An exciting journey and adventure in the Moroccan Sahara
What is the cost?
Magic… yes, but at what cost? You can go through a local agency (DMC) at a lower cost, which will guarantee you a certain security without having to worry about the "practical" aspects of the trip, especially with regard to the difficulty of finding gas stations near the doors of the Desert. By going through this type of agency, you will be able to negotiate the price of tailor-made support with transport included from certain cities, including Marrakech. You can get away with it for less than 200 euros, all inclusive, for a few days of Saharan magic.
How To get there?
If you have already planned to go through Marrakech, it is therefore possible to access it by car (allow 5 hours by road), via Ouazazate and Zagora. This route will reveal to you as the kilometers go by the increasingly arid landscapes of southern Morocco. From rocky mountains to Oases extending to the horizon, the path alone contains a plurality of breathtaking landscapes. On your way to the south, you will have the opportunity to meet pretty people, far from the madness of Marrakech and the westernization of Casablanca ... Discover authentic Morocco. For people suffering from bends in the mountains, I strongly advise you not to go there by car ... The road between Ouarzazate and Mhamid, the door of the desert, is made up for the most part of bends in laces.
Once you are there
When you arrive at the gates of the desert, it is the calm and dunes as far as the eye can see that replace the oases and the rocky mountains. Several choices will then be offered to you: continue in a 4 × 4 in the sand, or a dromedary camel… The car is still necessary to penetrate further into the Sahara and venture to the Chegaga Dunes. A vastness of sand to the horizon ... They will make you feel like a tiny grain of sand in the middle of a wild and dazzling nature. Sports enthusiasts will take the opportunity to climb to the top of the Dunes and enjoy a view worthy of a tale of the Arabian Nights.
The night in the desert
Without a doubt, the best experience of your stay in the desert will be your first night. Leave preferably in early or late summer, so as not to be too cold while avoiding to come across small, not very pleasant animals, like scorpions ... which are more numerous in summer.
If you leave in early September, the season is ideal, then you can even venture out to sleep under the stars, wrapped tightly in your blanket. You will take the opportunity to look at the sky and let yourself be transported by the incredible beauty of the Milky Way, visible to the naked eye in this region, far from any urbanization. This feeling of feeling alone at the same time in the tiny world in a vastness ... is really out of the ordinary.
Astronomy enthusiasts will be in heaven, as more than 80% of the Earth’s visible constellations are visible to the human eye in this region. Something to feel lost among the multitude of stars brighter than each other ...
You will be awakened by the first rays of the sun and will be able to enjoy the dawn as soon as you wake up, with a view of the golden and silent dunes.
Who should be accompanying you?
To live these magical moments while being surrounded by connoisseurs, I advise you to be accompanied by nomads (or former nomads, now settled at the gates of the Desert), who will be happy to make you discover the enchanting beauties of their region.
Then it will be easy for you to share moments around a tagine, a tea, a derbouka, sitting on a carpet, to discuss their various experiences in this fabulous region. Moroccans are not only welcoming but also good-natured, it will not be surprising to end the evening dancing to the sound of the derbouka, in the moonlight.
And since Moroccans are welcoming and warm, it will not be surprising to invite you to the families of your companions to taste a couscous and celebrate your visit. Then comes the time to leave, to find the door of the desert, then the first cities in the direction of Marrakech. This is when you will already be thinking about coming back very quickly and reliving this unique experience.