Camel Trekking is an activity in which you are taken on a camel excursion into the Sahara Desert. The Moroccan desert is beautiful and traveling to such a destination is a once in a lifetime experience. Best of Merzouga invites you to discover the Dunes of Erg Chebbi, also known as the Dunes of Merzouga.
Erg Chebbi & Ait Benhedou Tour Itinerary : 3 day 2 Night Trip
Day 1 : We Depart from Marrakech at 0900h in modern, air conditioned transportation. We travel over the Atlas mountains, enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside below and we visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This journey takes approximately 3 hours. From there, after our break, we continue to Ouarzazate (approximately 1 hour or so) for lunch break & sightseeing. Lunch is available in the local cafes. After lunch, we continue along the route of The Dades Valley to reach our guesthouse where we will stay for the night. The guesthouse offers Private ensuite rooms and an evening meal and breakfast are included.
Day 2 : The next morning we continue along the Dades valley, visiting Dades Gorge, Todra, Todra Gorge and other interesting sites, making our way to Merzouga. At Merzouga we explore the village and meet our camels who will take us for 1 and a half hours into the dunes to reach our desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Each person rides their own camel. The Camel trek is usually just prior to sunset, so that you may enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the dunes. Once we arrive at the Desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious hot minty tea and we spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes and beside the warmth of the fireside. We enjoy a locally cooked meal of Tagine or couscous (vegetarians are catered for with vegetable tagine), a drum party and story swapping. The camp has toilet facilities. Those that wish to can sleep directly under the stars, but there are Bivouacs for everyone. The stars in the desert are a great opportunity to see as there are no artificial lights around and you can fully appreciate the glory of the skies above.
Day 3 : Wake up early, just prior to sunrise, we have a 1h30 camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further and we head back to Merzouga on our Camels. When we reach Merzouga, have breakfast & have the opportunity to shower and then we begin our journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch as we return to Marrakech. The usual arrival time in Marrakech is between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs.