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Sahara Safari camp

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Watford,UK
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Sahara Safari camp

This luxury-type camp featured in the travel pages of 2 British newspapers last autumn and yet I cannot find a single review of it on this site or any other .

No sign of its owner company either , Specialist Morocco .

I am wary of it simply not existing .

I had kept the newspaper cuttings with the intention of booking it this year but not without some verification.

Does anyone know of it ?

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London, United...
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for Morocco
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reviews: 36
1. Re: Sahara Safari camp

A simple google search will take you to the company's website. There's several camps in the M'hamid area.

If you are travelling under your own steam with a hire car you could try to book directly with the company that runs a particular camp, alternatively take part in an organised tour that will pick you up from Marrakech or wherever and arrange everything for you.

Watford,UK
posts: 212
reviews: 110
2. Re: Sahara Safari camp

Yes, it has a website and I have read it. However, I usually book with a company or organisation that has been independently reviewed by past customers , hence my extensive use of Trip Advisor .

I will not hire a car but will book with a company or tour who will take us to and from Marrakech .

It is unusual for a high end, much publicised lodging not to have reviews on here which makes me a little wary.

I can see that the company has a UK based director who also owns a riad in Marrakech which has been reviewed on TA . Just no reviews of the desert camp which from its appearance on the website ought to be a popular one.

marrakech
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3. Re: Sahara Safari camp

Hi,

if you can't find reviews here on TA or elsewhere and no-one is coming forward to recommend them I'd be inclined to look for another company?

Bahamas
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reviews: 33
4. Re: Sahara Safari camp

Is this possibly the camp you were looking for?

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g664990-d196…

Watford,UK
posts: 212
reviews: 110
5. Re: Sahara Safari camp

No , but due to lack of info that is probably the one I will go for.

The one I was looking for reviews of is this one :

http://www.saharasafaricamp.co.uk/

London, United...
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6. Re: Sahara Safari camp

I'd be a bit wary. The location shown on the website above is Tagounite which is not where I would expect such a camp to be located. The wilderness of sand dunes is at Erg Chigaga which is 40km to the west of M'hamid.

Tagounite is pretty much next to the main road. Reminds me a bit of the guy who was overnighting at Erg Chebbi and his evening meal arrived on the back of a moped from the village whose lights he could see a little way off.

Sherborne, United...
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7. Re: Sahara Safari camp

‘LUXURY’ Sahara Desert Camp booked through Specialist Morocco

Firstly, I think you should remove the word ‘luxury’ from your description – it is misleading. The facilities described in the brochure and on the Tripadvisor web site bore NO RESEMBLANCE whatsoever to the reality. NO solar panels for lighting or charging electrical appliance, no washing facilities, no en-suite toilet facilities – just a 4ft piece of canvas material separating the sleeping area from the toilet area – VERY POOR.

There is nothing luxurious about the following:

1. Flimsy plastic toilet frame held in place with a plastic bag, which would, and did, collapse unless you sat on it, which can be difficult for a man and with the bad lighting, it was very difficult to negotiate your way around this small area. In addition to the flimsy toilet frames, the only other items in this area were a bucket filled with sand with a ladle and a pedal bin in which to put your excrement. We had to ask for this to be removed the following day as this had not been done –not very pleasant or healthy after the heat of the day.

2. No washing facilities at all on arrival. We had to ask for hot water and Redouin produce a kettle of tepid water, which was just useless. We had to insist on hot water and eventually we got a bucket to wash in – HARDLY LUXURIOUS! The next day we got a plastic bowl.

3. The only lighting was two hand-held wind up torches and a wind-up lantern – none of these produced any decent lighting and in fact, because the shelving was open bars, which was totally useless, there was nowhere to put the lantern. We eventually obtained some candles and placed these on a saucer as the only form of lighting, however, we felt very unhappy in case these fell over and set the tent on fire.

4. We arrived tired and hungry and were told we could not eat until 9pm as there was a party of 54 students in the food tent and no room for us – this was VERY unsatisfactory. I cannot eat late at night because if keeps me awake.

5. We had to ask for another duvet as it was so cold and windy in the night. This was supplied but I would suggest they keep extra bedding in the tent.

6. The entrance to the tent had not been completed and there were tent poles left strewn outside, which also made the tent very dark inside during the day time.

7. Generally, the whole experience, other than the starlit sky at night, was wholly unsatisfactory, unpleasant and caused us quite a lot of stress – this is not what you expect when you come away on holiday.

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