Desert Camel Trek

Trip Start Nov 29, 2009
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Trip End Dec 20, 2009


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Monday, December 14, 2009

14 Dec - Merzouga and the Sahara

            Riding camels through the desert made my bum sore, but was overall a good experience.  The dunes looked like something out of National Geographic!  Around 4pm we emerged from the resort and headed toward the camels.  I asked the Berber workers to put on my headscarf and he put me on a camel laying down.  He signaled my camel, told me to hold on and up the camel went!  

            The camels started the trek and we quickly became uncomfortable sitting on it.  I feel like there has to be a more bottom friendly saddle for the camels.  The saddles are put around the hump and there is a blanket on top of that, so we really are directly on the hump!  On the way back, my saddle was a little wonky and all my weight automatically went to the front on the saddle.  My camel was a little crabby (it freaked out when they later took me off to fix the saddle!) and I'm sure my uncomfortable weight distribution didn't help.    We tried sitting side saddle and putting our feet up and all sorts of things.  Regardless, we had the constant reminder of the trek for a few days!

            A couple hours into the trek we came across our camp site.  There were actually mattresses and blankets there too!  We had at least a few hours on the campsite before dinner so we decided to climb up a sand dune.  It got steeper every step and finally at some point we all just stopped going up farther.  We lounged in the cool sand (it seeped into every bit of my clothing) and looked at the stars.  We went back to the camp where the Berber were playing music and we were dancing around.  The dinner was an eggy dish which was something new for our taste buds to feast upon.

           The stars were absolutely phenomenal!  So many more than in Chicago.  We pulled our mattresses out of the tents and slept directly under the stars, best decision of the trip!  I put feet and hand warmers on, snuggled up, and fell asleep under a blanket of stars.
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map2010
map2010 on

Hi,

I was looking at your blog on your recent travel to Morocco! I'm also from Chicago and looking for any words of wisdom since I might be going to Morocco next month. Is it safe for Americans? Did you pay for a separate tour from Rabat to the desert?

corinneconley
corinneconley on

I felt totally safe there for an American. Many Moroccans are excited to meet Americans, esp ones who are learning English. If you are female, I would recommend dressing modestly as it will attract negative attention and harassment.

My trip to the desert we had a private bus to get there from Fes, and we booked the trip to through a resort.

map2010
map2010 on

Thanks for your help!

mouhou az on

hiii

I am going to Morocco with( www.BichaTours.fr.gd )for the first time on
Thursday 13th October. I have 10 days and do not want to leave without doing
some kind of desert trek on Camel back. Does anyone know how I can
organise this, and the best place to start from. I want to do it for 2-3 days.

Also, is it easy to travel around Morocoo by train?

Any extra tips more than welcome!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you've always
imagined..."

corinneconley
corinneconley on

Morocco's trains are very nice, and you can travel to many big cities by train. I took it from Rabat to Meknes. Once you get to cities, you can take cheap taxis anywhere (petit taxis within city, grand taxis between cities)

From Meknes to Fez I took a bus because we stopped at Moulay Idris and Volubilis.

The hotel we did the trek with was Hotel Kasbah Tombouctou Merzouga. I am pretty sure trains do not go to the desert. You will probably have to locate a bus or something... I was with a big group so we rented a bus. Its out of the way though. From Fez, we went to a resort for the night, then camped in the desert for the night, and halfway back to Rabat we stayed in another hotel on the way.

Good luck and have fun! I would recommend buying a travel guide. Also, Culture Shock Morocco was a great look into Moroccan culture if you are unfamiliar with it.

Ahmed on

Hello,

Firstly, I'm a Morocan man, and living in Morocco, Fez city, it's first time I come to this website, and still don't know how it works ! I found it via google.com when I was looking for Fez pictures.
If you're coming to Morocco, and you're an Americain , Europeen or .... or ... just make sure that it's safe, Morocco is peaceful, and people are nice, of cours there are exceptions . Just make sure you pay attention all the time same like all over the world.

Ahmed

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