We loved our trip with Abdoul and Mohammed from Iguidi Tours. Exactly what others have said "a real desert experience". We arranged the tour whilst travelling through Europe via email. It is always a little unsettling to transfer money to a company you haven't dealt with before but everything went to plan and even when our luggage went missing and we had to start the tour a day later it was no hassle for them. All our questions were answered promptly via email and we were put at ease that after our ten hour bus trip that would arrive late at night into M'Hammid that we would be met by Abdoul to begin our trip. Iguidi Tours is at the end of town, so if you have a sense of adventure and want to experience the desert without all the creature comforts that don't belong in the desert, then keep walking until you get to Iguidi's little office. Using locals to help with the tours you know you are in good hands, they use local ingredients for their cooking so you really feel like your money is helping the local community. Abdoul met us with his colleague and drove us to their desert camp, just out of M'Hammid where we were met with an amazing feast of cous cous and vegetables, and our bed under the stars. They have a building there with toilets and bathing facilities but expect to dig a hole once you get into the desert. The next morning we set off for three more nights in the desert. The Camels worked hard all the way carrying our food, water and bedding in the 50 degree heat and Abdoul and the two Mohammed's worked even harder making sure we were well fed, (which we absolutely were!), well hydrated and could seek appropriate shade during the heat of the day and shelter from winds at night. (They do carry a tent if the weather gets crazy - but we would recommend not using it unless you have to, you can't beat sleeping under the stars in the quiet of the Sahara! There was always a cup of Moroccan tea ready whenever we stopped for lunch or for the evening or woke for breakfast. There was plenty of water, most of it from new sealed bottles but when we filled them up again from the well we added our own purifying tablets to our bottle (discreetly - just in case), it was the middle of summer so we drank a lot but never worried about it running out, the guys have it all in hand. We did not need sleeping bags or jackets as others have mentioned in the evenings as it was still so hot, we just took sleep sheets to help protect us from bugs and sand when the winds were blowing and long loose fitting cotton clothes. We also took turbans which proved invaluable for protection from the sun and sand storms and also to keep us cool in the heat of the day, we would not have known to take these if we hadn't read others reviews on Trip Advisor so try to pick one up in the markets in Marrakech or Fez before you get there (they can lend you one if you forget apparently). The big sand dunes are amazing and worth the extra time to get there. All in all we couldn't have been happier. Abdoul took so much care to make sure we felt safe, and told us stories about the desert, we loved hearing the guys sing as we walked. They are long but not hard days walking but also a few hours each day seeking shade in the hottest part of the day, and long evenings at camp. We didn't see anyone for the four days we were out there and we had no one else on our tour (maybe because it was the middle of summer) so a book or deck of cards are a good idea to pack. We didn't need to pack extra water or food like others have mentioned there was nothing that we could have wanted that wasn't provided, They provided a rug to sleep on and sheets/blankets, toilet paper, plates, food, water etc. So just take you suncream, turban, toothbrush and some basic clothes that will protect your from the sun and some good shoes (they walk bare foot but that sand can get hot!). A wonderful experience that we did not want to end!
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