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A Wanderer in the Sahara Desert

Updated on November 4, 2015

A Wanderer in the Sahara Desert

While traveling via camel through the Sahara Desert, my group took a brake from the endless rocking back and forth of the camels massive humps. I pulled out a tube of Pringles® (as one does in the middle of nowhere) and just stared at the massive expanse of land. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the guide that had walked the camels all the way here, take a big breath of air, and plop himself down on the soft and warm sand. I proceeded to put my chips down and grabbed my camera. It was such a beautiful end to the day. I walked over to the man and asked if I could take a picture of him. The sky was a beautiful ocean blue with ribbons of pink. This was truly serene. After about a 15 minute break, we got back on the dual humped creatures and rode another 30 minutes to our camp. Once I dismounted the camel, I took a look around. The whole place was made of carpets! The sand was covered with carpets, the "roofs" were half carpet, and half blue tarp. The place looked like something out of a movie. My group sat for dinner and a table whose cloth was, you guessed it, carpet. Some women brought out the food, which was an assortment of olives, bread, Moroccan salad, and tagine (a traditional meal). After dinner, the trip leaders informed us that they were running low on water. This was a major concern. We were about to spend the night in a hot desert with minimal water. After a few minutes of chitter chatter, a couple of friends and I climbed a dune. We sat up there for hours just talking and stargazing. It was perfect. You could see every single star in the sky. Perfection. At around 4 am we decided it was time to go to our rooms and sleep. The rooms were small, with paper thin mattresses, and hot to say the least. After some scattered moments of sleep, and major dehydration, it was finally morning time. We left the camp at around 8:30 am (3 hour and 30 minutes behind schedule). A 2 hour camel ride back to the small village where our vans were parked, was again, an uncomfortable one. As I look back on this excursion, I would never do it again, but it definitely is one my most fondest memories.


Your Unusual Adventurer,

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Merzouga, Morocco

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A hot place where the only thing in sight is sand, shrubbery, and camles

What you need to bring to the Sahara Desert

Day
(Hot) Night (Cold)
Always
A light t-shirt
Light t-shirt_______Long sleve
Reusable Water Bottle
Light Long Pants
Shorts______Sweatpants
Water
Headscarf (Optional)
_____Fleece Jacket
Sunscreen

The Desert Guide

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    • Anna C Taylor profile image

      Anna 22 months ago from Around the World

      I visited the Sahara Desert for the first time last year. It was hot and the camel ride was uncomfortable, but it was beautiful. I hope to get the chance to experience it again.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.