Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sahara Desert, Morocco

52 days to Timbuktu 

I spent a lot of time in the bathrooms of Morocco . . . taking pictures. This is one of my favorites. Our Sahara 'camping' experience was in the enormous dunes at Erg Chebbi (near Merzouga).  We traveled by 4 x 4 to a remote Berber camp surrounded by cinnamon dunes as far as you can see. It is 30 miles to Algeria and 1000 miles to Timbuktu: but only by camel. The tent encampment was something out of 1001 Arabian Nights, with a blazing fire in the sand surrounded by cushions and Berber carpets.  We had the place to ourselves! SWEET. There were 10 foot walls of hanging tapestries and a ceiling of stars. After being regaled with dancing, music and a feast fit for a sultan, we went for a night hike into the dunes--without doubt the darkest night sky I've ever experienced.

Sahara Sunrise - December 2011

Nobody could expect bathroom facilities like this in each sleeping tent; each had a private toilet and shower.  There had to be about 10 inches of blankets on each of the beds, and you needed them all.  We were up before dawn for a camel caravan to watch the sunrise.

This is a place that can seriously pull you back. I wish our stay had been longer, and that I could have figured out a way to photograph the stars. If your 'bucket list' doesn't contain a sunrise camel train in the Sahara (after a night of 4-alarm gluttony in a tent palace in the middle of nowhere) it needs some modification.  


  1. The night of desert is cold and very perfect for campfire it is my dream to plan campfire with my friends in Sahara. once we have did campfire in Thar Desert now i want some new place. if you have not seen Thar Desert go and get Thar Desert to explore new world.

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