I hope you slept well and had a great night camping in the Sahara! This is definitely one of the greatest existential feelings in the world. I was constantly having to remind myself just how cool we were for doing this.
What. An. Incredible. Experience.
How to spend a
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Written by: Stephanie
Sunrise in the Sahara Desert
Wake up early and find a nice spot on one of the high dunes, we’re watching the sunrise!
I love the lines of the dunes – so exact, but so subtle at the same time.
Desert Luxury Camp
After the sunrise head over to the dining tent for breakfast. Depending on what time your camel ride is you’ll have to plan these activities accordingly. Our camel ride was scheduled for the afternoon so after we ate, we wandered around taking more pictures and finally sat down to read.
Every time you turn around there something beautiful to look at.
We ended up reading for an hour or so before one of the guides asked if we wanted to ride camels early. Um, yes, please!
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Camel rides in Morocco
We had a wonderful guide who WALKED in the sand for hours leading us all around. I was exhausted walking in the sand for 15 minutes.
After a while we found a nice spot to hop off and take a break from the ride.
Classic behavior of the camels, too. Mine, whom I obviously and affectionately called “Mike” was so sweet, carefree, and photogenic. Pete’s camel, on the other hand, was a total asshole. I don’t know how many times we had to stop and the guide had to literally drag Pete’s camel up the dunes. Anytime we’d approach a high dune he would dig his feet into the sand and would. not. budge.
He got a fire going for us in about 3 seconds and began boiling water for tea!
I find that when I’m traveling it’s so easy to get caught up in hitting all the tourist sites and trying all the local food that I sometimes forget what I’m doing. To help prevent this I always try to catch myself and say “picture the world map and just think for a minute about where you are and what you’re doing.”
I wasn’t distracted in the desert, I was actually quite calm and at peace at out there, but I kept saying to myself “you’re in Africa, in the Sahara, riding camels (or drinking tea). How incredible is your life?” I find that doing that really grounds me and makes me appreciate what I’m doing and helps me to live in the moment a little better than I sometimes do.
Back at camp
Once back you can choose to lounge in the hammocks and continue reading.
Word to the wise – September is date season in Morocco and let me tell you about the flies. The flies swarm like the scarabs do in the movie The Mummy. At any given point in time, there are at least five or six buzzing around you. We had randomly packed bug spray and ended up using most of the bottle to try and keep them at bay.
Early afternoon the guides will start asking about lunch –
we were given a Moroccan salad and bread,
noodle and meatball tajine,
and oranges and bananas with cinnamon for dessert.
For the rest of the afternoon, you can spend your time sand boarding, playing chess, or heading back to the nearest town to ride four wheelers. We chose to sand board, play chess, and read.
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A desert sunset
Late afternoon/early evening we showered and changed in anticipation of the sunset.
It was a beautiful sunset, arguably much more attractive than the sunrise.
After the sun went down we wandered back over to camp and met a wonderful couple from Columbia. They were on their honeymoon and had just spent a week or so at some wineries in Portugal. So, the four of us sat around drinking wine under the stars.
You can eventually head over to the dining tent for dinner and like last night, enjoy more music by the fire. That evening a new group of people came in, including a very loud and boisterous group of six people from China so there much more singing and dancing.
Tonight will be the last night in the desert so make sure you spend some time looking at the stars. The first night we were there it was very cloudy and actually rained during the middle of the night! The second night was much better, though as you can see from the photos there was still a good bit of cloud cover.
It’s another early morning departure and another full day in the car, try to get some rest.
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.