Trip to Saharaan Where do I begin...? Our guide picked us up from the hotel on time. A pleasant man, wearing a traditional Moroccan gondora and a big smile. In a comfy SUV, we hit the dusty road. One the road we got a glimpse of the daily life of rural Moroccans; mothers covered in jeballas holding their young children's hands while carrying a big sac full of vegetables on their head, men guiding the mules carrying items and teaching their sons their trade along the dusty roads under the scorching sun. The road started ascending on Atlas mountains, the weather got cooler, the nature got greener. Small and large villages perched on mountainsides with a minaret marking the town center. As we descended, the nature became more barren. On the way we visited Aid Venhaddou, a well preserved 17th century village which has been a backdrop of many Hollywood movies, most recently in Game of Thrones. After we reached M'Hamid, the last Southeastern town, the paved road ends and a narrow dirt road takes us closer to Sahara. This is where the magic starts. Slowly, the barren dry flat lands give way to sand. Smaller sand dunes anchored around some desert vegetation become larger and larger. Around another sand dune, we see two camels and two young Berber Moroccans awaiting us. Our guide leaves us with them and leaves. Our journey through Sahara begins! Mustafa and Magder wrap turbans around our heads and we mount the camels. Through large and small dunes we trek approximately for 2 hours, deeper and deeper into the desert, into the endless sands. The sun is merciless, small sandstorm firm and die I'm the horizon. The "dance" of sands forming the ripples is fascinating, the grace of the camel carrying us and our
supplies is appreciated. Incredibly, our guides know exactly where to take us. We finally reach the cluster of tents setup for us and some permanent residents just before sunset. We get off the camels and run towards the highest sands dune in site. The view is mesmerizing... just sand and the sun. We snap a few photos and watch the majestic sun melt into the sands. As we come down the dunes our Moroccan Tagine dinner is served outdoors. We eat in peace and take in the magic of Sahara. Slowly the stars fill the pristine sky. I have never seen the sky filed such bright stars. The temperature drops to perfect; the warmth of the sands is pleasant. We lie down on carpets and watch the stars for hours. A cool breeze fills the air, a complete silence sets in. Just sand and the stars - it's like restart for your soul. Your head gets clearer and you realize how lucky you are to live on this beautiful planet. We feel asleep on the sand, under the stars.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.