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We can offer you an unforgettable experience with beautiful skies, endless shifting sands, music and freshly prepared food in our desert home…
See in the new year of 2020 in the magical Sahara desert.
Enjoy our famous hospitality and culture as we settle by the campfire for an unforgettable night together. And wake up to a new dawn in the tranquility and splendor of the Moroccan Sahara desert.
Sleeping in the quiet of the dunes, under a blanket of a thousand stars, your senses will be awakened to a different way of living, closer to nature. Share traditional songs and drumming around the campfire and enjoy a delicious meal cooked and served by your Saharaoui hosts who are all local to the area
Desert Stars New Year Tour.
29th December to 3rd January
This is an ideal time to travel in the desert especially if you find the heat difficult. The day’s become pleasantly warm after a chilly start (the sun is still strong here so don’t forget your sunblock) and the weather is usually calm and clear, bringing beautiful star filled nights. You will need to bring warm clothes for the evenings and early morning and a sleeping bag suitable for low nighttime temperatures. We can also supply additional blankets if you need them.
You can either walk or ride a camel, or a mix of both. Bring good walking boots that do not gather sand if you plan on walking a lot. (We are happy to advise about footwear etc, please don’t hesitate to ask)
Walking you will find yourself coming across ancient scraps of pottery and occasionally jewellery. And fossils too, especially Belemnites. Perfect souvenirs of your time as a nomad…
we will pick you up from your hotel/riad at 8:00am to travel down to M’hamid through the stunning scenery of the high Atlas Mountains, through Tiz-n-tichka (2260 m) passing Berber villages on your way. We will stop for a lunch break and chances to take photographs along the way. We arrive in Ouarzazate ( the city of films) then continue to Agdz( the capital of the date) and follow the ancient caravan road along the Draa valley on to Zagora. Finally arriving in M’hamid in the late afternoon where we will have dinner and spend the night in the auberge of Hamada du draa.
30th December :
After breakfast at approx 10 am the camels will be waiting just outside the auberge to take you into the desert. We will cross the dry bed of the Draa river next to the palmerie passing the old Kasbah and continue alongside the oasis and Draa River for 2 hours. We stop for lunch at the Dunes of Ahl Azizi and enjoy the peace under a large tamarisk. After a rest and relax the camel trip continues into the desert and on to Sidi Naji, where you can see the ruins of an ancient souk and the tomb of the marabout. we will then set up our wild camp for the night and you can enjoy the sunset. (Wait for the stars… Winter is the perfect time for amazing night skies here) We will serve dinner and enjoy our campfire before settling down for the night.
31st December :
We wake up with the sunrise, and after breakfast the trip continues further into desert. On the way you will get more knowledge of the nomad life in the Sahara. We arrive in place called Erg Ait Ounir for lunch.
After lunch the camels take you on for approx 2 h to Erg Douib where we set up camp for the night. After the sunset we will have local music, and you can watch the making of sand bread and eat it with dinner around a big campfire as we welcome in the New year.
After breakfast we set out once more across the desert. The rolling gait of a camel (if you enjoy riding them), makes it possible for you to relax, feel peace in your soul and get a good view of the changing landscapes of the Sahara desert. Lunch in oasis Ras Nkhal before the camels take you on to the Auberge where you can shower, relax and enjoy dinner in the gateway to the Sahara.
This morning after breakfast we drive to Ouarzazate through the Anti Atlas, visiting the famous potteries of Tamegroute on the way. We arrive in the late afternoon to our hotel which sits on a rise giving beautiful views of the sunset across the Anti Atlas.
After breakfast we will take you to visit the magnificent Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the best preserved and most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. The Kasbah is also famous as a site for production of historical films. After our visit we head to Marrakech passing again through the beautiful mountains. We will drop you off in your hotel/riad in the afternoon. (Or possibly at the airport if you are flying out that night)
-Water except water during the drive to Mhamid and back to Marrakech.
-2 nights in the auberge in M’hamid,
-2 night in desert
-1 night in the hotel in Ouarzazate.
-visit to Ait Ben Haddou and Tamegroute pottery
What’s not included:
-flights and accommodation in Marrakech ( but we can recommend some good Riads if you need help)
-Water for the trip from Marrakech to M’hamid and from M’hamid to Marrakech
Please contact us for details of how to arrange your trip at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some useful hints and tips for travelling in the desert in winter.
Although the Sun is always warm in the Sahara (and pretty much always out) once it sets at night it can get cold so bring warm clothes for the evenings and something warm to sleep in.
Also bring some robust footwear, if you decide camel riding is not for you, it is not too hot to walk during the day in December but the terrain can be stony (not all desert is imposing sand dunes) and there are a number of spiky things that can catch you out if you are not as tough footed as the Saharaoui!
If you are camel riding, a small but well padded cushion is a great thing to shove under you once you are on, I have found mine a godsend! (Picture below 😉)