06.04.2015 - 07.04.2015
Bucket list stuff! That was how much I enjoyed my night in the Sahara desert. From the moment I first spotted the huge sand dunes on the horizon to the time we departed I was absolutely transfixed my this magical place. As we approached the Sahara I asked our guide if I should take runners or sandals for the overnight stay. It was up to me but if I took sandals to ensure I had a torch so I could look out for scorpions in the night. Runners it was then! Once our mini bus pulled up at its final destination for the day we had the obligatory Moroccan mint tea, then we climbed aboard our individual Dromedary for a scenic 90 minutes trek across the sand dunes to our desert berber camp for the night. The largest dune, Erg Chebbi, is over 200m high and it was not long before I as huffing & puffing my way up to the ridge line then along it onto the top of the dune. The trip down was much quicker and much much more fun After sunset our berber hosts put on the best Tangine meal I have had in Morocco so far. Fully sated I moved away from the camp lights to watch the millions of stars slowly appear one by one in the darkening sky. Soon we were around a campfire being entertained by the Berber hosts playing their bongo drums. Most people soon retired for the night but the 4 of us who remained enjoyed the spectacle of a full moon slowly rise from behind a sand dune whilst listening to 'Bas Moon Rising' by Credence Clearwater Revival. Pure magic. I soon turned in for the night but it was not long before I was up again watching sunrise over the same dune the full moon and appeared only a few hours earlier. It was then back on the camels for the trek out and breakfast. The rest of the day was spent in the mini bus as we completed the long drive to Todra Gorge.