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Camp Sahara desert tours

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M'Hamid, Morocco
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We offer personalised desert treks and experiences organised by a family business based in the M’hamid, with our local knowledge we can provide a unique visit to our Sahara desert for the adventurous and the less adventurous alike. solo travellers, couples and families are all welcomed.
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Prune H wrote a review Nov 2019
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They picked us up from our hostel in Marrakech, we were the two of us in a 4x4 with a driver and a guide. We stopped regularly on our way to the desert to visit different places. We slept two nights in desert camps, the first one in a camp near M’Hamid where we could either sleep under the stars or inside and where the host was really nice and explained lots of things to us, the food was amazing. The second day we drove in the desert, stopped for a few hours in the middle of the day and finally arrived in Erg Chegaga where we had the chance to ride a dromedary and see the sunset from the top of the dune. We listened to some Berber music at night. The third day we drove back all the way to Marrakech. Overall the trip was amazing, the driver and the guide were really nice and flexible, they always paid attention to what we wanted. We felt like we were well taken care of. We recommend!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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MrTobor wrote a review Sep 2019
Jackfield, United Kingdom8 contributions5 helpful votes
What a super way to experience a new country! So glad we went with Camp Sahara - wonderful people and a completely customisable holiday. We met a few times with Katherine and worked out an itinerary which was tailored to the time we had and what we wanted to do and see. See further down for the itinerary and a brief summary of what we did. We found one benefits of traveling with these guys, apart from the flexibility, was that they are always with you (if you want them to be). Whenever we stopped for food Barbosa would go in first and ensure we only ever paid ‘local’ rates as opposed to the normal tourist rates. It also meant all of the travel arrangements (taxis) were sorted out for us, again at good rates. The desert guides were absolutely fantastic. Really friendly and always happy. They couldn’t do enough for you. I think I almost upset Barbosa though when I wouldn’t let him put my tent up for me.. .they wanted to pamper us! When in the desert they just make everything look so easy – living out there really is second nature to them and they just love being out there; their energy and enthusiasm is wonderous to behold. A few things about the desert that you should know about: We were in the desert 15th-19th April. It was about 35C in the day and 18C at night. They supplied sheets and blankets (both clean, they aren’t used on the camels) but you can take your own sleeping bag. We took a really thin one and just used it as a throw. They carry more bottled water than you can drink. Drink more than you think you need (I didn’t for the first few days). You really have to force it down you because your body thinks you’ve had enough – we aren’t used to being in the heat. You don’t need to take much – a couple of shirts, trousers, undies and socks. You need to take wet wipes if you want to have a wash. They are very environmentally aware – all paper has to be burnt as it doesn’t degrade in the desert. This includes toilet paper. We took a load of small paper ‘grocer’ bags to make the transporting of the paper a bit more sanitary. And on the subject of toiletry, you do have to go round a dune and dig a hole. Each day in the desert would start with a nice breakfast laid out on a blanket with cushions to sit on. You get freshly pressed orange juice, mint tea, bread (with jam, cheese triangles), fresh beanies a couple of times (sort of deep fried dough, a little like donuts). You would stop mid-morning at which point a blanket and cushions would magically appear in the shade of a tree for you to laze on while they prepare some tea to go with a plate of biscuits, nuts and figs for you to graze on. For lunch they would unload the camels (again while you laze on blanket / cushions with some tea), erect their tent and prepare your lunch. You would get freshly made salad (onion, tomato, cucumber, carrot etc), olives, freshly cooked beetroot, bread and usually something else like spicy lentils, tinned fish. Lunch would be a few hours so you got a good rest out of the sun. The evening meal would usually be quite late, so out of the heat of the day. Often a tagine (with meat for the first few days), bread, a Berber omelette, nice spicy soup, and pasta one night. It amazed me how good the food was… was more like restaurant food than camping food. Puts my camping effort to shame and I have nice expensive kit – they have no fridge and two propane burners yet you get fresh, tasty food three times a day! One night they made three loaves of bread on/in the fire so we had fresh bread for the second half of the desert trip. Each evening there would be a camp fire. The guides would often sing some songs, using water containers as drums – it didn’t seem like they were doing this for us but was rather something you would always do round a fire when in the desert. They would make lanterns out of a paper bag half filled with sand and a candle stuck in it. They taught us how to play a traditional game played on a board made of sand using twigs and stones as tokens. They didn’t play it so much after Katherine started beating them though… I think one of my best memories from the desert was not the sun, sand, scenery, but of our guides – they were just fantastic people and it was a real privilege to spend the time with them and to experience their culture. Our itinerary: Day 1: Fly out. Met at airport and taken to the Riad we had booked in the Medina in Marrakesh. I’m glad Katherine told us about Riads