Camels are so lovely! They are amazingly friendly, and watching them with the camel men they act a lot like kids, trying to sneak away when they know there is work to do, or getting the camel men to chase them around in circles to stop them from getting the rope which they are attached. [...]
This may be an obvious statement, but it’s darn hot in the desert! The midday and afternoon heat is edging towards unbearable, and yet nowhere near the temperatures of the 60C expected in a mere few months; I would hate to imagine what it would be like in the summer. Overnight is cold, but not [...]
Of all sleeping arrangements, nothing beats sleeping under the stars! It’s simply starmazing! I’ve been fortunate to sleep out on a couple occations, and if you prefer like me to experience it in a more solitary environment it pays off to stop for five minutes and take in your surroundings. A quick look at what [...]
After setting up camp we all gathered round for a cup of mint tea. As we were sipping away we noticed a trade stall all setup within 20ft from us! They appear out of nowhere! It was 20 mins before someone gave in and ventured up to have a look, they soon came back with [...]
This was our first trek to camp under the stars; scarfs are the passport to the Sahara, so before we started and while the camels were being loaded up, we all made sure that we were ready for the two hour trek ahead before sundown. This was our camp for the night; We met up [...]
As if by magic, the sand dunes appear on the horizon! I’m socked by the scale of them, they appear like the same size as the mountains we have been following, towering above. I thought the change in landscape would have been a gradual affair, but the terrain seems consistent as far as the eye [...]
We’re a few hours away from Merzouga, our starting point in the desert. Have stopped off at a cafe on this sparsely populated road. It’s been the first time where we could appreciate the heat; the sun is strong but the air is the nice side of cool. It’s been a bit strange as there [...]
Poor money sitting in his cage all day long. Stopped at a roadside cafe on the way through the Atlas Mountains, and had to pay it some attention.
On our way to our hotel in Ouarzazate, a Morrocan version of Hollywood, we stopped off at Air Benhadou used in many films such as Gladiator and Indian Jones. It has a history of being a trading hub linking the west of the atlas mountains with the east. Ouarzazate
Ok, time to be honest, this is why I wanted my board! Haven’t really gone to a desert :p The amount of trucks, coaches and bikes that use these passes is quite unbelievable, with the hairpins, blind corners, sheer drops and crazy truck on truck overtaking!