If you’re thinking of going on a desert tour in Morocco this year, we have some invaluable tips to make your trip go off without a hitch.
The average package holiday in sun-drenched parts of Europe doesn’t entail all that much: choose which part of Spain, France, Greece or other tourist hotspot you’d like to spend your holiday in, make the booking, hop on the plane and that’s pretty much it. These easy-to-get-to destinations are popular not just because they’re near but also because they’re familiar — or at least not all that different to what you’re used to back home (minus the sun). For those planning a Moroccan desert tour, however, it’s all entirely different.
The mighty Sahara Desert, which fringes parts of the magnificent North African country of rich culture, vistas and sensory experiences, is a place of sheer and exceptional beauty, but it’s also a largely barren and harsh land that you need to be prepared for to get the most out of your trip. There’s a lot to consider and proper planning is essential so that your holiday in one of the most stunning parts of the world will go exactly, or better, than you expected and that you’ll have the time of your life out in the great and undulating dunes that go on for as far as the eye can see.
This is not, after all, a place that you can just blithely wander out into and explore at your leisure. Not being prepared for the heat, and cold, can be perilous, for example, and it’s easy to get disoriented and lost due to a lack of landmarks, which can make even the most experienced desert-goer lose their bearings and walk around in circles for hours. This is not what you want to happen on a desert tour in Morocco, and here at Desert Majesty, we have the vast expertise you need so that you won’t encounter any difficulties out in the endless and mesmerising sands.
Choosing Your Desert Locations
You might think there’s little to see in the Sahara Desert apart from lots of sands, but actually, the desert regions of Morocco are full of wonderful sights and experiences and you can decide what you want to see — as long as you know what’s out there.
Some of the most popular places to visit while on a Moroccan desert tour include the large dunes of Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi as well as the beautiful Ouarzazate, Fes or the breath-taking Agadir. These ergs — the word is from the Arabic for “dune field” — are expansive stretches of sand that for centuries have been blown by the winds that pervade this region and formed into shapely mounds that wind and snake into the distance. They are so pleasing to look at for the longest time, as though their basic structure captivates the mind and heart and leaves you in a dreamy otherworldly state of pleasure and joy.
Also on the list of considerations when planning a desert tour in Morocco is the time of year to go. If you find you’re not able to bear extremely high temperatures, it may be best to plan your trip in the spring, autumn or winter months when it’s cooler in the Sahara Desert regions of the country. During the summer months, the mercury can climb to 40 C and above, meaning it can get uncomfortably hot out in the desert — unless you’re properly prepared with protective gear. Getting badly burned, even though you’re wearing sunscreen, is not what you want here and it could ruin your desert holiday experience.
Best Desert Tours in Morocco
Getting about during desert tours in Morocco can be done in a number of ways: on foot, by vehicle or hopping aboard the extraordinary Ships of the Deserts — the camels that for eons have ferried the local Berber people all over the desert, across the country and elsewhere. Organising the way you’re going to travel is best done by consulting a highly experienced Morocco desert tour company that has the expert personnel to guide, drive and keep camels under control.
They will also be able to organise superb accommodation out in the desert where you can relax and unwind after a glorious day of exploration and stunning sights. There you can dine under the stars and have an amazing desert experience that’s as far removed from everyday modern life as possible. But remember — with no cloud cover to keep the day’s heat in, it gets extremely cold at night, so come prepared to wrap up!
Out in the desert, during the day and at night, you may well fall under the silent spell of one of the most magical places on Earth.
If you’d like to go on a desert tour in Morocco this year and are wondering what’s best for you in terms of time of year, what to see and more, contact the experts at Desert Majesty now and they will be pleased to tell you more.