because they are fantastic accommodation; comfortable traditional places where you get a friendly welcome. Most will do an evening meal if you want but we met up with Katherine and the main guide, Barbosa, in the main square, Jemma El-fna, and grabbed a bite to eat in the Café France. The square is something else – a mad bustling place. The walk their from the Riad was also an experience as we went through the maze of the Souk to get there. You could easily get lost in there… I made sure my phone was well charged and used Google Maps to get around. Marrakesh felt like a really safe place, even though it can seem crowded – we had no worries when walking back to the Riad at the end of the night. Day 2: Got picked up from the Riad at 0800hrs for the journey to M’hamid. Four of us (Katherine, Barbosa, the missus and myself) got in the ‘Grand Taxi’ that had been hired for us. It seems strange getting a taxi for such a long journey but that is the norm over there. The journey wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I’d feared it might be. There was plenty to see; you go through the Atlas mountains and stop a few times for breaks and for lunch. The scenery is fantastic and there was plenty to chat about on the way. We stayed the night in an auberge – the room (well it was a standalone mud hut / appartment really) was very comfortable and the food was good. Day 3: After breakfast we met up with the camels and the two other guides (one of who, Ali, was Barbosa’s younger brother, he did all the cooking). After they loaded our stuff on the camels we were ‘issued’ with sashes (a really nice touch) and off we set, the start of the main adventure. We did about 11 miles the first day which surprised me as it didn’t seem that far. Day 4: More walking… though there was now room on one of the camels so one of us could take it easy! We did about 13 miles stopping off at idi Naji, a very old (ruined) trading post where there is also the mausoleum of an old, important Nomad leader. There are also other graves here where more important people are still buried. We camped in the sand dunes near Erg Zahar. Day 5: Got up at 0530hrs and Barbosa took us up Erg Zahar so we could catch the sunrise. It was really knackering (for us, not Barbosa!) but was well worth it – we were the only ones up there and the light / colour of the sand was fantastic as the sun came up. We headed back to camp for breakfast and then headed off for the day… we did 15 miles that day! It was at this point we realised that the pace / distance we did was really down to us…. The guides are happy to walk all day and never seem to tire (and I’m pretty sure they don’t ever sweat), we just needed to let them know we were happy doing a bit less! Day 6: We did about 4 miles... Day 7: Last day in the desert, headed back to the auberge for a welcome shower. We did about 7.5 miles. Day 8 : Headed back to Marrakesh in a Grand Taxi. Stopped about half way at a hotel – room was like a tent, glamping really I guess. From there we visited a couple of touristy places; a Kasbah and a pottery. Day 9: Back in the taxi to another Riad in Marrakesh. Spent the afternoon wandering about seeing some of the sights in town. Day 10: Met up with Katherine and Barbosa – took a Grand Taxi to Ourika where there is a pleasant walk up to a waterfall. In the evening met up for a meal in a great restaurant which had live entertainment… can’t remember the name but it’s supposed to be famous! Day 11: flight home.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Cosmopolitan674058 wrote a review Mar 2019
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Lovely people and unforgettable experience.. I recommend them well ... Thanks a lot Camp Sahara Desert tours ;)
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from Katdoodles, Team member at Camp Sahara desert tours
Responded 17 May 2019
Thank you so much for your review! We hope to welcome you to the desert again one day
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Pierre D wrote a review Mar 2019
Santiago, Chile3 contributions4 helpful votes
Abdul was a wonderful guide: preventing, respectful, funny, interesting, disposed and excellent cook. Everything was perfect, three days in the desert to the general atmosphere. If I come back to Morocco, I will call on his services again! Top+++
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from Katdoodles, Team member at Camp Sahara desert tours
Responded 17 May 2019
Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We are always happy to welcome you to the desert again
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Peter K wrote a review Mar 2019
Camden, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing trip! Ben and I only had a few days. We arrived on the evening and stayed in a beautiful bivouac only a few km away from M’hamid, sparsely surrounded by palms, where we were served a good dinner and had a great sleep in traditional mud buildings. The next morning we set off on our trek in the desert! Me, Ben, Barbossa, Hassam and three lovely camels! We quickly realised that 2 and a half hours was the limit we could walk, and stopped in a sheltered place where after unloading the three camels, our guides cooked up a meal for kings! We rested and then set off again for another 2 1/2 hour trek, and reached a more sandy part, with small dunes, where we set up camp for the night. After another glorious meal we slept under the universe of stars… We went at the beginning of February, and in the winter period be sure to bring warm clothes, as it really is freezing! However, there were extra blankets for us :-) The next day we made our way back, and had a last evening with good food and playing music next to a fire at the bivouac once again. What a memorable three days, and we always felt safe and really well looked after. I can highly recommend Camp Sahara Desert Tours!
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Katdoodles, Team member at Camp Sahara desert tours
Responded 17 May 2019
Thank you so much Peter! Hope to catch up with you soon :)
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