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Why Visit The Sahara Desert

The beauty and serenity of the desert are unparalleled, and once you have a clear view of the sun sinking on the horizon and enjoy all it has to offer from peace of mind and feeling of satisfaction you will never forget it. Moreover its awe-inspiring dunes and landscapes, the Sahara Desert is home to diverse cultures and ancient traditions, some of the people who live in the Sahara raise crops on irrigated land in an oasis. Others tend flocks of goats, sheep, and camels. These herders find grass for the stock along the desert’s fringe or where sudden rains have fallen. They live in tents so they can move easily as soon as the grass is eaten in one place.

Nomads Desert Dwellers & Wandering People

These people are called the Nomads, wandering peoples who move in cyclical or seasonal patterns during the year and the term Nomads comes from the root Greek word Nomados which means “wandering around in search of pasture.

At first, it may appear barren and devoid of life, but it is not. Thousands of years ago, the Sahara supported grasslands and forests, had plentiful water, and retained considerable biodiversity. Ancient cave paintings bear witness to the past, portraying humans hunting animals that no longer exist in the region, such as the giraffe. Although the climate has drastically changed, the Sahara can still support life.

11 Activities You Can Experience In The Sahara Desert

Most people want to visit the Sahara desert and explore it on a camel’s back. While that’s certainly an exciting adventure to have, there are many more things you can do in the desert!

Camel Riding & Trekking

Deep in South East Morocco, lie two sets of Saharan Ergs, or sand dunes. Measuring around 22km by 5km, the Erg Chebbi dunes form an intriguing island in the otherwise flat and rocky desert that marks out the Moroccan portion of the Sahara Desert. The journey to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech is long and in the summer months, hot as well. However, the trip is more than worth it. Sleeping under the stars in a luxurious desert camp, the rest of the world feels like a lifetime away. Added to this confort and romanticism, you reach your camp by camel.

Approaching the dunes, you drive across rocky desert for several miles, before you see the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes looming in the background. The camel treks depart from the camp or to be precise the Glamp which means Glamourous Camping since its a fully equipped camp like if you are in little castles in the middle of the desert not just tents, and after trekking for couple of hours, you reach your lodging for the night.

Camels are fascinating creatures. Firstly, when you get to ride a camel in Morocco, you will have assistance.  Camels kneel down for you to mount them and its an easy process but it can be a bit unnerving. A guide will always be there to keep the camel in place, and to help you get up.  Once youre up, its a bit like balancing on a horse.  Theres a hump for you to hold, and of course, there are reins too so you can balance and feel secure.

Riding through the desert on a camel is incredible. You feel like a Bedouin or a Nomad. The scenery is amazing – red sand, dunes for miles, the dark blue sky, and unless you ride to an oasis which you may well do, there is nothing around.  Of course, when you do a camel desert safari, there is in fact plenty around, you just dont see it easily.  Guides carry delicious snacks, drinks and will set up camp for you in a shady spot (tea stop, water stop, lunch stop) in a luxurious and adventurous manner.  You may be going for an hour ride, a half-day ride, or on an overnight safari.  There are many options for our Moroccan camel tours, and they are all amazing.

Riding ATV Quad Bikes & Buggies

The Sahara Desert is one of the most idyllic places to wind down and enjoy nature at its finest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun too! Rent your own quad bike and book a 1- or 2-hour trip with a guide to explore the sandy dunes. Activities could include visiting local villages, discover palm groves or simply enjoy the golden landscape zooming past you as you explore the Sahara Desert on four wheels.

Sand Surfing & Boarding

Did you know you don’t actually need an ocean to surf? In the Sahara Desert, the sandy dunes become the perfect waves to sand surf on your own sand/snow board or sand ski! Just pick one of the massive golden dunes around your sleeper camp and have fun! But remember – there are no ski lifts here, so it’s on you to walk back up the dune each time!

Stargazing

Of all the things to do in the Sahara Desert, this is likely the most magical. Stargazing, with no light pollution in sight, you’ll have a clear view of the starry Sahara Desert sky above you. You’ll be left in awe of the countless stars, the deep blue sky and the deafening silence around you as the night falls. For the wannabe astronomers, make sure to download a free stargazing app to help you find planets, constellations and even the International Space Station!

Desert Spa Day & Massage

Merzouga locals swear by the healing properties of the Saharan sand – and they’re now teaching visitors how to use these to their advantage too. As the sun rises, Berber men dig up holes in the desert dunes where visitors can then lie for up to 30 minutes (water provided!). This “sand bath” is said to be good for muscles, aching limbs and even some skin diseases – and it’s most effective in the heat of the summer months. This might not be the most conventional spa in the world, but it’s certainly an interesting way to experience the Sahara!

Sit Around The Camp Fire

This may sound surprising, but there’s actually a lot of dead wood and dry bushes to collect in the Sahara. And that’s all you’ll need to get your fire going quickly. On winter nights, when temperatures drop dramatically at night, this will be the best way to keep warm. The rest of the year, a camp fire is the perfect spot to grill your BBQ dinner over the glowing embers and enjoy a tasty meal under the stars!

Spot Wildlife

Certain animals are more readily noticeable compared to others. The desert fox, commonly referred to as a Fennec, occasionally leaves traces that can be spotted in the morning; however, they are known to be exceptionally elusive. On the other hand, desert mice are a little different, despite also being small and nimble, they are comparatively more visible. In the remote expanse of Erg Chigaga, natural reserves are home to reintroduced populations of addax and gazelles.

Safari Dunes Tripping

Enjoy a 4×4 ride and explore the Sahara Desert in this 5h-half day afternoon tour Experience a unforgettable sunset from the top of the majestic sand dunes, ride over the high dunes of Erg Chebbi Visit village of Khamlia, where you’ll enjoy a local group’s music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own!

Participate In Cooking Classes

UNLEASH YOUR COOKING POTENTIAL

If you have never tried Moroccan food, then you are missing out on a whole world of culinary delights!

Moroccan food is full of flavor and spices. It makes you want to eat until you can’t possibly eat any more. From the first course of bread and salads to the main dish of delicious tagine, from the fresh fruit and Moroccan cookies for dessert to traditional sweet mint tea, a Moroccan meal is always a treat.

There are many recipes for Moroccan food online, but the best way to learn to cook Moroccan food is by being taught by a local expert.

What you will get from cooking Moroccan cuisine?
  • Experience Morocco’s food firsthand
  • Learn from Moroccan chefs
  • Discover the secret spices
  • Taste the flavors of Fes, Marrakech and The Sahara Desert.
  • Stay in lovely riads or Luxury Camps

I Tour Morocco cooking class begins outside of the kitchen with a trip to a local market. Learn more about Moroccan traditional ingredients as you buy supplies. Participants then return to the Luxury Camp and, at an individual or class workstation, are taught how to cook authentic Moroccan fare. Dishes made include zalouk, a cold aubergine salad, tagine, freshly baked bread, and a Moroccan dessert. When everything is ready, participants eat their creations on the tranquil patio or on the dunes of the Sahara desert. A translator ensures that all details are fully understood throughout the session and monitors at the workstations make it easy to follow exactly what the class leader is doing.

Watch The Sunset (or Sunrise!)

Sunsets and sunrises are beautiful in any corner of the world, but there’s something magical about the way the warm colors of the sky paint the golden dunes of the Sahara. Just like stargazing, it’s the deafening silence as the day begins or ends that sets the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the kaleidoscope of color that takes over the Sahara Desert.

We would love to help you plan the best Sahara experience possible. Work with our staff today to help build an itinerary that meets your needs.

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I Tour MoroccoI Tour MoroccoDecember 17, 2023

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