Auberge le Petit Prince
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- Arrived in Merzouga at 6 AM after a 12-hour night bus, and was pleased to discover my auberge was called 'le petit prince'.
- Hiked up a 150m sand dune and napped in exhaustion at the top.
- Rode a camel with an attitude into a desert camp at the foot of a huge dune.
- Watched the sun set and rise over the desert from the …
Having ridden an elephant in Nepal, a pony in Lesotho, a camel in Oman and an ostrich in South Africa and not counting the yak that Mark involuntarily rode (also in Nepal), we finally got to ride a dromedary!
The road from Ouarzazate to Tinehir, about 170 km in an easterly direction is nicknamed the "Valley of 1000 kasbahs" and …
... or how they kneel down like cats when they sit, is exotic. You can't help but admire how evolution molded such a well adapted creature. They're also photogenic creatures too. Riding one is not so pleasant though. They're a lot wider than a horse, so you have to splay your legs out a bit in the "saddle". Ascending and descending sand dunes on a camel is strange experience. I would describe ascending as imagine someone doing a stairmaster on your butt. Descending feels a bit like ...
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"There's sand as far as I can see.
The rolling hills of fine orange sand, molded by these same winds that now blow goosebumps down my spine, are goosebumps to the land.
Everyday footprints are covered and whole landscape changes shape. For something so large to never be stagnant makes me feel so small, but just a small part to a bigger process.
... Poor guide had like 17 camera's to take pictures with. LOL.
After the gorge we had lunch, once again and expensive menu. I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu. Spaghetti. It was awful. I should have known better than to get spaghetti in Morocco. Everyone else's food looked amazing, I should have bit the bullet and payed 4 more dollars for a good meal. I'm thankful I had a few oranges in my bag. That filled me up.
After diner we drove to Merzouga ...
TravelPod Member ReviewsAuberge le Petit Prince Merzouga
A lovely campsite right on the edge of the dunes with very clean sanitary facilities and a great restaurant serving excellent food at a reasonable price. From here, you can ride a dromedary to a camp a couple of hours away. Their desert camp is nestled into the side of a dune so easy to scramble up for the sunset and sunrise. Dinner was fantastic as was the unexpected entertainment with African drums and singing. Definitely recommend.
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