Camel Treks & Desert Safaris - Morocco
Exploring the Moroccan Sahara by camel
is one of the countryís signature activities
and is one of the most rewarding wilderness
experiences in the country, whether
on an overnight excursion or a two-week
trek. The most evocative stretches of Saharan
sand include Zagora and Tinfou
in the Dr‚a Valley; MíHamid and the
dunes of Erg Chigaga , 95km further
south; and the dunes of Erg Chebbi
near Merzouga, southeast of Rissani.
Autumn (September and October) and winter (November to early March) are the only seasons worth considering.
Many places offer camel treks. Travellers with lots of time can arrive in places such as Zagora, MíHamid and Merzouga and organise a local guide and provisions while there; this benefits the local community and counters the trend towards young guides leaving home to look for work in the more popular tourist cities. MíHamid is probably the most hassle-free of the three towns, although the choice is wider at Zagora (which has three professional operators) and Merzouga.