It’s time for living out your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies while riding a camel in the Sahara Desert. Have you ever wondered what riding a camel feels like? Well, it feels like riding a rocking chair. And the chair is strapped to the top of a stepladder while the stepladder is being dragged across a gravel road. But like in the best way possible! It’s a super unique way to immerse yourself in nature and take in all the views from a new perspective. So join me as we look at where you can go camel trekking in Morocco.
1. Palmeraie of Marrakech
Palmeraie of Marrakech is a lush palm grove oasis just outside of the city of Marrakech. Take a camel ride through the groves of palm trees. So, as you can tell, we’re not in the desert here just yet. Rather, this is a great option if you’re looking for a more relaxed and scenic experience close to the city. To upgrade this trip, take the sunset tour. Of course, the ride is guided by a professional, so your camel knows where to take you.
I know this sounds great but, it gets better. While riding the camel, you receive a Touareg dress and cheich (Touareg scarf to protect the face from the sun). This enables your Moroccan fantasy to become a reality. Now sit back and relax as you soak in the tranquillity of palms and sands. Lastly, the duration of the ride is about an hour long. All that’s left to do is enjoy the ride!
2. Sahara Desert
Any camel trek in the desert is more than one day long just because it’s so large. This is an overnight camel trek from M’hamid to Erg Lihoudi through Morocco’s Sahara Desert. If you want to explore the desert and the dunes this is the perfect trip for you! Start the ride at 4 pm on day one and step into the endless sand dunes from M’hamid. This first camel ride is about an hour. Remember to take photos of the sun setting over the golden-coloured dunes of the Erg Lihoudi Desert. Once you reach the desert camp, sit back and sip on a Moroccan mint tea.
Indulge in a filling Moroccan dinner followed by you assisting in a performance of Berber drum music. Then go to bed and get a restful night’s sleep under the stars. Wake up at dawn to marvel at the pretty sunrise over the sand dunes then enjoy a healthy breakfast. Whereafter, you can have a refreshing shower before hopping on your camel again. Now travel back to M’hamid following your trained guide.
3. Agafay Desert
The desert landscape of the Agafay Desert is stark and mesmerizing. The camel ride takes you through the rough dunes and terrains. Immerse yourself in nature and desert scenery while riding your camel. Agafay is a rocky desert landscape with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. If I were you, I’d enjoy the views for as long as possible. Included in the package is pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in Marrakech.
You can take a break during the ride and have some traditional Moroccan mint tea. And don’t worry, a professional guide is there to take care of you. Also, the guide shares interesting facts and history about Morocco. He also provides information about the desert landscape and the local culture. And remember, even though you’re riding the camel, you’re still in the desert. So, bring along comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
4. Erg Chebbi
Watching the sunrise or sunset on a camel in Erg Chebbi is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco‘s several ergs, a large sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. This camel ride stretches over three days and two nights. The camel trek starts in the afternoon whereafter the guide takes you to your camp which is in the middle of Er Chebbi dunes. Each and every adventurer (that’s you) gets their own private tent. End the night off by climbing the highest dune to watch the sunset, and don’t forget to take your Instagram pics!
The next morning, after breakfast, hop on your camel again. Stroll to your next destination, a small oasis where you enjoy lunch and sandboarding. And for the highlight of the trip, watch the sunset over Erg Chebbi. Whereafter, spend your second night at the desert camp with a lovely dinner and some Moroccan music. Finally, end the trip by making your way back to your accommodation via your camel. Certainly, you will reminisce about this amazing experience!
This Ride Has Come to an End
Although the camel ride itself is not a smooth ride, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Especially not a few days after the ride because your abs may be a little stiff. However, it’s only a reminder of the enlightening trip! But if riding a camel isn’t your vibe, don’t worry. Check out boujee beach resorts in cultural Morocco instead. And as always, thank you so much for being here!