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Best Desert Camps

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Best Desert Camps

Hi All

There seem to be many desert camp operators to choose from. Can anyone give details regarding the type of facilities to expect? Are there any preferred camp areas or tour operators better than any others? We were quoted a wide variety of prices (up to $135. pp/night for a deluxe tent with private bathroom and dinner). What type of services should we be looking for in an over night camp? All information is appreciated. We are traveling at the beginning of October.

Thanks much.

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1. Re: Best Desert Camps

Hi!

Generally "desert camp treks" consist of transport (camel/ 4x4) with a guide to a bunch of tents grouped together on the dunes...dinner...maybe some kind of entertainment at camp...transport back to a starting point in the morning, and maybe breakfast.

From what I've seen, this costs around 30-50Euros/pp/night.

I'm not sure what kind of sultan's tent and service you would be getting for $135/pp/night, but it had BETTER be stunningly spectacular, because that seems like a ridiculously high price for 1 night in the desert.

Do your comparitive shopping, and ask a lot of questions regarding transport and what services are being offered for the price quoted.

Good luck, as it IS an amazing experience!

Edited: 02 February 2010, 20:27
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Thanks ...my thoughts exactly. We have a choice of the night at Tomboctou Hotel or a standard tent for the same price (not through the hotel which looks very nice) but have not been able to get any details on the desert camp itself. Not going to pay for the upgrade! Traveling with Anatolia tours who has someone else look after their affairs in Morocco. Not sure who that is....

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Hi,

it is difficult to say which desert camp is best or tour operators are. Everyone will offer you approximately the same, camel trek, dinner by fire, maybe music, sleep in the tent or under sky and so ...

I personally prefer to stay on some simple camp for to have the most good feeling of to stay in the desert. One other maybe will have a luxury around. So everyone of us have own idea to stay in the desert.

There are many operators and you what you only can do is to take contact with them and ask about theirs camp, what they have to offer and then you self can choice which is best for you. It is also difficult to say which is better than the other.

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Thanks. I am hoping to go somewhere isolated and quiet.

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Is going in early november or late november for a camel/desert night better? That is the only time I can take my daughter 13.

I have done reading about this but I never get a handle on where the starting point of this exoerience is? I have stayed in fes two years ago and realized for the time I had I couldnt do this experience...NOw I MUST make it happen. I would like to travel to the farthest part by train and then be picked up. Does that determine where I go in the desert and with whom...or is it just one area to do this in? I do not need the cave home experience but did love the Monkey forest by Ilfrane and would love to go their again with a great English speaking guide. Does the Marrekesh(sp) medina have leather tanning and dye?

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If you hope to find quiet and isolated place you can find it in Khamlia, Erg Chebbi, I like this village with people there, only locals. Camel trek you can do the whole year in summer it is a little hot only.In October and November it is still warm and good time for camel trek.

You can also go by public transport, from Fes it is a bus directly to Merzouga.

If Marrakech have leather tanning and dye I don´t know. Maybe. They can do almost everything you wish I think.

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I just returned from Erg Chebbi. We stayed in a camp a 1.5 to 2 hour trek from Hassi Labied. We were a group of seven Canadians: six ladies and one teen-aged boy. We had the camp to ourselves. Three trekkers and our guide took us in--the owner of the Riad where we stayed came and helped us mount the camels. The camp was basic with an excellent dinner served, there was music and a bonfire. No toilets--we had to do it the old-fashioned way. The next morning we were escorted back to the village. We had an absolutely wonderful time. There was a tent reserved for eating--one could stand up in it--and it had sofas and pillows around the room. The tents for sleeping were the typical nomadic style. Whether it was of sultan quality is hard to judge!

A more costly outing is the off-road journey by 4X4. I suggest if someone is going to charge you a very high price that you get a desert 4X4 tour included.

We hired two 4X4s to go to Khamlia, fossil fields, tea with nomads, lunch at a distance hotel, and then back to the village to meet our camels. One of our party noted that an entire tank of gas was used during our off-road experience. The teenagers in our group loved the exhilarating experience!

Edited: 28 March 2010, 15:06
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Agree with Khamlia, in the Sahara, sometimes simpler is better (don't need a luxurious tent with running water, etc). On our tour of the Erg Chebbi, we stayed at the Auberge Sandfisch, which was a simple camp with tents, and a main dining room where they served meals. At first glance, you kind of wonder "is this it", but once we were there, we loved the place, and really felt relaxed to be on the edge of a sea of sand, surrounded by good people and good food.

-Chris