How to Go About Camping In the Saharan Desert
A visit to Morocco wouldn’t be fulfilled without exploring the Sahara Desert. Riding a camel to the sand dunes as the sun sets, spending a night beneath the star-filled African sky, thumping around the fire after a wonderful Berber dinner, camping in a typical Berber tent or witnessing the sun rising over the high sand dunes – are the things that you must want to experience. However, you need to be well-prepared to enjoy these above-mentioned things to the fullest. Here are a few tips regarding how you should be prepared for your next desert trip.
Once the sun sets, even on the hottest of days, the temperature falls down significantly. Be ready to layer if you dream to sleep beneath the stars. Even when you sleep in your camp in desert Morocco, you will wish an additional layer as night approaches. A sunhat and UV sunglasses are a must for the sunrise or sunset hike to & from the camp. Close toed shoes are ideal for camel trek whereas long pants are certainly recommended.
Don’t miss the camel trek:
It may be hard but a lot of travelers rate camel trekking as the best thing to do in Morocco. While riding a camel on the bumpy sand dunes mayn’t look comfortable, but the overall panorama from the back of a camel will certainly take away all your discomforts.
When to go?
Most of the luxury desert camps in Erg Chebbi close during summer months (July & August) as the heat rises above 50°C yet remain opened during winter periods when daytime temperatures are comfortable, but nights can get cold. Nonetheless, April, May, September and October are ideal time for touring. Autumn witnesses the harvest happening all through the South, offering tourists with a distinctive experience & the freshest dates accessible in the souks.
Stay for a couple of days at least:
Given the distance needed to tour from both Marrakech & Fes, staying at least 2 nights in the desert is preferred – one night in your camp and the second night in a lodge at the border of the dunes. The backdrop is incredible with the light changing all through the day, making it wonderful all day long. Activities like sand boarding, camel trekking and picnics in the beautiful palm groves can often be arranged so there’s no need to hustle back to the city.
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