Mini camel trek in Erg Chebbi

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

To make the most of the desert South, we ended up renting a car for a hefty 54 Euros a day and wandered around for 4 days, taking in the fabulous scenery of the 10,000 Kasbahs road : palm plantations, crumbling fortified villages, red mesas, desolate rocky plains silhouetting a few acacia trees.
Our erratic driving took us along paved roads that turns to trails, that turned to nothing.
Once, we even ended up at Dar , the House of Dreams, the most unlikely place to find a "Relais et Chateau", a most exclusive resort, reserved for only 28 privileged guests , pampered to death for a mere 850 Euros a day ( yep ! no typo !). Xavier, the gracious French director took us through the grounds, despite our scruffy looks and modest car, leaving us astounded at the luxury of the facility. By contrast, our lovely Berber guest house that night cost us 15 Euros ...

We spent the next 2 days discovering the splendid Dadès and Todra gorges, striking red faults harboring lush palm plantations and regal adobe Kasbahs.

Finally the end of the road : Merzouga, 40 km away from the Algerian border. Not so much a village, as a string of guesthouses backing of the golden dunes of the only sand desert present in Morocco.

In compliance in the tourist customs, we signed up for a mini camel trek : a 2 hours ride into through the dunes, in the sun set, towards a Berber camp. Diner under an explosion of stars ( the Milky way exist for real, we saw it !). Casual Berber musical intermezzo to cheer our hearts . Restful sleep under traditional Berber tents. Climb on a giant dune at dawn to gaze at the rising sun. And camel ride back to Merzouza.
As basic and brief a Sahara experience it was, it left us filled with fabulous memories.
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plmd on

From the Big Wet
It's good to 'hear' from you again. Seeing you in the desert means I have to tell you of the rains here. November has broken all records. In fact, I have quite enjoyed it. Being dry while water sluices down the street, eating those hearty winter foods, great stuff! Offset slightly by my current influenza, and incompetent TOC, and Mid-term reports due next week - the day before my birthday! I shall be 21! How's the trip so far?


sophie_attila on

Hello les tourtereaux!
Contente de vous lire. Ben finalement entre deux vomissements vous avez vu de chouettes choses au maroc! je vous avais dis que Chef Chaouen etait grandiose!
Moi je suis aussi en pleine aventure: avec une moyenne d'une a deux visite d'appartement par jour j'en vois des vertes et des pas mures! des ruines vendues au prix du neuf, des beautes hors de prix, des trucs super bien mais tres mal places... heureusement que j ai tout mon temps pour l instant!
enfin tout mon temps pas si sur car je viens d etre recontactee par alten lundi soir... je pensais qu ils m avaient un peu oubliee mais non... ils font bien leur travail et envisagent de me placer dans une mission a montigny le bretonneux chez EADS. ce qui ne serait pas pour me deplaire vu qu a premiere vue elle a l air interessante mais j ai tellement mieux a faire en ce moment!
en tout cas d avoir tout sont temps ca me fait des journees bien remplies. Dommage qu on soit en hiver et que la nuit tombe vite.
desolee si j ai fait des fautes et tout et tout mais je suis particulierement pressee donc je ne vais pas me relire. ;-)
Je vous embrasse tous les deux et espere ne pas vous revoir debarquer en france de ci tot.
vivement que je puisse vous rejoindre quelque part!
ps : attila vous fait une lechouille.

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