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This was my favorite part of my trip to Morocco. The only downsides to our trip were due to the fact that we chose to go in July, which is really not an ideal month to visit the Sahara lol. It was extremely hot and windy, spring and fall are much better months to go if you can plan accordingly. Our driver, Mohammed Obama, was excellent. He was so relaxed, kind and a very safe driver (something I was worried about since the roads through the Atlas mountains can be a little treacherous by US standards). It was fun traveling w a small group of other tourists, it felt kind of like we were at summer camp. I wasn't prepared for all of the cool stops we made on the way, including a very cool canyon that reminded me of Zion in Utah, as well as Berber villages so that was fun! All of the guides in the camp at the Sahara were super welcoming and friendly. It was nice that they took the time to hangout with all the tourists after dinner. Overall a memorable excursion that I'll remember forever!
Looking at the name of the trip, you only expect to see the desert. But the roadtrip by itself is a beautifull experience. The trip takes you to the Atlas Mountains, to the ancient Ait Ben Haddou, with your local guide who will tell you a lot about the history of those places. Staying in the hotel in Tanghir with a pool is a welcome surprise to end the first day. Second day is all about getting to the desert we thought, so again it was a nice surprise that we first visited the green valley and mountains of Tanghir which looks like a fata morgana. After Tanghir you go to Merzouga to stay at the desert which is the best part of the trip. The desert is just beautifull and magical, watching the sun going down and up. Sleeping in the tent is okay. Warm, but the bed is really okay. Food is fine, the people are very polite. On our way back we had a big thunderstorm in the Atlas Mountains. Roads were blocked due to heavy rainfall and mudstreams. Our driver Obama Mohamed saved us big time.
We did the 3 day tour to Merzouga from Marrakech this week. It was one of the most unbelievable experiences we have ever had. The Sahara is truly amazing. It is a long drive, however on the way it is split up with a night in a hotel and lots of other activities. The hotel on the first night was very clean and comfortable with good air conditioning and a big swimming pool. All of the guides that we met along the way were very friendly and knowledgable. The driver was also great and made plenty of toilet and water stops. The bus was also comfortable and the air conditioning was used the whole journey there and back. On the way back it is just a straight journey on the bus and yes it is long, however the journey is absolutely worth it for the experience!!! Riding the camels in to the Sahara and watching the sunset and sunrise was breathtaking. The actual camp is also much more comfortable than we expected, was really great and the Berber tribe were so good and accommodating!
We’ve had a great experience with this trip. Our driver Mohamed Bajo was waiting for us near our Riad in time and perfectly drove us anywhere with several stops at hotspots to take pictures and enjoy the view or have a break. Riding the camels to the camp was also very fun and the overall experience at the desert was really worth the long drive! The only downside is that it’s really hot in the desert, so we would recommend not to go there when it’s above 35 degrees, since there are no air conditioners obviously.
This trip was fantastic! Such an experience, riding camels in the desert and sleeping under the stars. definitely worth your money :) just keep in mind it is an 8 hour drive both ways (from Marrakech) so if you don’t do well with long car rides maybe this isn’t for you. Also make sure to take motion sickness medicine with you, lots of water, sunglasses and a scarf if you can (to avoid having to buy overpriced ones on the way). The facilities are very good at the camp.