Sahara Desert, a Highlight in Morocco

No description could have prepared me for the awe striking view of the golden sand dunes and intensely blue sky of the Sahara. It is a must do if you are a nature loving traveler and are seeking a truly extraordinary experience. The desert is like a dynamic sea that moves in huge waves lifted by the wind. It is an immense expansion of soft thin sand that invites you to run and laugh and interact with it. There is a beautiful light that gives a shine to everything and indeed a deep blue sheltering sky. While having fun at the dunes, nothing is wrong, nothing else exists..........

There are no words that can exactly describe the beautiful simplicity of the Sahara Dessert, all I can say is that if it appeals to you, you definitely should go.


Beautiful Pictures of The Sahara Desert in Morocco

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Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sahara Desert, Morocco | Source
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sahara Desert, Morocco | Source
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sahara Desert, Morocco | Source
Zagora, Morocco
Zagora, Morocco | Source
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sahara Desert, Morocco | Source
Zagora, Morocco
Zagora, Morocco | Source
The man on the left hand side is actually Brahim Elabdouli hanging out with us. Sahara Desert, Morocco
The man on the left hand side is actually Brahim Elabdouli hanging out with us. Sahara Desert, Morocco | Source
Zagora, Morocco. Getting ready for the camel ride through the Sahara Desert.
Zagora, Morocco. Getting ready for the camel ride through the Sahara Desert. | Source

Zagora

Apart from the famous sign “Tombouctou 52 jours”, there is not much to see in Zagora but it is The threshold to the Sahara. My traveling companions and I organized an expedition with “Caravane Desert et Montagne” (Caravans Desert & Mountain, BP 112 Av Mohamed V)), an agency run by a very pleasant guy called Brahim Eläabdouli who can arrange different expeditions according to your interests, including overnight camping in the desert.

I have to be honest and say that I was there a few years ago and things can change, I recently heard from some friends that the expedition with Brahim was too touristy and left them unsatisfied. I guess you'll have to judge for yourself regarding to your special interests, just bear in mind that it is difficult to go real deep into the desert, and your whole adventure depends on how much time-energy-money you are willing to invest.


Sahara Camel Ride

Heading towards the Sahara Desert
Heading towards the Sahara Desert | Source

Sahara Desert, Morocco

We travelled to the skirts of the Sahara in a Land Rover and took a camel ride to get into it. These animals are very friendly, gentle creatures, just beware of the fact that they lift hind legs first, then front legs and stand up, otherwise you will feel that you are being launched forwards into the floor and if you don´t hold tight you will be.


How to Get There

In Central Morocco, there is a town called Zagora from which you can easily have access to the desert. It is near to Ouarzazate, an interesting town where you will live the authentic Moroccan-Muslim experience and it is a perfect stop before heading to Zagora. All though Morocco might seem a little country, it is in the African scale and distances are still considerable.

Central Morocco

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B markerOuarzazate -
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C markerMarrakesh -
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travelholidays 3 years ago from India

Nice hub. Thanks for sharing :)


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

I would have never thought that I would someday set a foot in the great Sahara Desert. However, it came out to be a surreal experience, very exciting and beautiful beyond belief. The Sahara is one of the places you must go to if you are visiting Morocco. Thanks for dropping by and communicating with me, I appreciate your comments :)


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tastiger04 3 years ago

Interesting hub! The sands look beautiful....would like to explore Africa one day. voted up and interesting :)


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

tastiger04, hi, thanks for your kind words and feedback :), you are absolutely right, the beauty of the sand in the Sahara Desert is unbelievable!!! so beautiful you don´t really need much more than the contrasting deep blue skies to feel profoundly elated. I am very pleased you liked this hub.

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