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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We spent a night in the Sahara as part of our tour with Merzouga Experience and Hsain. The camel ride was exciting but prepared that it is long. Close to 2 hours. It's worth doing but the you do get uncomfortable after a while. Make sure you put sunscreen on your left leg/feet as it gets a lot of sun!

The dinner was really good and we slept outside under the stars. We were given sheets and a blanket just in case it got cold but the sheet was enough. After dinner we climbed up one of the dunes near by and enjoyed the view from the top of the dunes. It was an amazing experience!

Some of the other reviews mentions a toilet. We did not have a toilet, you just find a private spot to go. We had toilet paper and wet wipes and water for rising our hands so it was fine.

In the morning you leave after watching the sunrise. I would recommend leaving as soon as you can after sunrise as it gets hot quickly. We were the first to leave and we couldn't see anyone else behind us the whole way but it was already 37 degrees by the time we got back!

Take some rose oil or tea tree oil with you as I was bitten by sandfiles overnight. The price you pay for sleeping outside but it is worth it!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank f44444444f
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We started our desert camp at 7pm and made it just in time to watch the sunset from one of the high dunes. The camels they used were very friendly and calm (not like the camels I've seen elsewhere in the world) which made the ride relaxing.

When we got to the camp, I was pleasantly surprised. For full disclosure, I am used to nice hotels and A/C (camping is not my idea of fun) and given that it was really hot the day we went, I was worried I would see the camp and have to request to go back to a hotel! Fortunately, the camp was really cute and authentic. There were 6-8 tents, carpet laid out in the center of the tents to make a small "communal" area, a table, and cushions for everyone to sit on. Candles were lit and there were even a couple of lights and a tent with a toilet for all to use.

About the toilet...I was worried we were going to get a port-o-potty but it was actually a porcelain toilet and you even get toilet paper! The only thing missing now was a shower! :) I don't think any of the camps offer showers though, but it's only one night so it's not a big deal.

We got dinner at 10 or 11pm so I'd recommend you get a snack beforehand if you can't wait that long. BUT the dinner was really good! We got bread, chicken tangine with veggies, and fruit for dessert. I've had tangine about 3-4 days in a row by then and the chicken tangine was up there with the best I've had so far. During dinner, the host keeps asking if everything is good and really wants to make sure you're having a good time.

As for the weather, I went in late May so it was getting hot in Morocco. Luckily, it cooled off a bit at night so that made the concern about A/C a non-issue.

As for the tents themselves, my tent had a bed for two and even a "couch" (cushion sitting area with pillows) and table so it was definitely roomier than I'd expect. It was also carpeted throughout which gives it a "homier" feel. The tent was a step up from what I'd expect to get going camping.

We left at 5:30am to catch the sunrise so given the late dinner, we didn't get much sleep, but the light in the morning is great for photos so it makes waking up at 5am worth it.... and this is coming from someone who usually needs 7-8hrs of sleep and is grumpy without it.

In all, the desert camp was better than I thought it'd be and a good experience for anyone who is at all slightly interested. As an note, they have a couple of camps. I chose the one with toilets which I heard is more comfy. I thought it was worth the extra money.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We spent one night at the Bivouac as part of a three night trip with Hassan and Merzouga Experience and it was a real highlight.

I almost don't want to spoil the surprise of how good the camp was, so let's just say it was more like "glamping" then camping!!

The camel ride was just the right length - not too short, not too long, with stops on the way to watch the sun set and the sun rise (all perfectly timed!)

The Tajine was the best we had in Morocco (thanks Yussuf!) - so flavoursome! And most importantly, there was plenty of it - I would have hated to be left hungry in the desert!

With full bellies, we could then simply lie back in comfort to contemplate the vastness of the desert and the beauty of the stars - truly amazing.

Finally, Hassan really made the experience - he was really good fun and with bags of energy! Can't recommend him and the whole experience enough. Enjoy! : )

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled with family
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Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
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