It starts with a head scarf
One of the first things you might notice about this post is how I’m dressed like an Arabian princess… well sort of. I’m not taking any credit for the scarf tying; my trusty guide, Mo, from Intrepid Tours needs the credit, and as he told me, “Everyone needs a head scarf in the Sahara Desert, it’s traditional, and the pictures will look much better.” So I was convinced it was a great idea and I think you’ll agree it was. This is the traditional Berber style of turban scarf tying, but I’m told there’s a few different ways the locals do it. It’s cool, comfortable, keeps the sun off your face, and makes your eye pop! What’s not to love?
And off we go!
The journey is all about the camel ride
We trekked by camel for about an hour over the dunes until we arrived at our campsite. It may not be the most comfortable journey you’ll ever have, but it is worth every forwards and backwards dip. It’s also a great workout for your thighs, because believe me you grip that saddle with dear life.
It’s all about the colour of the desert
The colours of the dunes are honestly memorising and change with the sun and the shadows almost by the minute. It’s breath taking watching the colours change and the sand is so fine it feels more like dust than the beach sand that I’m used to.
It always amazed me how there are these palm trees that pop up in the middle of what seems like nowhere.
Twirls by the campsite.
The Sun Set
Once the sun was setting, the ultimate place for pics was high on the nearby dunes, so we set off for the ultimate sunset pics.
It’s hard to explain just how beautiful the natural light is over looking the desert while the sun was setting but these pics might show a glimpse of what I could see. Absolutely no filter needed, this is just gorgeous warm light from the sun and the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen not near an ocean.
Friendship travel goals
Our group of chatty girls that had hardly stopped talking the whole time we were on the camels were silenced by the magnificent views. We felt like we were the only ones in the world, and the friendship bonds were once again strengthened by remembering how lucky we are to get to travel to these wonderful places in the world. Once again, we’d made amazing travel memories that will last a lifetime.
After the sun set, we were treated to a traditional feast, with lots of music and dancing with the locals. I had my turn playing the drums, and surprisingly I can still hold a beat. We all danced, laughed and had so much fun that topped off a special day.
Our camp sites were not glamping or considered luxury accomodation, but they were very warm, comfortable and we even had running water and flushing toilets so we were very impressed with our surroundings.
Camel rides to watch the sunrise
We woke early in the dark to once again get back on our camels and catch the first rays of the sunrise by camelback. And once again we were all in awe of this beautiful world and how humble it makes you feel to watch mother nature in her element.
And off were once again to hit the road for the next part of our Morrocan adventure.
It was a magical experience and one I’ll always remember.