Tips

Essential Tips for Morocco Desert Tours

If your holiday with Desert Majesty involves trips out to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, where you may be staying for several days, up to a week, or longer, you will need to be prepared. Here are some useful items that we recommend you pack before you leave on your trip of a lifetime to Morocco.

A sleeping bag. While we provide plenty of blankets and sheets for your tented desert accommodation, it does get very cold in the Sahara at night. Bring along your own sleeping bag, so that you’ll be snug as a bug under the spectacular, if chilly, Moroccan night skies, studded with a galaxy of shimmering stars.

A turban or scarf. This is an essential item when heading out on Morocco desert tours, as the simple garment will protect your face and hair from the harsh sun, as well as any sand that gets whipped up by the wind. If you’ve arrived for your holiday in Morocco and find you don’t have a turban — known locally as a shesh — or scarf, don’t worry. You can easily buy a shesh at a local shop or bazaar.

Warm clothing. You may have a sleeping bag to keep you cosy as you doze out in the desert, but you’ll also need to bring some warm clothes when you embark on a Morocco desert tour. Although temperatures are high in the Sahara during the day, they plummet at night, due to a lack of cloud to keep the heat in. While you might think you don’t need to pack heavy clothing for a trip to hot Morocco, you will need it when you’re out in the desert in the evenings in early spring, late autumn and the winter.

Other essentials to bring on Morocco desert tours:

High-factor sunscreen to combat the strong sun

Good-quality sunglasses that can filter out the sun’s harmful rays and protect your eyes

Solid footwear, such as good trainers, for all the walking you will be doing

You might also like to pack a torch and Swiss army knife, and above all you should make sure that you bring lots of water with you on every car journey in the Sahara. We will of course provide water at the camps you’ll be staying at.

Being well-prepared for your Moroccan adventure will ensure that you have the time of your life on your Desert Majesty tour.

Useful items

  • A sleeping bag for longer treks. Sheets and plenty of blankets are provided in the bivouacs
  • A turban (“shesh”) to protect against the sun and sand. There are many places to buy one in different hues along the route
  • Warm clothing for the evening; although the temperature can be pleasant during the day in winter, it can drop dramatically at night. A warm hat for the night will not come amiss
  • A Swiss army knife and a torch are always handy
  • Trainers are ideal footwear, whilst walking barefoot in the dunes the most practical
  • A good quality sunscreen, sunglasses and a basic first-aid kit
  • Plenty of bottles of water for the car but we provide enough bottled water in for each person in the desert.

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Ethical Aspects

In Morocco, as travellers, we are paying guests, exploring and learning about age-old traditions and fascinated by a world so different from our own. Customs and traditions based either on religion or habits passed down from generation to generation can seem strange, unusual, odd. Listening, learning and observing, without necessarily understanding and without passing judgment, can enhance our pleasure of participating in this other existence.

As we move round and through this environment, we leave behind impressions of ourselves and our own world – we are the most important ambassadors. Let us ensure that these memories we leave are ones of warmth, generosity, openness, curiosity, modesty and respect for this different society and for the environment which others experience on a daily basis. Moroccans are very welcoming and hospitable people and it behooves us to keep faith with this.

Environmental aspects

The desert is very much alive – witness the myriads of animal tracks on your morning climb to watch the sunrise. It is also other people’s living space. With this in mind and considering also that the dryness of the desert means that even a paper tissue rots only exceedingly slowly, please be careful to remove ALL litter.

Throughout Morocco it is important that we are conscious and careful of our water consumption. This is a country under constant threat of drought. We are all individually responsible for maintaining a sustainable environment wherever we are.

Of course there are scorpions and snakes in the desert but these rarely pose a danger and they avoid the proximity of humans. Only in summer is it advisable to keep an eye out.

The reason for the guide along with you is for your own safety. Please do not venture beyond sight of the camp alone, as it is easy to lose a sense of orientation in the dunes.