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Camel Trekking of Morocco

Yaakoubi Hassan

Posted by Yaakoubi Hassan on February 13, 2011

A visit to the Sahara desert is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Sahara desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. It is a very peaceful experience, one raley known to most of the Western World.

The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga is 30 miles (50km) south east of Erfoud and has the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. These golden dunes dramatically 50m from the desert floor. They run in a line almost perfectly north/south to the village of Merzouga and beyond, and mark the western fringe of the Sahara Desert, dividing Morocco from Algeria.

The dunes of Erg Chigaga (Erg Chegaga) near M'hamid is in the south of Morocco, over the Atlas Mountains and pass Zagora. Erg Chigaga is also part of the Sahara desert and more difficult to get to than Erg Chebbi.

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Reply by shivam7 on April 28, 2011

My 13 year old brother and I, and four other family members were went on a four day three night trip to Merzouga with Omar and it really was a fantastic experience!
Omar is a very lovely, charming and genial host, with fascinating facts and good humour to ease the long, but fabulous drive.. thanks for sharing here!!!

emolife

Reply by emolife on May 12, 2011

This is a little off subject but i think everyone should just save some money and go to africa i mean not for a racial thing but because like u live your life staying in bounds we need to get outta our shells some times i just wanted to put that out there

Reply by travel2live on May 26, 2011

We booked a trip with Your Morocco Tour that was tailored to our interests and time schedule. We have gone to Merzouga and saw the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, that were very picturesque. But we were also lucky and traveled in our 4x4 WD to the sand dunes of Erg Chigaga by M'hamid. I must stay that we enjoyed it much more. It felt more as an adventure, crossing the sand dunes in our car. We could also tell that the area of Erg Chigaga is much larger. We move around a bit and everywhere we look we saw these beautiful sand dunes. We were also fortunate to see local Nomads that still live in the desert, the little children running towards our car. Their clothes hanging on a wire and many dogs protecting the families against strangers. I will never forget this encounter.
Thank you Your Morocco Tour for this wonderful lifetime experience.

koshkha

Reply by koshkha on May 30, 2011

Unfortunately one thing that the people advertising and promoting camel treks don't tell you is that camels are the most uncomfortable beasts known to mankind. Think very seriously before you commit to more than a few hours on one of these foul mannered beasties. After a day and a half on a camel in India it took three months for the skin to grow back on my bum.
I recommend sports bras for the ladies (the cameleteers won't tell you this but they'll laugh their socks off when your camel starts to trot) and padded cycle shorts aren't a bad idea for both sexes. Lots of sunblock and a good wide-brimmed hat are also wise precautions.

But given the choice between camel trekking and not camel trekking I still recall the words of the guide who took me on my first camel experience - "It's not too late to back out and go to the bar instead"

Reply by realu on June 08, 2011

koshkha thanks for information on camels really very useful to you are familiar with these things before you engage your whole day with this

Reply by samudev on June 15, 2011

I do not think that camel rides are as bad as one of the fellows have explained above. Yes taking long rides on camel can get you uneasy but when you are in desert you cannot go without the desert ship.

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