views, and the bogs. Honest warning: the roads are very windey (and alongside cliffs), and there are few clear rest room stops. That being stated, I’d extremely advise stocking up on Dramamine, Peptobismol, snacks and water earlier than you go!
Your first cease shall be at the largest Kasbah (Berber village) in Morocco. It’s additionally well-known for being the filming website of many well-known productions, together with Recreation of Thrones not too long ago! It’s a enjoyable and straightforward little journey to hike up to the prime for images, then cross the river by stepping stones on the manner again.
Night time 1: Native Berber Dinner, Dancing, and Henna
Once more, the actions I did with my group will differ from common excursions since I custom-made it, however I’ll clarify it simply in case it’s provided! After we checked into our lovely Berber lodge, adorned with all the pieces I wished to desperately take dwelling, we headed down the avenue to our information’s household good friend’s dwelling.
This can be a actual dwelling and an actual household, making the the expertise actually distinctive! We began the night with dinner which the household cooked for us, and I received the privilege of sitting subsequent to the two little children! Everybody shared large meat tangines whereas I had my very own separate vegetarian one.
After a 4 course meal, the plates and tables had been cleared, and in got here the native guys carrying drums and clappers. Our information joined them in a beat all of them knew, and I attempted my finest not to have a panic assault from the vibration of the ground that felt like an earthquake.
Quickly sufficient we had been all up and dancing, or making an attempt our greatest to replicate the beats on the drums. After the drum jam sesh, the girls of the household handled us to henna designs on our palms and toes!
Day 2: Sahara Desert for Sundown
The best way the excursions are deliberate makes it so that you just arrive at the Sahara Desert for sundown. They do that as a result of it’s WAY too scorching to go there throughout the day. So we had one other extraordinarily lengthy six hours of driving till we lastly received there.
After we did although, everybody’s moods had been heightened. The sight of the towering pink sand dunes alone and the camels awaiting their journey is simply mind-blowing. We excitedly modified our outfits in the automotive, wrapped our head scarves, and packed no matter small bag we wished to tackle the camel.
About Camel Driving
I personally don’t like the manner the camels are handled wherever that I’ve seen them in the World. So as to get on them, they’ve to be compelled to uncomfortably kneel down then rise up, and so they make a extremely unhappy noise once they do it. However seeing as camels have been used for transportation for hundreds of years, it’s laborious to say not to do it, whereas I’d positively say not to trip elephants.
There was one level the place I freaked out very loudly as a result of my camel’s harness was tied too intently to the one in entrance of it and it laid down earlier than the one in entrance did, making it pressure its neck and tug at its face. The information insisted “It’s regular” however I stored protesting till he untied the complete rope and let the camel free.
Anyway. Count on to be a bit of uncomfortable and sore driving the camel for an hour (I wasn’t however half the group complained). And when you’re like me, count on to get a bit of heartbroken seeing the means of getting on the camels.
Night time 2: Glamping and Drum Circles
If you happen to’re questioning what precisely glamping means, let me be the one to enlighten you! We basically treaded down considered one of the dunes to discover a very properly put collectively camp of about ten tents, and two bigger ones at every finish. Every tent had a tough ground construction, correct doorways, and even hanging lighting fixtures!
The beds had been correct beds; both full or twin sized, and all the pieces inside was adorned with Berber rugs, blankets, and decor.
You’re in all probability particularly questioning about the bathe/bathroom scenario proper? You’ll be glad to know that there are clear, particular person stalls with scorching water showers, and bogs!
You may also be questioning about the meals. Nicely, they name it the “restaurant” and the meals is made and served accordingly! You’ll have a feast of native Moroccan delicacies for dinner, in addition to a really early morning breakfast.
After dinner you’ll sit round a fireplace beneath the moonlight as locals play conventional beats on drums. If you happen to’re daring, take part or begin dancing. Not going to lie, most of us introduced wine out to the desert, so there was positively loads of drumming and dancing happening!
You received’t give you the option to ignore the iridescent moonlight bathing the tops of the dunes, and it solely will get extra magical when you climb up! Our complete group scattered up barefoot and laid down at the prime, telling tales, taking images, and soaking in the seemingly unreal second.
Day 3: Dawn Trek Again and a Lengthy Ass Drive
If you happen to’re solely doing the 3-day, 2-night Sahara Desert Tour like I did, you’ll need to get up for dawn the subsequent day. If you happen to don’t, you received’t give you the option to take images/trip the camels again as a result of will probably be too scorching any time after 8am.
I personally hate waking up early, particularly after being up all evening, but it surely was properly value it. The dawn over the dunes is gorgeous regardless that it appears to be like precisely like sundown, and the camels are calm and unbothered.
Get pleasure from your hour lengthy trip again, as a result of you could have a LONG ass trip again to Marrakech from there!
Bonus: Suggestions for Coping with the LONG Drives
The Sahara Desert is kind of actually in the center of nowhere. Which means, it takes a extremely lengthy drive from any fundamental hub to get there. So what does one do on these 6 to 8 to 10 hour drives?
There’s a great likelihood you’ll cease each couple of hours for lavatory and lunch breaks, however right here’s some issues to do in between:
- – Take Dramamine and move out (or every other sleep help/Melatonin)
- – Hear to Podcasts, Audio Books, or Music
- – Watch a pre-downloaded film
- – Work (take a Dramamine first), I wrote 10 weblog posts on my laptop computer whereas driving!
- – Edit images (for suggestions how click on right here)