This time last year we explored the magical Morocco (South Morocco Discovery tour with Intrepid Travel), and soon after I posted my first ever travel blog on the world wide web – Big Love for Morocco
So it seems fitting to recap on one of the most unforgettable days of our life – camping in the Sahara Desert.
It took us 2 hours in a 4×4 to travel 80km to get there from a local town. We arrived at our overnight camp site, surprised by the large tents already erected in a large circle and shower and toilet facilities. We soon discovered that the facilities were not the most user friendly, but hey, wet wipes are all part of the camping experience.
Travel tip – the weather on this particular day in May was perfect. We were told by our tour guide Hassan that in the warmer months, they travel into the Sahara Desert after sunset due to the heat. And sunset is not to be missed!
We chose our tent for the night then helped each other put on our colourful head scarves before exploring the sand dunes. In the meantime, Hassan had poured the perfect Moroccan tea from incredible heights. Who knew that having a cup of tea could be a breath taking experience?
The sun was starting to set so Hassan led the way up and across the sand dunes. Keyword – up. It’s a good way to test your fitness levels! But all of us eventually made it to the top of the chosen sand dune. Imagine sitting on the warm, dark orange sand in the Sahara Desert, surrounded by sand dunes that go on forever. The sun is setting and you’re with your loved ones and friends. You’re running your fingers and toes through the sand wondering if this moment is real as the sun gets smaller and disappears over the hill…
Well, everything that goes up, must come down. Our tour guide led the way by running down the sand dunes. And just when you think it doesn’t get any better, it’s time for food. One of the beautiful things about Moroccan culture is sharing meals, and the food itself. We had the most delicious meal earlier that day at a local family home. A whole chicken tagine that you literally tore apart with your hands and ate with freshly made flat bread used to scoop up the vegetables and sauce. Tonight we had more tagine and share plates that we passed around the table in the dim lighting in the centre of our tent circle.
It gets better. We helped each other move our beds from inside the tents to outside under the stars. The sky is so clear you can even see galaxies out here! In a very short period of time I saw two shooting stars and was desperately searching for a third before falling asleep. In the middle of the night we woke up to wind and sand lapping at our faces and tumbleweeds piling up next to our beds. After helping each other move our beds back into the tents, I saw my third shooting star through the doorway. Goodnight.