Zagora, Sahara desert experience with Camel Safaries

(Clic aquí para versión en español.) On our recent trip to Marrakech, Ali, the owner of Camel Safaries, offered that we could check out his brilliant Sahara desert camp and camel ride experience, which is part of his two-day Sahara tour (most of his tours are 3 or more days, we just did not have the time). For more about the whole tour, see our blog post here. The camel ride and overnight bivouac in the Sahara desert were the absolute highlight of our trip. We wouldn’t want to have missed it for the world, it was so much fun!    We arrived just outside the desert town of Zagora at 6:30pm (we heard that, especially in winter with its shorter days, it’s imperative for travellers to listen to their guides and be swift at some of the stop-overs along the journey from Marrakesh to Zagora as they will miss […]

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Two-day tour to the Sahara with Camel Safaries

During our visit to Marrakech we received an invite from Ali, the owner of Camel Safaries, to check out their two-day camel safari tour. Ali’s business ranks #12 of 758 tours in Marrakech on Tripadvisor, and the Zagora, Sahara desert experience was just what we were hoping for! (Clic aquí para versión en español.)    Tizi n’Tichka Pass Abdoul, our driver and guide, picked us up from our riad in Marrakech at 8:30am in a spacious and comfortable 4WD SUV.    We took the Tizi n’Tichka route. This road is Morocco’s highest mountain pass and reaches 2,260m at its peak, with snow-covered mountains topping 4,000m within view. On the other side, the road descends to the town of Ouarzazate (the name means ‘it’s ok’/’you’re welcome’), which is the gateway to the Sahara from Marrakech. The 350km journey took about 7 hours (pure driving time, not counting breaks).    The roads […]

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Riad Kalaa 2 Rabat

We enjoyed our recent stay at Riad Kalaa 2 in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Like all riads, the building doesn’t look like much from the outside: a simple three-storey wall with three small windows, shutters closed, and a door with a tiny sign and a buzzer. Once you’re inside, it’s a completely different world. This former family residence turned hotel was beautifully renovated and maintained and we loved the decorations, furniture, and other design elements. They also have a tiny but nice pool on the roof. The interior court houses the riad’s own restaurant. We only had breakfast there the following morning, but the dinner we saw some of the guests have looked top-notch from where we were standing. (It ranks #16 out of 247 restaurants in Rabat and carries a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor.) We decided to have dinner at nearby Riad Dinarjat, just 2 minutes walk away. Our […]

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Atlas Mountains Day Trip Marrakech

On our first full day in Marrakech (main post here) we did a day trip to the Atlas Mountains with a personal driver (and SUV) that was recommended to us by our riad. After one hour and forty minutes we made a quick fifteen minute stop at an argan oil store where you could watch mostly old local ladies produce expensive liquid used for food, medical, and cosmetic purposes right in front of you. Another 20 minutes later we arrived at the first of two main stops: the pretty Ourika waterfalls. The riad had suggested that no local guide was necessary at the two locations where we were stopping. They were absolutely right. The waterfalls did not carry much water during this time of year, but the narrow valley and the mountains around it are amazing.   You climb steep mountain paths along a little river, once or twice on […]

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Marrakech – Beautiful Ancient Royal City and Gate to the Sahara

We have just come back from our 5-day trip to Morocco. We arrived at beautiful Rabat on an incredibly cheap £49.00 Ryanair flight at 10pm, after a three-hour flight from London, and took a cab to our riad (a riad is a medieval town house with large interior court that has been converted into a hotel or bed&breakfast, in our view the best type of accommodation in Morocco, unless you want to splash out big on 5-star luxury hotels). We had a quick dinner, then straight to bed. The next morning, we did a bit of sightseeing and were on our four and a half hour train ride to Marrakech by lunch-time. Flying directly into Marrakech would have cost several times as much and we appreciated the opportunity to visit another Moroccan city. The train ride was comfortable, not overcrowded, and in a western-style modern train with wide seats and […]

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