Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience, Morocco #MuchMorocco

By Kach Umandap - Howe April 19th, 2016 Posted in Africa, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 4 Comments

Described as ‘the best way to experience Morroco, Sahara Experience offered an eco-tourism retreat deep in the dunes of the Sahara, away from the distractions of daily life in the city and immersed in the traditional customs of the nomadic tribes that live here, with a little extra luxury! With many options to combine and create the perfect experience, guests will no doubt return with life-long memories of seeing glorious sunsets from the back of a camel, feeling rested and relaxed by the simple, quiet life of the desert.

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

From Agdez, we rode another 200 km by bike on twisting, curving roads, through Zagora and onwards to Mhamid, also known as the end of the world, where the road ends, and the desert begins. From here, we traveled by 4×4 into the desert with Sahara Experience, to spend the night in a luxury desert camp and even ride camels through the stunning dunes at sunset.

You can check details and latest rates thru their website. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out their reviews on TripAdvisor.

ACCOMMODATION

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Part of a collection of about ten tall and wide, white canvas tents nestled in a slight dug-out oblong in the Erg Chagaga desert. We were amazed to find once we stepped inside that we had all the necessary comforts of a hotel! Part of the inside space is a sectioned-off bathroom with fully-functioning toilet, sink and shower with hot, salty, desert water, and once we were nice and clean, we climbed into the huge bed covered in soft, warm sheets and blankets. One of the best things about sleeping in the desert is the peace and quietness of having no neighbors or roads nearby to disturb your sleep; we spent the most comfortable night in complete silence!

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

Sahara Experience has several camps with varying levels of luxury (ours was a luxury!), so you can choose which venture into the desert suits you best, depending on your preferences, by viewing images of each camp on their website.

Related Article: Best Luxury Hotels in Morocco

AREA GUIDE

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Being stranded in the desert, we can’t offer too many suggestions of places to visit.

The main draw here is looking into the distance and seeing no end to the rising and falling dunes and the gradually changing color of the sand as the sun sets beyond them. It was during this time that we had one of a unique experiences of our trip, camel riding! Once we managed to get on (it was quite a challenge), being led through the dunes by these fascination and hilarious creatures was so much fun, especially watching others nearly fall off as the camel decides to have a break and sit-down!

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

The next activity was a slightly faster pace but so much fun. We went sandboarding down the dunes close to camp and luckily, survived unhurt! Unfortunately, this is not included in the ‘off-road experience’ but can be organized separately with Sahara Experience.

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The desert camps are also home to many goats, so animal lovers (like us) will be overjoyed to cuddle the cute, fluffy baby goats that roam around freely, shame we couldn’t bring one home.

TIPS

 

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

Being very exposed and often windy, it’s a really good idea to take scarves or shawls and sunglasses with you to wrap around your head to protect from the hot sun as well as sand blowing in your face and eyes.

While the camels are lovely creatures, they can also be home to many fleas and insects so make sure to wear long layers (old clothes that you don’t mind smelling of a camel!) and protect yourself with insect repellent.

AMENITIES

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

This part of our trip was provided by Sahara Experience and is called Morocco 4×4 Tour, “Off-Road Experience” lasting two days. The following is included in the price of 95euros; note that you must be a minimum of two people for this adventure:

  • One camel per person,
  • travel with a jeep,
  • overnight accommodation in tents,
  • lunch, dinner, and breakfast.

Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience

Sahara Experience offers many combinations of journeys through the desert, beginning either in Marrakech, M’Hadid, Fes, Agadir, and Ouarzazate, for a duration of 2 to 7 days depending on the activities you want to experience.

Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Marrakech, Fes, Agadir, and Ouarzazate.

FOOD

The culinary part of our desert experience began with lunch in M’Hadid with our driver, which was many steaming plates of tempting rice and meats marinated in flavorsome sauces and plenty of bread.

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Being in the middle of the desert doesn’t have to mean any luxury at all, in fact, we were so surprised to find that our meals were prepared with much care and precision, like our gorgeous desert of sesame –topped chocolate cake framed by slices of apple pie, fruit and even rose petals!

Our breakfast area with Sahara Experience was a welcoming scattering of large cushions arranged around little round tables lit by candles until the sun had fully risen.

PEOPLE

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Throughout our adventure around South Morocco, we have experienced outstanding hospitality and friendliness, which was more likely experienced in our two day Sahara Experience. Added factors are the enthusiasm and an obvious picture of their love for working in such unique surroundings and welcoming their visitors in which we appreciate the most.

Note: This is a sponsored Luxury Desert Camping trip with Sahara Experience and Much Morocco! Thank you to everyone we met who helped to make this such a special experience.

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4 thoughts on “Luxury Desert Camping with Sahara Experience, Morocco #MuchMorocco

  1. A good mind is reflected by the great thoughts and you are brilliant in your genre of writing blog. Great blogs and I am keenly I am keenly looking ahead for more these kinds of blogs these kinds of blogs.

  2. I’m happy you did the right Desert Trip ( Ride camels in erg chebbi sand dunes), and you enjoyed!
    Just few tips for those who are interesting in visiting Morocco :

    -Morocco is at its most beautiful in spring (mid-March to May) when the landscape is green and lush, making for spectacular mountain hiking. Morocco is also lovely in Autumn (September to October) when temperatures are very pleasant.

    -Weather in May :
    Expect daytime temperatures to reach 27°C with on average 9 hours of sunshine per day in Morocco in May.

    -Popular Morocco destinations : Marrakech with its famous square, Fes with its old Medina, Ride Camels in Merzouga desert, Ouarzazate ( See the old Kasbah Of Ait Ben Haddou), Chafchaouen (The small blue town ), and Essaouira for those who liking the beach …

    1. Yes! It was an amazing experience and we enjoyed every bit of our stay in Morocco ❤️️
      Thanks Brahim for the tips! I’m sure it’ll be useful to all of our readers. Happy travels! ❤️️

  3. This seems like such an amazing experience. I’m marking it down on my list of things to do in Morocco. I’ve been before, but only for a short time. I want to travel all around the country next time I go, and do this adventure.
    Thanks for the tips!

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 120 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and is now on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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