As I sat on a sand dune and took in the vastness of my surrounds, miles of sand in every direction, I truly experienced one of those standout wow moments in life.
I was in the Sahara Desert, in Morocco, watching an African sunset.
That was until a minute later I spotted two small specks coming closer to view.
What on earth could it be? We had driven ages to get to the middle of what seemed like nowhere and then spent a further hour on camels to reach our camp site for the night.
But, it seems we couldn’t have been that far removed from it all since the two specks turned out to be a couple of kids trying to sell us miniature hand stitched camels!
If that isn’t the embodiment of the determination of a Moroccan sales pitch, then I don’t know what is.
The camel ride was an obvious highlight of this experience, albeit a little scary when you’re holding on tight as the camels kind of slip their way down some of the steeper dunes. Next morning’s return ride made for a pretty sore backside by the end too!
Sand boarding kept everyone occupied for a little while
At our campsite we had a dinner prepared and as we ate some of the Berber men who were leading the journey sang and played traditional music.
It was amazing when all that surrounded us was pitch black nothingness except for their voices, chanting words we couldn’t understand, yet the meaning given from the infectious beats they created could be deciphered regardless. It was a really magical experience.
Despite being a desert, it gets pretty windy at night time so a scarf to wrap around your face as protection from sand blasts is recommended!
From Marrakech there are many tour companies offering a few days tour to the Sahara. I’d recommend talking to your hostel or accommodation and reviewing them thoroughly prior to booking.
My experience was part of a 15 day tour of Morocco that I booked through Busabout (which I hope to review in full soon) but was actually run by a local operator called Nomadic Tours.