From the very beginning of our tour my sister and I felt well cared for. Idir, our driver arrived at our Riad on time and after introducing us to his 'Japanese camel', a clean, air conditioned 4wd, we set off on what was to become a truly wonderful trip. Idir was friendly, informative and attentive. He is a very good driver too. On our journey to Merzouga we saw some beautiful scenery and visited some delightful places including Ait Ben Hadou. Whilst on the road we had some great conversations with Idir involving much laughter. On our arrival at Merzouga we were greeted by Ismail who from moment we met took very good care of us. Our camel ride (a first for me) into and out of the desert was a great experience, the men leading the camels being very happy to take photographs of us. On our arrival at our camp we were joined by a small number of other tourists and their guides who were all very friendly. We watched the sunset and were encouraged to do some sand boarding. After it became a little too dark to carry on our outdoor activities we went into the big nomadic tent where we ate a delicious meal and were delightfully entertained by the guides. Then it was the tourists' turn to entertain! There was no pressure put on anyone who didn't want to take part but the friendly atmosphere meant that all were willing to have a go. At the natural conclusion of the entertainment we were invited to go and star gaze and watch for shooting stars. We were led up a big dune by our respective guides and remained there for some time spotting shooting stars which were aplenty. Both my sister and I feel that this time was truly very special for us, the pinnacle of our time in an intoxicatingly beautiful country. We slept comfortably in our nomadic tents and were woken early to watch the sunrise before returning (by camel) to the hotel on the edge of the desert where we had a hearty breakfast followed by a hot shower. Then our journey back to Marrakech. It was sad to say goodbye. Above all else, it is the people on this tour who made our time in Morocco so magical.
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