What is included and what is excluded?

The desert trip would take you into to the dunnes of the camp of Berber tents, where you will enjoy the stars and a memorable sunset and sunrise. You will have the opportunity to experience several natural and cultural sites, such as mountains, Canyons, Kasbahs, and Valleys. The trip includes a half board accommodations, (dinner and breakfast) personal driver/guide, transportation with A/C, fuel, and cameleer for your camel trek. Not included: Lunches, drinks, entrance fees (if required), and gratuities

What kind of accommodations do we use?

Budget – Basic, clean private room with en-suuite bathroom.

Riads/Kasbahs/Hotels:

Budget – Basic, clean private room with en-suite bathroom. Simple meals, no amenities. Mid-range – Private room with en-suite bathroom. Varied meals, some amenities (i.e., wifi, pool, lounge area, A/C).

Luxury – Private room with en-suite bathroom. Complex meals, amenities (i.e., A/C, hammam/massage, pool, lounge/bar area, in-room mini-bar, wifi).

Bivouac (camp):

Budget – Basic with bedding (Berber blankets/folding type cots), private tent, “nature type” toilet. Midrange – Simple meals, private tent with bedding (Berber blankets/mattress), “walled” enclosure toilet. Luxury – Varied meals, private tent with furnished bedding, inside bathroom, shower.

What to pack?

Weather is unpredictable. Seasonal casual clothing – layering of clothees suggested. Long pants suggested for camel trek. Morocco is a Muslim country and modest type clothing is appreciated, particularly in small villages. For overnight in the bivouac small back pack/bag, plastic sealable baggies to keep sand out, Kleenex/tissues, and hand sanitzer. Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers/sandals, hat or scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal Rx/prescription

medication/over-the-counter medicines. Camel trek: Small back-pack/bag suggested with belongings needed for the overnight in the bivouac (camp) as will be carried on your camel. The bulk of your luggage will be secured and stored at a hotel bordering the desert. Showers are available upon return from camel treks at hotels before continuing on your journey.

What type of transportation we use?

Clean, comfortable 4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers/minii-vans/mini-buses based on number of travelers and visited terrain. North African Camels for trek to desert bivouac.

Which desert?

Erg Chebbi dunes (Merzouga) and the Erg Chegaga dunes (M'hamid). Choosingg which dunes to visit depends on your length of time available.

Erg Chebbi

The better known dune area and more spectacular. It's ease of access is a bonus. It takes apporximately 9-10 hours with stops, but there are places of interest to visit along the way, such as Ait Ben Haddou, Dades Valley, the Valley of the roses and Todra Gorge. The excursion out to Erg Chebbi is possible with a minimum of 3 days/2 nights tour. We suggest that you take your time over at least 4 days/3 nights to relax and njoy the sites along the way. Once you reach Merzouga, it is a 1 – 1 1/2 hour camel trek to a bivouac (camp) in the dunes. Camps vary in accommodation type and location. A visit to Erg Chebbi can be nicely fitted into an itinerary involving Marrakech & Fes as it sits about half way between the two.

Erg Chigaga

Erg Chigaga is a much younger destination, as owing to border disputes with Algeria, tourists have only been visitng since the 1990's. As far as solitude is concerned, it still has the upper hand over Erg Chebbi. The journey from Marrakech is about 9 hours, but the last two have to be by 4 x 4 as the road is not sealed once you pass the gate way town of M'hamid, so is a more complicated journey. Once you reach the small town of Mhamid, you can continue on to one of the camps on the dunes, or you can trek by camel direct from there. The dunes themselves are not as large as Erg Chebbi, and is more vast and wild. It is possible to manage a visit to Erg Chigaga in 3 days, but we recommend visting the dunes and then spending time in one of the palm groves and at Ait Ben Haddou as well.

Zagora – Opening to the desert

Accessed via Ouarzazate and Draa Valley ending in the small town of Zagora where it’s possible to experience camel trek for a quick visit (minimum 2 days/1 night tours only.

What is the weather in Morocco and average temperatures?

Morocco has a varied range in areas consisting of mountains, desert and coast. Temperatures are unpredictable and can vary in each. In general, Springtime and Fall can be warm, sunny and comfortable. Winter can be comfortably warm in the South and inland areas during the day, cold during the evenings in mountain areas/coast. Summers are hot in the south and inland areas. For current and previous temperatures, please visit weather sites such as www.wunderground.com or www.weatherforecastmap.com.

What is it like to ride a camel?

Unlike a horse, to get on the back of a camel is much easier. Camels are lowered to the ground on all fours and you sit and bring your leg across its back. The camel rises, where you will be sitting much higher up. The camels movements are slow and not as exaggerated as a horses (no trotting/running jolting movements). For those with health concerns, please check with your doctor before-hand

Travel tips

Entry Requirements

UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & USA nationals do not require a visa at present to enter Morocco. Please check requirements if you are from another country. Check with Moroccan Consulate or local agency in your country. Americans, Canadian and most European citizens need only their passport to enter Morocco.


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