Well woah, how do you even begin to summarise this experience? Visiting the Sahara Desert is something that had been on our Bucket List for ages – and it did not disappoint. We had been working in Morocco for around a month when we decided to finally head out to the dunes.
Most of these experiences commence from Marrakech, so we caught one of the trains down from Casablanca and spent a couple of nights at the wonderful Hostel Waka Waka. From there we were met by our minibus and commenced the three night trip. All up it cost around €80 for the three nights (accommodation included, but not food) and we felt this was pretty good value.
The first two days were spent driving through amazing scenery and visiting the Atlas Mountains, Ait Ben Haddou and local villages. At the end of the second day we arrived in Merzouga where we headed out into the desert.
You could only take the bare minimum out into the dunes, so we packed our water, headscarves and camera before shakily mounting our rather grumpy camels. We slowly plodded through the orange sand as the sun was setting above us. It is hard to capture the intense feeling when you are amongst the Sahara dunes. It is definitely one of those moments where you realise how small we truly are in the face of nature. Our camels faithfully took us up and down the dunes until we arrived at a lovely campsite.
Now dark, our hosts cooked us a huge Moroccan feast. To this day we wonder how they managed to cook so much food out of a single tent with no electricity, but nevertheless, they managed it! We sang music, shared stories and even sand boarded down the nearby dunes. It was all so surreal.
That night we slept on mattresses in the middle of the campsite with only sheets to keep us warm. Falling asleep under the clear, starry sky was certainly spectacular that night. Knowing that you were resting in such scenery, only 13kms from Algeria, was all a lot to take in.
Here are some of my photos from my Morocco desert adventure. They honestly do not do it justice — this is something you must experience for yourself.
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