Though it may not be the most comfortable means of seeing the country, a ride on a camel is undoubtedly the most romantic and a ‘must’ for every traveller as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Berber nomads of the Sahara. There are a number of possibilities for camel treks (méharrées), from a day’s outing to a two-week expedition. The best time of year for camel trekking is September to February.
The most popular camel-trekking bases are the Drâa Valley (Tinfou and Zagora); M’Hamid; and the Erg Chebbi sand dunes at Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara desert, 30 miles (50km) south of Erfoud.
Some words of caution here:
Sandstorms can blow up quickly and change the whole atmosphere of the desert. Always go with an experienced guide who knows the area and can give instruction should a storm strike.
Trekking in the Sahara Desert
A visit to the Sahara desert is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Sahara desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. It is a very peaceful experience, one rarely known to most of the Western World.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga is 30 miles (50km) south east of Erfoud and has the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. These golden dunes rise dramatically 50m from the desert floor. They run in a line almost perfectly north/south to the village of Merzouga and beyond, and mark the western fringe of the Sahara Desert, dividing Morocco from Algeria.
The dunes of Erg Chigaga (Erg Chegaga) near M'hamid is in the south of Morocco, over the Atlas Mountains and pass Zagora. Erg Chigaga is also part of the Sahara desert and more difficult to get to than Erg Chebbi.
Trekking on the Beaches
If camel trekking in the Sahara sounds too long or too hot, consider a short camel ride on the sands of the many Atlantic Coast beaches. Take a leisurely camel ride along Essaouira beach to discover the old 'castle in the sand', or canter along the vast 10km sands at Agadir.
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Date last edited:
12 November 2012