Are you wondering what activities you can do in the Sahara Desert? Here’s a guide.
You might think there’s nothing in the desert and little to do, but there’s a world of activities you can do in the desert — in the mighty Sahara, at least, and especially in the incredible and easily accessible Moroccan part.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and the third largest among the others — subtropical, coastal and cold. Altogether, the searing sands of the Sahara stretch over an area of 9.2 million kilometres and cover large swathes of North Africa, including substantial parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia.
The Sahara — taken from the Arabic language and appropriately meaning “The Great Desert” — has become something of a magnet for tourists from all around the world who want to experience its spellbinding beauty, spend some time sleeping under the stars and take it all in — and do all sorts of activities.
Those who embark on Morocco desert tours can easily reach great parts of the Sahara from their accommodation in many of the country’s great cities, such as Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fez, Agadir, Ouarzazate and other tantalising places full of ancient history and vibrant colour.
Activities Can You Do in the Sahara Desert
When you really want to get away from it all and not see many people, buildings, traffic or anything else for a while, the Sahara Desert is the ultimate destination. Here you can go trekking with desert nomads, whose people and cultures go back many centuries and are the experts in desert living.
You’ll roam along the dreamy plains with your nomad guides and far away from other tourists too. It’s an amazing, captivating and entirely refreshing experience that will have you fully recharged and ready for anything when you get back home.
Camel Train: Exploring the Sahara Desert dunes by camel is a real thrill.
You can’t come to the desert and not ride a camel, of course. At Desert Majesty, we know this all too well, and that our clients from all over the world have this exciting activity high up on their activity list when they’re going out on Morocco desert tours. Riding a camel gives you an amazing vantage point over the panoramic vistas ahead, but it takes some getting used to and is certainly not like riding a horse.
There’s no need to worry if it’s your first time on a camel, as long as you have expert guides who know what they’re doing, and ours make sure our guests feel comfortable and secure before heading off on their very own ship in the Sahara Desert. It’s essential to come prepared, however, and jeans or trousers are required because shorts or skirts mean the exposed part of the legs will chafe on the saddle and rough camel skin, and turn red and sore.
Thrilling Times on Morocco Desert Tours
Another exciting activity you can do in the Sahara Desert is sandboarding, which is almost identical to perhaps the more widely known snowboarding, but without the cold, or the snow. Simply climb the towering dunes with your board and ride right down, either standing, sitting or lying on your stomach — the latter two positions are recommended for those new to the sport and just practicing for greater rides to come.
If you’re looking for something totally different in the Sahara, why not consider a Sufi meditation retreat? This age-old practice involves developing a personal relationship with God by deepening your knowledge and exploring your mind. We organise the logistics for Sufi meditation retreats in the desert once a year, and if this is something you might be interested in, do get in touch.
Something else not to be missed on Morocco desert trips is an encounter with the people who live in the desert — the Berbers. With an experienced guide who speaks their Amazigh language, you can visit these incredibly friendly people in their desert dwellings where they’re cut off from modern civilisation, and even have tea with them.
Oasis: After a day exploring the Sahara Desert, relaxing and spending the night at a luxury tented camp is incredible.
Another wonderful thing to do in the Sahara is stay in it — overnight, and for many nights. It’s an incredible experience, as your tour company personnel set up a luxury tented camp for you that has all the conveniences you need and a sumptuous bed you’ll have the best night’s sleep in. But not before a delicious Moroccan dinner is prepared for you and you can savour it as you dine outside and under a brilliantly twinkling sky — dining has never been so good.
And then, overall, there’s experiencing the humility of human existence against the backdrop of the vast power of the Sahara — its aridness, sudden sandstorms, extreme scorching heat, reliance on wells, and oases and intimate knowledge to survive.
The Sahara Desert, it turns out, has it all.
Book your trip to Morocco and embark on breathtaking tours in the Sahara Desert. Contact Desert Majesty today and find the package and activities that are right for you. We’re also pleased to create customised tours. Get in touch now.