Rebooking Your Holiday: When’s the Best Time to Visit the Sahara Desert?

When the current health crisis is over and life returns to normal, we can think about heading off to exciting destinations once more.

Camel trip in Sahara Desert

It’s a time of great uncertainty in the travel sector, and for now, no one is going anywhere. Holidays due to happen are either postponed or cancelled, as the world collectively recovers from the coronavirus outbreak. 

Many people have received vouchers from their airline or large tour companies.  If you had a trip with Desert Majesty cancelled due to COVID-19, we’ll offer you a 10% discount if you decide to rebook. 

 

What’s the Situation in Morocco?

 

Morocco has been largely unscathed by the global pandemic, reporting few COVID-19 cases compared to neighbouring nations like Spain. The country closed its borders, suspended flights and ordered a nationwide lockdown early on. These measures will lift once the threat has passed, as is now happening in places like Italy, which tragically has been the hardest-hit country in Europe. 

One of Morocco’s many attractions for the visitor is the extraordinary spectacle that is the Sahara Desert. The desert is easily accessible from many cities in the country, including Marrakech, where you can base yourself for the duration of your trip. If you’ve postponed an upcoming holiday to Morocco, you may be wondering when to visit Marrakech. You may also be wondering when is the best time to visit the Sahara Desert, due to changing conditions throughout the year. 

 

When to Visit Marrakech and the Sahara Desert

 

Based on our knowledge of the different places in Morocco — including Marrakech — we offer this year-long guide on when it’s best to visit the Sahara Desert:

January and February: At the start of the year, it’s cold but clear, with the deep blue skies, and the white pre-leaf almond blossom a stark contrast to the landscape and bare trees. This is a time when Morocco lives up to its name of “a cold climate with a hot sun”. It’s cold out of the sun, but warm in it.

March, April, May: It’s not too hot in the day but still chilly at night, allowing good sleep, and a campfire is certainly welcome at your Sahara Desert camp. There’s increased bird activity — bee-eaters, swallows and house martins, storks, buntings, and white-crowned wheatears are everywhere. Lots of flowers start blooming: poppies in the mountains and blue mountain irises, apple, pear, quince, pomegranate blossom — and Damascene roses in the Valley of Roses. The weather is ideal and not too hazy, although sometimes it can be a bit windy — a turban is recommended while out in the Sahara, as the sand can whip up.

June-August: This time of year is too hot for most people, which is why it’s low season in Morocco. Erg Chagaga camps sometimes close as the temperatures can soar to 45-50C and no one wants to be out there. Marrakesh can reach over 45C as well, and it can be quite uncomfortable outside the air-conditioned chill of your hotel. 

September: It’s still hot but possible to sleep outside a tent, under the myriad of stars in the Sahara, and to have your meals, prepared for you in your luxury desert accommodation, outside. 

October: Marrakech and the Sahara are still beautifully warm but no longer hot at night. It’s an enjoyable time to prolong the summer months in Europe, and swimming is still possible in a Riad, or traditional hotel, pool — as is having your meals al fresco. 

Christmas and the New Year: This is the perfect way to spend this period — somewhere different and away from the usual festive frenzy. It can be cold, but you’ll usually have beautifully clear skies and wonderful stars.

If you’re thinking of re-booking your holiday to Morocco and would like more information, contact Desert Majesty now and we will be pleased to assist you.

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