If you’re heading out on a Sahara Desert trek in Morocco, there’re a few things you should know before you go.
Morocco is no ordinary holiday. For starters, it’s got the incredible Sahara Desert running right along its eastern edges, with the warm waters of the southern Atlantic lapping its western shores — and towering mountain ranges, colourful cities and so much more. The attraction for many visitors to this magical land is embarking on a Sahara Desert trek. But are such thrilling excursions difficult, who can go on them and just how do you prepare?
In this blog, we’re going to look at what’s involved with a Sahara Desert trek in Morocco, so if you’re planning one, you’ll be fully prepared and can enjoy this otherworldly experience to the full.
The Sahara Desert — “Sahara” is an Arabic word for “The Great Desert” — is the largest hot desert in the world and covers almost all countries in the north of the mighty continent of Africa. It includes Mauritania and Mali in the west, Niger and Chad in central North Africa and Egypt and Sudan in the east. The desert is a vast, sand-covered area that stretches 4,800 km from west to east. It’s believed that due to climatic conditions at the time the region became arid around three million years ago. It’s a fascinating place to visit — as long as you know what you’re doing.
Continental Cover: This image shows the sheer size of the Sahara Desert, covering around half the African continent. Morocco is situated in the top left. (Image: Shutterstock)
One of the main features of the Sahara is the towering dunes that wind all around it; they’re called “ergs”, meaning “dune field”, in Arabic and are a spellbinding sight to see, as well as climb. It’s now known — thanks to newly published research by the University of Cambridge — that sand dunes “communicate” with each other. The enormous structures can alter the airflow around themselves and in doing so, push other dunes away.
The Sahara is famous for being not only very dry but incredibly hot too. You may not know that the desert gets cold too, as the temperature plunges at night due to a lack of insulating cloud cover to keep the heat in. How hot does it get in the Sahara Desert? While it averages around 30C, the mercury can and does climb as high as a sizzling 50C and beyond, and there’s almost never any rain.
The harsh and unforgiving environment of the Sahara and the stark fact there’s nothing in it in the way of assistance should you need help, means this is one of the most challenging areas in the world to visit. That, however, should not stop you from exploring one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The key is to fully prepare yourself before heading off on a Sahara Desert trek.
You will first need to book your Sahara Desert trek in Morocco with a reputable and experienced travel firm that knows what it’s doing and has expert local staff who know the Sahara inside out. The drivers and guides here at Desert Majesty are highly experienced in desert life and know how to take care of our guests from around the world, no matter what their age, so that they enjoy their trip and do not get into any difficulties.
Your local travel firm will have the best in robust 4×4 transport to get you to the Sahara, all around it and back, in air-conditioned luxury. It will have all kinds of backups in cases of emergency. Travel firms will use the best local camel-handlers so you can climb aboard one of these great creatures of the desert and see it all from an astounding vantage point. And they will arrange luxury tented accommodation in the Sahara so you can dine out under sparkling stars at night and take it all in.
All you need to do is wrap up well — during the day and the night.
To experience the trip of a lifetime by going on a Sahara Desert trek in Morocco, contact the experts at Desert Majesty today, and soon you could be out in the dazzling sands and having the time of your life.