After extensive research, we finally booked our 3 day desert tour at the beginning of September with Duneslines. We were a bit apprehensive at first because of the lack of information and reviews about this tour company on the internet but everything was fantastic and we're glad we booked them. They responded to emails promptly and were very flexible.
Said and Hamid picked us up bright and early in Marrakech in a perfectly maintained Land Cruiser. Said spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the areas that we traveled through. Both were very polite and professional. They would stop at points of interest and would explain to us the significance of the area that we were in. During the long car rides, they would often check to make sure that we were doing okay or offer a break to stretch our legs. Whenever they noticed us taking photos from the car, they would often offer to stop the car so we could take proper pictures.
They took us over the Atlas Mountains and we spent the night in the Dades Gorge. The hotel was basic but was very clean. The next morning, we stopped at the spectacular Todra Gorge where we had the chance to get out and walk through the gorge. At mid-day, we stopped for a tour inside a 300 year old kasbah. Our final destination for the day was Merzouga. Even though we were spending the night in the Erg Chebbi dunes, a hotel room was arranged for us to leave our packs and to shower. This was greatly appreciated! We had requested that our tour include some time to sandboard in the dunes and the rental of the boards and boots were arranged by Said. After sandboarding, we were handed over to Hakim, our guide for the evening that took us into the desert. There were no other tourists booked for the trek so it was just the 3 of us. The camels were saddled up and we rode for about an hour into the desert and it was dark by the time we made it to the camp. The tent had no roof so it was a pleasure to lie down in the bed and stare up at the million of stars in the sky. Hakim is a very funny guy and we had a very enjoyable evening talking to him and learning how to play the drums. We woke up the next morning and watched the sun rise over the desert. After the sun came up, we had to make our way back to the hotel before it got too hot and it was starting to get very warm at 7am. Back at the hotel, Said gave us enough time to shower and have breakfast before our 8 hour car ride back to Marrakech.
We had a wonderful time and the desert tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to Morocco. Highly recommended!
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