The Sahara Desert
Hey, thanks for joining me on this whirlwind tour of Morocco, which is taken from my own trip back in 2008. Last post we took a look around the busy cities and Medinas, so this time we’ll head out to somewhere a lot more quiet, and see one of the greatest natural wonders of the world – the Sahara Desert. I say this because the desert in like a huge brown orange canvas whose textures, shapes and patterns change every time the wind blows, and is truly one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Being an adventure traveler, the main reason I chose this particular trip was because it promised a night sleeping in a Berber Tent in the Sahara which I thought would be a really cool experience, and when it actually happened, I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
What’s “Berber” you may be asking? Good question, and one I asked myself when in Morocco; Berber is an ethnicity, and most Moroccans are of Arab, Berber or mixed Arab-Berber decent, with a significant minority are Niger-Congo people. Pretty much everyone we ran into on our journey was Berber, and in fact, our tour guide was of Berber decent, with a Berber name. (Aghilas? Amazigh?; I’m not sure since we just called him “Al”) One thing that was really cool was that was that Al dressed in traditional Berber clothing, and wore it for the two days that this trek into the desert took; this was all so we (we being the tourists) would get a sense of what Morocco might have looked like centuries ago, when travellers roamed the deserts on their camels on route, to the cites where they would trade goods. The overnight journey was truly an assault on all the senses, and something I’d highly recommend everyone does once in their life.
Here’s a brief view of a few of the incredible sights of the Moroccan Sahara…
Okay, so that’s my Sahara Adventure, and it’s something that I’d highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a unique experience they’ll never forget. The sense of peace, quiet and vast wide open spaces is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, and is simply incredible. And just so you know there’s more to the desert than just the wee bit I showed you, here’s a cool photo of an abandoned Fortress Style Kasbah (Ben Haddou) which unlike the Sahara, is surrounded with lush green trees and river valleys… what a country!
Up Next: My final post of my tour through “Marvellous Morocco” which will focus on two of my favourite indulgences from the country; the busy, colourful markets and the incredible foods both in and out of them! Plus a rare photo of the “Crazed Dancing Tourist”, not to be missed! Until then, a question…
Have you ever been in a natural environment that was absolutely 100% without sound like the desert? Or have you endured hours on a camel? If so, what were your experiences? If not, do these ideas sound appealing to you? Let us know in the comments below!