Best Bites from Moroccan Holiday: Sahara Desert
First of all, there are mainly two types of bus/ 4×4 Sahara Desert treks to choose from if you are heading from Marrakesh; one is 2-day trip to Zagora, and the second is 3-day trip to Merzouga. We were desperate to go to Merzouga but since it’s so close to Algerian border (we had to take serious considerations over the recent attack on the Algerian gas plant) we decided to settle on Zagora, which has smaller dunes compared to Merzouga.
It took about 10 hours to get to the desert – I know, sounds horrible, but we took about 5 stops during the journey. One of the stops was at Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village.
From Zagora we took a camel trekking into the desert. The camel I rode on was a real cutie. See the one behind? Looks EVIL! And of course, it was hard taking decent photos while on a camel :)
I’ve dreamt about being in the Sahara so much that I couldn’t really believe that I was really ‘in it’. The silence during the night, water-like soft sand, and oh the stars!! My bum was hurting like there was no tomorrow (thanks to the camel ride) but everything felt so magical.
These were the tents our group stayed. See, it wasn’t like ‘OMG, I can’t see anything but sand!’ part of the Sahara, but it was sandy enough for us :) I’m sure I’ll be back in Morocco to see endless dunes in Merzouga some day (fingers crossed!).
And the sunrise. Yes, the sun rose so beautifully and magnificently, everyone just stood in awe for a few minutes.
So, this is it for my Moroccan photo series. Hope you enjoyed it :)