The best tips to visit the unforgettable Sahara desert in Morocco
Have you ever travelled to the desert? Have you ever thought of such an exciting trip?
Can you imagine sleeping under a million stars sky like you have never seen before?
In this post we share our experience and the best tips to visit the unforgettable Sahara desert in Morocco.
The Sahara desert - or Sahara - is the largest warm desert in the world. With more than 9 065 000 km² of surface, it covers most of North Africa. The Sahara extends from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean Sea coast, to the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is bounded by the Sahel, a semi-arid tropical savannah belt that makes up the regions that cover northern sub-Saharan Africa.
The first time we visited, we started our trip from the city of Fez, we crossed the Atlas by bus, a mountain road (which made us quite nauseous). We arrived at Er-Rachidía or Errachidía, where we met the owner of the hostel, who picked us up in his 4x4. From there, we went straight to the desert.
The following experiences were leaving from Agadir - super recommended city to visit - for us it is even more beautiful than the famous Marrakech. Halfway, we recommend stopping at Ouarzazate, "the door of the desert." Here we made a stop to visit the town and all the sites of interest, including the largest movie studios in the world. Finally we arrived at the destination: Merzouga - a small town located in the Sahara desert, near the border with Algeria. It is famous for being one of the entrance gates to Erg Chebbi, a huge expansion of sand dunes that is located north of Merzouga. And that is where the Kasbah-hostería is located, which welcomes us with a delicious Moroccan tea, while the camels are ready to leave soon, going around 4:30 PM towards the interior of the desert.
The views are impressive, the beauty unique and comparable to the vastness of the sea.
Our selection was 1 night. After a tour of approximately 1.5 hours on camel we arrived at the camp in the center of the Erg Chebbi, where you can see the huge and starry sky as you have never seen, we tasted a traditional dinner, we listened to live traditional drums around the fire and we slept (the youngest ones) inside a "khaima" (traditional Berber tent). In the morning, we woke up to watch the sunrise from the highest dune and after a comforting breakfast we returned on camelback to the Kasbah facilities.
I cannot fail to mention that we went on the excursion with friends, including multiple age children (7 And 15 months old, 3 and 5 years old) Next time we visited, we also took their grandparents !!
It is an experience for everyone!
Now, if you are going to travel you can not miss:
-  Ultra-Light Rainproof Windkicker - with UPF 50+ sun protection on hot and sunny days.
-  Desert & Fox Camping Sleeping Bag - - because although they give you some blankets, nothing compares to this warmth and comfort!
-  Pro 2-in-1 Mosquito Killer Camping Light - because in the desert there can be various insects.
-  International Plug Adapter Safety System - you can recharge your cell phone when you arrive at the Kasbah inn.
-  Collapsible Water Bottle - absolutely necessary because you need to bring your own water to the Khaima camp.
We can't wait to hear your desert story, and we hope all this advice helps you enjoy your stay in Merzouga.
Until next time!