Day 3: SAHARA DESERT MERZOUGA – OUARZAZATE
Jordyn and I woke up early to watch the sunrise. We crawled out of our tents into the cold desert and waited in the dark for the sun to rise. There are really no words to describe the site of the sun rising over an endless sea of sand.
After breakfast, we rode camels back to Merzouga. Do you ever have those moments in life when you just cannot believe where you are? I had that feeling while I was riding the camel. I’ve seen countless photos of this same experience but I never thought I would be able to do it. It’s those moments in life when you want to take a mental snapshot of everything you see, hear, smell, feel and that no photo can do the place justice. How many times in your life have you felt this way?
I love going to local markets because there is no better way to feel the pulse of a place than through the markets. The one in Risanni was no different. The traditional souk is considered the largest in Southern Morocco. They sell everything from food, clothes, sheep, to household products. The souk was bustling, hectic, a shock to the senses; especially sight and smell. This souk was my favorite experience because it truly felt like a local one. It wasn’t diluted to tourists’ tastes by selling instagrammable food. It was raw and real. Looking around, we were the only foreigners there.
That night, we stayed at Dar Chamaa, in Ouarzazate, which means house of candles. It’s always such a shame that we only get to stay at these riads for one night because they have all been beautiful destinations.
Day 4: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH
After breakfast, we went to the UNESCO world heritage site, Ait Ben Haddou, a traditional mud brick city on the route from the Sahara to Marrakech. It’s famous because of all the movies shot here. I started geeking out because this is the place where they filmed the Mhysa scene from Game of Thrones.
After lunch, we went to Telouet Kasbah, an old Kasbah. To be honest, after Ait Ben Haddou, I was over the Kasbahs and reluctant to go to another one. Othman and Mohamed insisted we go because the interior is not to be missed. They were right. You would probably just drive by the crumbling exterior of the kasbah but inside, there’s a room with intricate mosaics and wood carvings that are similar to the ones from Bahia Palace in Marrakech.
We drove back to Marrakech in a somber mood because our epic road trip was coming to an end. I never thought I would be able to go to the Sahara Desert; let alone with the most kind, knowledgeable and fun guides. I can safely say that I not only had the time of my life on this trip but I learned a lot about the Berber and Moroccan cultures. I now have a deep appreciation and love for Morocco and it was largely due to the attention and detail that the Morocco Holiday Packages Tour guides put in. This is a tour I would personally pay for and suggest to all of my friends, family and you, my community. Book your 2018 bucket list trip now!
This tour has a 2 person minimum and is 485€ per person
What is included?
- Private A/C vehicle SUV or minivan
- Private excursion
- English speaking driver/guide
- Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
- Free time to explore sites such as Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, walks, photo stops, etc …
- Two nights in Hotel/Kasbah with bathroom – A/C, breakfast and dinner
- One Night in Glamping Tent in the dunes of Erg Chebbi Merzouga, dinner and breakfast
- Camel ride (1 hour) for seeing the sunset and sunrise (One camel per person)
- Excursion in 4 × 4 to visit the nomads of the desert and the dunes of Erg Chebbi
- Fees of stay
- Local Taxes
What is not included?
- Superior accommodation