Sahara Desert Tours
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About Desert Tours
Tours can start any day, any length of time, year round.
Join A Tour
You can book your desert tour and invite others to join. If you want to join a prebooked tour Contact Us for availability and price. Desert tours can have up to five explorers in a 4×4 vehicle. Solo travelers welcome.
Where is Morocco Explored Camel Trek Camp?
Morocco Explored uses a camp far from Merzouga crowds, in the southern part of the Erg Chebbi dunes. The regular camp is about one hours ride from the desert hotel to the camp that consists of a circle of tents, each sleeping 2 people or a family, equipped with carpets, foam mattresses, wool blankets, freshly washed cotton sheets and pillows. Camp has solar lighting and toilets, and carpets around the fire. Except for high seasons they are rarely full.
Is it Safe in Moroccos Sahara Desert?
We are often asked if it’s safe to travel into the Sahara and the answer is Yes! For many the desert is the absolute highlight of their trip. You’ll transport into the Erg Chebbi sand sea as well as many varied and incredible places along the way. The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are the highest in Morocco and climbing them is an exhilarating experience – just remember to always carry a bottle of water with you. You can walk or ride a camel to the dunes and enjoy the ever-changing colours of this remarkable landscape, especially at sunset.
What About Scorpions and Snakes?
Unless you like rummaging around in river bottoms and high grass you’ll never see a black cobra or any other snake in Morocco except in the Jma El Fna square in Marrakech. Scorpions by nature are nocturnal, and hibernate during winter months. They also avoid anywhere that they have no protection from the hot sun and you’ll have to go hunting turning over rocks to find them. Snakes and scorpions don’t want anything to do with humans, meaning they’ll prefer to run away if given a chance.
What Vehicles Does Morocco Explored Use?
We use vehicles like Toyota Land Cruisers or similar. SUV 4×4’s have lots of room for luggage, and seat 4 people comfortably. All vehicles are within 5 years old and are routinely updated concerning licensing and service through Transport Touristic regulations.
Who Are the Drivers and Guides?
Morocco Explored employees are Moroccan – muleteers, camel handlers, drivers, guides, hoteliers, and multiple relationships that translate into employment for many families. All certified guides must complete a two year government training course and carry a badge that qualifies them as a professional guide. In some locations only local guides are allowed to work but they might not be certified. Your camel trek guides are young men working to support their families. They are highly regarded by our explorers and we have many great reviews about all our guides on the Morocco Explored TripAdvisor page.
Who Can Ride a Camel?
Almost anyone of any age can ride a camel. Getting on is easy if you can swing a leg over the kneeling camel. Well trained camels are known to be gentle and guides make sure everyone is comfortable and feeling safe. On trek you can ask the guide to stop anytime, and you can walk into the camp. It’s about 1 hours journey with the guide.
Can I Drive Into the Camp or Stay in a Hotel?
Travellers who want to enjoy the tranquillity of the Sahara desert without riding a camel can travel over the sands by vehicle to their camp. There are no roads into the dunes so the drive takes about 35 minutes. Riding camels takes about an hour. We highly recommend riding camels for the complete immersive experience.
Is it Hot in Sahara?
Temperatures can vary immensely depending on when you come. Because sand does not hold any heat the Sahara dunes can be cold at night and very cold in the winter with warm sunny days. Summer in the dunes can be extremely hot but you will not be in the dunes until sunset when temperatures quickly cool off. Summer nights offer a fantastic opportunity to sleep out under the stars to watch the whole universe turn above. Please remember to drink water often. Fruit juice, coffee or tea are not considered proper rehydration fluids.
What to Wear on Camel Trek
A long cotton scarf to wrap around your head is recommended, you can buy one for about 50-100 dirhams (depending on size) if needed. They’re great for keeping sand out of your hair. Long pants are most comfortable on camels. It can also be cold in the desert at night November to April so bring warm clothing for this time; sweater and jacket, hat and gloves. Walking shoes with socks are best, sandals will fill with sand and irritate your skin. Winter nights (December, January and February) you’ll need to wear warm socks, and bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves.
What to Bring on a Camel Trek
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- bottled water minimum 1.5 liters
- matches or a lighter (for burning toilet paper)
- medical supplies (e.g. prescription drugs, painkillers, bandages – various sizes, topical disinfectant, eye drops, diarrhea medication)
- sunscreen and lip balm 15 SPF or higher
- rubbish bag
- good quality UV sunglasses
- toilet paper (buy in Morocco)
- zip-lock style baggie(s) for just about everything
More you need to know about touring in Morocco
Please know that Morocco is still developing; things change, roads are winding and rough, activities and things stop running or change, and weather can send the best laid plans out the door. We will do our best to provide what is planned and offer alternatives but please take into consideration the nature of the journey that you are embarking on and understand that a certain degree of flexibility is necessary. If you have a problem please inform us immediately and we will do our best to remedy the issue.