Desert Tour with Camels, 1 Day and 1 Night (Moroccan Desert Camping)

 

Overview

Our camel trek is the perfect mix of camel riding, hiking and relaxing beneath the stars. It is an inexpensive yet immersive way to explore the Moroccan desert. In this eco-tourism activity we walk off the beaten track and emerge into the quiet and peaceful desert. We'll taste Moroccan cuisine and listen to traditional Berber music at the fireplace.

Highlights

  • Meet your new camel friends
  • Watch an amazing Sahara sunset
  • Sleep in a traditional Berber Tent under the Milky Way
  • Learn about Berber Nomadic Culture
Camels in the desert

Itinerary

Day 1: Mhamid– Erg Mezouaria

Our desert camel trek will begin from our basecamp in M'Hamid El Ghizlane. You can either arrive in the morning or stay in our basecamp the night before (10 euros/person; free delicious breakfast). We will greet you with tea (as is our custom) and discuss the journey ahead to make sure you have everything you need for the camel trek.

After meeting your new camel friends and packing the necessary equipment, we will embark a few hours before sunset. It won't take long to find yourself immersed in the endless small dunes of the Moroccan desert. Along the way, you may see wildlife from small scarab beetles to the elusive desert fox. We will tell you about the local plants including hardy tamarisk trees, a rare plant whose milk can cause blindness, and wild chamomile flowers (which camels love to eat!).

As the sky begins to change colors with the sinking sun, we will hike up a tall dune to experience a breathtaking sunset. In the blue light of twilight, we will continue a short way to our camp and make a campfire under the stars. Sit with us to learn about the Berber way of life, our music, and stories. We will prepare for you a delicious dinner (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available, but please let us know before you come!). After eating, you can stargaze and then rest in the peaceful desert in one of our comfortable multicolored tents with cozy beds.


Day 2: Erg Mezouaria – Mhamid

Breathing in the sweet morning air of the desert, you will wake up refreshed and ready to start our journey home. You have the option of getting up early to watch an unforgettable sunrise over the sand dunes. After a traditional breakfast, our Sahara camel trek will begin again. In the beautiful morning light, you will see tracks from small desert animals in the sand. We will arrive to our basecamp at around 10.00 am.

Gear List 

Packed by us:

    •  All Group Cooking Gear
    •  Camp Furniture
    •  Cots and Sleeping Pads
    •  Group First Aid Kit
    •  Traditional Berber Tent(s)

Packed by you (Highly Recommended):

    • Sun protection (Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and a Hat)
    • Ziplock Bags (to protect electronics from the sand)
    • Flashlight or Headlamp
    • Hiking Pants (Lightweight)
    • Hiking Shoes or Sandals
    • Warm Jacket and/or Vest (for cooler night temperatures)
    • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
    • T-Shirt (Cotton or Synthetic)
    • Backpack or small to mid-sized duffle bag*

*  You can leave large baggage at our basecamp free of charge.

 

Other Information

Weather

It's always sunny and warm during the day in the Sahara, but make sure to bring cozy layers for at night! Here are normal temperatures for specific seasons.

Season                                           __         Temperature (C)                     Temperature (F)

    Winter (Dec-Jan)                                        15-25  (day), 5-10 (night)         60-80 (day), 40-50 (night)

    Spring and Fall (Feb-Apr/Sept-Nov)         20-30 (day), 5-15 (night)          70-85 (day), 40-60 (night)

    Summer (May-August):                            Up to 50                                       Up to 120

Food

All meals are included on our trek. Please let us know in advance if you would like us to prepare vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals. 

Transportation

There are taxis and CTM buses (similar to Flixbus or Greyhound) to and from multiple destinations (Zagora, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Casablanca...). For example, there are daily departures of the CTM bus from Marrakech at 11:15 am for 170 MAD (around 17 €), and daily return leaving from MHamid at 6:15 am at the same price. The destination on CTM website is called “Lamhamid Ghozlane”, and it's the last stop. We are happy to pick you up at the bus station.

Parking

If needed, you can park your rental car at our basecamp free of charge.

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