If you read last week’s post you will know that I have recently returned from a wonderful fortnight exploring Morocco and that I have totally fallen for this fascintating country with its vibrant colours, intoxicating smells and wonderfully generous people. In that post, I shared some photographs of our trip up through the Atlas Mountains – if you missed that you can find it here. It took 3 days for us to cross the mountains and reach Merzouga, the gateway to the Sahara. I adored every moment of the trip but it was the Sahara Desert that really stole my heart.
There were 24 of us in our little group and having spent three days travelling together we had got to know each other really well. Having so many people from different ages, nationalities and backgrounds to share this adventure with, really enhanced the experience for me. The first thing we did was to meet our desert guides who introduced us to our camels. We then spent the afternoon trecking through the desert until we reached the Erg Chebbi dunes where we spent the night in a desert camp. We then feasted on traditional Morrocan fare before heading to the top of the dunes to watch the sunset. The rest of the night was spent singing and dancing with our desert guides before settling down to sleep under the stars which were dramatically clear due to the complete lack of light pollution.
We were woken early the next morning to watch the sun rise before piling onto the roofs of a convoy of 4x4s for an exhilarating drive back through the dunes. I think my screams could be heard all the way back to Marrakesh.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing my adventure in the Sahara Desert. If so, pop back next week when I will post about the vibrant, intoxicating marvels of Marrakesh.