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“Great time with Dunesline Tour”
Review of Moroccan Sahara

Moroccan Sahara
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3-Day Guided Desert Tour from Fez to Marrakech
Ranked #25 of 681 things to do in Morocco
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Owner description: The largest desert in the world, extending between 800 and 1,200 miles and at least 3,000 miles from east to west, covers one-fourth the area of Africa including the lands of Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
Reviewed 26 September 2010

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!

6  Thank vcl77
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

Have just returned from a guided tour from Zbar travel of the morrocan sahara.
An excellent company who always went the extra mile.
The sahara itself is peaceful, fascinating.
Stayed inn bivouacs which catered for tourists offering them morrocan cuisine..

Would definitely return.

5  Thank trenchy66cardiff
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

We are a mid thirties couple from Australia who are on a 7 month trip covering just about every continent. We are both experienced travellers who have travelled solo and as part of tours.

I decided to write this review to share the experience we had in selecting a Sahara tour in Morocco and our experience of the tour itself. I decided to spend the time in the hope it may help others in doing what we did as we personally found it a rather difficult and stressful experience trying to decifer and select a company to use in the face of no previous experience in Morocco, many choices, having read some bad stories from other travellers and lots of misinformation. We ended up chosing a local company called Dune Lines ( google Dunelines Sahara and their site comes up) and had a fantastic trip.

Our goal was to chose a company that would first and foremost would be trustworthy & safe as well as (heard a few dodgy stories) provide good accomodation, at the right price, ideally local but also maximise our experience in this amasing country. We had one extra requirement which is we wanted to start in Marrakesh, experience the Burber country, stay in the Sahara and on the fourth day be dropped off in Fes.

We started contacting companies before we got to Morocco and got some mixed responses. I do not want to critisise other companies but overall we found Dunelines responsive, flexible in meeting our needs, easy to communicate with and at what we considered was a reasonable price. After the initial contact we kept communicating with few companies we shortlisted as we were a little apprehensive and had lots of questions about whats included in the price, quality of car, accomodation and so on. Siad from DuneLines was very responsive, communicated clearly and answered all the questions we had to our satisfaction. Ultimately we decided to go with Dunelines despite reading 1 bad review about an American mans experience with them. I think every experience is always based on people involved and expecations.

So, once we took off from Marrakesh in a very well maintained Toyota Prada. Our apprehenssions were quickly disspelled and we found Siad & Ibrahim to be very very professional, honest, knowledgable, approachable and charming. I think we were very lucky to meet two such great guys as our guides (Siad) and driver (Ibrahim).

Siad was able to answer all of our questions of which there were many. His English was excellent, he even threw in "no worried mate" everynow and then. He also took time to ensure we were comfortable and everything was ok. For example he would check that airconditioning and bathrooms all worked in every place we stayed in. Besides for just driving us around, Siad explained aspects of traditions, history, culture and nature to us that made the trip so much more insightful and enjoyable.

Ibrahim was a great driver, very calm and patience which was exactly whats required on the crazy Moroccan roads. He didn't speak English but always made an effort to be friendly & helpful. Siad was also able to translate for us whenever we needed to converse.

All the rooms we stayed in were in line with our expectations (2 to 3 star). They weren't 5 star but thats not what we paid for or expected. They were basic but very clean with with suite bathrooms, air con and hotwater. Food was ok also, mainly in tourist friendly restaurant.

What we enjoyed the most on our trip was that as well as following the very well trodden path to the Sahara, the guys gave us opportunities to interact with locals and get behind the scenes. For example Siad took us to meet his own family who were staying in a nearby vilage nd we sat drinking mint tea with his nephews which we really enjoyed. Also we went off road to visit a goat farmer and his family who live in a cave.

Overall we had a great trip. I am sure there are other good companies and great guides out there but our experience with DuneLines was a very positive one and I would definitely recommend them to others, particularly if you can get Said as your guide.

Good luck and happy, safe travels.

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