|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.