Mini camel trek in Erg Chebbi

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
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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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