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“Terrific Sahara trip”
Review of Camel Safaries

Camel Safaries
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty of Moroccan cities, mountains, and deserts that will captivate and inspire you.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 8, 2014

For this review, the context is important. We visited Morocco in late November, during which Morocco experienced its worst floods in a decade.

Many roads were broken and impassable. We had to reschedule and change our itinerary, often at the last minute. Ali and his team were fully accommodating, sending us information and suggesting alternatives, all with our safety in mind. My email chain with Ali reached almost 40 long messages back-&-forth. In the end, by delaying our trip by 4 days so that the roads could be repaired, and doing our trip in reverse (Fes -> Sahara -> Marrakesh), we had a successful trip.

Youssef (pronounced yu-su) was our guide. He was an excellent driver, especially given that many of the roads we traversed were covered in pot-holes, partially washed away, or even covered by a surging river (we had to wait for the water to subside for that one.) We never felt unsafe with Youssef at the wheels.

Seeing the Sahara sunrise is bucket-list worthy, and is now one of my favorite things ever. Sandboarding down the dunes and riding the camels were also super fun. If you visit Morocco, don't hesitate about making the long trip to the Sahara, and if you do, Camel Safaries is a terrific choice.

2  Thank Tony P
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Reviewed November 24, 2014

We travelled to Morocco with our 2 teenage boys to have a bit of an adventure. We had 11 days to fit in an awful lot and travel a long way! Having read the reviews for Camel Safaries we decided to see if Ali could come up with an Itinerary to suit our needs in the time frame allowed. Not only did he come up with everything we asked for but the price was affordable and included everything except our drinks and lunches.
We had a Toyota 4x4 driven by Ibrahim our very happy (and safe) driver and Mustapha our guide who was the font of all knowledge (answering our thousands of questions ),who was very courteous, amenable and spoke great English. They both had a great sense of humour which suited our family down to the ground!
We stayed in a variety of beautiful old Riads along the way,all slightly different but lovely and the food was always great.
We did a camel ride and an overnight stay in Berber tents in the desert..that night we had the best Tagine of the whole trip followed by a drum party and the boys had a go on sandboards down the dunes as the sun went down..what a great night! The guys hired brand new quad bikes the next day and had the time of their lives riding through the dunes and back to our Riad for a candlelit supper under the trees!
We saw the most spectacular scenery on our 3 day journey to the coast which was continually changing and quite breathtaking. We stopped whenever we liked to stretch our legs and take photos and always had a nice lunch somewhere en route. Our final few days were spent in Essaouira, surfing,paddleboarding, relaxing and horseriding. Ali sought out a lovely quiet surf beach not too far away as a suggested option and made sure we could hire boards there, the waves were massive and we had a fantastic time. As we had 3 nights in the same hotel Ali had arranged that we only ate at the hotel for one and got to go and experience other fantastic restaurants that served seafood on the other 2 nights..that was brilliant and so thoughtful.
Having Mustapha with us gave us the chance to go to places and see things we would't have done had we driven ourselves and we learnt so much about life in Morocco from him. We really got a taste of the local culture,which is just what we had wanted and all learnt to say a few things in Arabic/Berber which the locals seemed to enjoy.. We all give Ali and his team a massive thumbs up and thank you for making our trip everything we hoped for and more.

1  Thank Sam B
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

We did the five days/four nights from Marrakesh to Fez with our three children ages 11-16. Everything was very well organized and Hassan our guide was very friendly and upbeat with the kids. We especially liked meeting his friend in his home town who gave us a tour of the market and played a bit of soccer with our girls. The camel trek and staying in the Berber tent exceeded our expectations.

This is a pretty straightforward tour so expect to see other tours following the same path as you. The exception is one day where you do go off the beaten path to see the Berbers in the caves which was very interesting and a lot of driving that day, but getting off the beaten path frequently is. The mid range places were nicer than I expected, but also larger (less intimate) than I expected. There is a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time so there is a lot of driving almost every day (4.5-7hrs a day) which limited our spontaneous exploring. If you can take longer and break it up more, I highly suggest it. The breakfasts and dinners were all very good. Lunch options were limited bc it was Ramadan, but instead of hot sit down lunches of tagine and kebobs at usually more than 10USD per person, picking up fresh foods like bread, cheese, and tomotoes from local markets would have been preferable, but less available bc of the timing. Overall, this is a solid choice, well organized and well priced.

1  Thank 3sbgirls
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were only in Marrakech for 5 days so we did the 2 day, 1 night tour. Our guide and driver Mohammed picked us up in a new 4x4 which was perfect for driving through the Atlas Mountains. He is experienced and we felt very comfortable with his driving. He was also very knowledgable about pretty much everything and always kept us entertained with stories and facts about what we were seeing.
The overnight stay in the dessert was far more luxurious than I had expected. There are showers, running water and the tents even have beds and furniture. The only downside is that we found the dishes a bit dirty.
All in all I highly reccommend them because we felt very well taken after and enjoyed every minute of the tour.

2  Thank CarolRBa
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

Highly recommend Camel Safaries. Everything was organized and stress free. The accommodations were very nice and the driver Mohammed was so kind and resourceful. He was the perfect guide. We have traveled a lot... and this was one of our top trips. Having private transportation is the way to go on this type of adventure. Don't be alarmed if you have to wire a deposit. We did it and it was very easy. We did the 3day/2night and it was great but I would recommend doing a longer one.

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