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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 MoroccoClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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.
Interesting Information on the Sahara Desert
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.
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