If you are an adventure seeker Morocco desert tours are something you definitely should try. Camel trekking tours in desert wilderness are a unique opportunity to taste a different way of life, a kind of life you had no idea about.
Riding a camel is quite different from riding a horse. This amazingly gentle animal and exotic surroundings will guarantee an unforgettable experience. Alternatively you may choose 4×4 adventure safaris, or perhaps you may wish to try both.
When choosing Morocco desert tours destination you generally have two options – Erg Chebbi, an area in North Eastern Morocco near Algerian border, or Moroccan Western Sahara.
Erg Chebbi Desert Tours
Erg Chebbi is one the most photographed places in the world. Its beautiful orange sand dunes make it a popular destination for desert hikes, camel trekking tours, and 4×4 desert adventure safaris.
Erg Chebbi sand peaks may reach as high as 500 feet in some places. Especially beautiful in sunset, Erg Chebbi is an iconic image of the desert. You have probably seen Erg Chebbi in numerous film shots done here. Among them is March or Die with Gene Hackman, and The Mummy with Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser.
Erg Chebbi sand dunes are also easier to access than some other desert tours destinations. It can be accessed from Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, Tanger (or Tangier), Agadir, and Ouarzazate. If you are coming from one of these cities plan for at least 3-5 days to break your journey each way. If you prefer to stay near Erg Chebbi, look for a hotel or other way of accommodation in Erfud.
Camel Treks in Western Sahara
This part of Sahara is pretty far from such popular tourist destinations as Marrakesh, Rabat, and Casablanca, but if you are staying somewhere closer to the southern part of Morocco (coastal cities of Laayoune or Dakhla) this is definitely a better option for you.
Your desert adventure could be as short as a few hours ride or as long as several days with one or two nights under starry skies of the Sahara (you will have to sleep in a tent). Many hotels offer organized desert tours but shop around and look for a best deal.