The History of Camel Trekking in Sahara:
Camel Trekking in Sahara or camels on general have a great historical importance due to their role in the trade and transport of goods among the African tribes. Since they have been used mainly in desert areas, where group travel allowed for self-defence and defence against bandits. Camels or “The Ship of the Desert” are native to several deserts in the world, primarily the Sahara Desert in Africa. To live in their native deserts, camels rely on their physical assets to help cope with extreme physical conditions.
Historically speaking, A desert trek on the mythical route taken by camel caravans through the Sahara until the end of the 19th century between Marrakech and Timbuktu. Consisting of thousands of dromedaries, they crossed the mountains of the Atlas, then the Sahara between the southern Moroccan and Timbuktu. Two months of walking to cross 2,000 kilometers of desert following the water points of the oases.
This activity you will experience it with us, Camel trekking or Riding camels in Moroccan desert and spending a night under traditional tents of Berbers is one of the activities you can enjoy with us at Travel At Morocco agency. We recommend to our tourists a camel trekking in the Sahara desert in various offers as the following:
1st: Camel Trekking & Night in Desert of: Erg Chebbi in Merzouga and/or Erg Chegaga in Zagora:
This trip begins in the evening, you will ride your camels from the hotel in Merzouga or Zagora towards the bivouacs or berber tents which are to be located behind the Golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga. The trek will start right into the desert for 1:30min. you will spend the night in an equipped camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara Desert. This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of both the sunset and sunrise. When you arrive at the camp you walk to the high dunes to see the sunset. It will be a magical night when the sky is clear of cover and stars sparkle and shine with intensity. During the night, there will be a wonderful dinner around a campfire, traditional music and drumming, excellent cuisine and sleeping in the desert beneath a stunning canopy of stars in our traditional nomadic camp. Early morning your camel man will wake you up to enjoy magical view of sunrise as well as you can take picture of this captivating view of the Golden sand dunes. After having breakfast, you will ride your camels again back to your hotel in Merzouga or Zagora.
In this trip, “Travel At Morocco” agency offers to you several days Camel Trekking tour. These days tour will be accordingly to your choice. When you take a tour from Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fes or from any place in Morocco to the Erg Chegaga dunes, or even you come by a rental car or in public transportation to Zagora and you intend to experience such unforgettable experience we offer you this opportunity to enjoy a long camel trekking trip from M`hamid El Ghizlane to Erg Chegaga, with just camels and no car transportation. The camels will be packed with foods, blankets and everything else which we will need. And you will be accompanied with a guide or a camel man. You will spend number of days, according to how many days you prefer, riding camels in the deep desert of Erg Chegaga dunes, and overnights in tents which will be set by your guide. During the nights you will have a delicious dinner with Berber drums music under the clear sky and stars.
And because of the desert climate we recommend you the best period to enjoy this long trip, which is from September to May, so as you can avoid the heart of the summer.
3 rd: SUNSET CAMEL TREKKING TOUR:
The Sunset tour begins around 5:30 pm; it takes 30 meters to reach the dunes. Once we do we’ll continue by foot for about 80 meters to reach the highest dune of Merzouga desert. It takes an extra 10 minutes for a panoramic view. If you prefer not to hike up the higher dunes, the area around the camel “station” is perfect for enjoying the sunset. This tour includes a stop at the garden, where you will have a short explanation about the canal system, before returning to the village.
4 rd: SUNRISE CAMEL TREKING TOUR:
The Sunrise Tour starts early in the morning and takes around ½ hour to reach the highest dune of Merzouga desert. This tour includes a visit to the desert garden on the way back.
Camel Trek with “Travel At Morocco” is an experience that you will never forget and one which we hope will bring something unique to your adventure. So, if you wish to enjoy camel Trekking activity, just book your preferred tour in our listed desert tours. And even you come by a rental car or the public transportation to Merzouga and you intend to experience such unforgettable experience, you just contact us, we will direct you to the starting point of dromedary riding.