Not going to lie here, we were both giddy with excitement that we would be visiting the Sahara. Riding camels in the Sahara was something we had always dreamed of, and we kind of have a thing for sand dunes… so we were stoked to be visiting the Sahara Desert when we went to Morocco.
We did our camel trek straight away, and while we were out in the sands of the Sahara, we both agreed we needed more time to really take this place in. The beauty of the desert is just unreal. So we booked a couple nights in the town of the Merzouga with nothing planned other than soaking in the Sahara a bit more.
We spent the next few days running around the sands of the Sahara, picked the windiest day to hike up to the top of Merzouga Dune, and chased down some camel tours heading out at sunset. This is a photo journal of visiting the Sahara Desert. And as always, we couldn’t leave out some travel tips for the Sahara… you can find those at the bottom of this post!
Leaving the Sahara Desert
FEZ || If you’re traveling towards Fez after Merzouga, the bus leaves at 19:00. This means the day you check out of your accommodation you actually get the entire day in the desert too!
MARRAKECH || If you’re traveling towards Marrakech, the bus leaves early in the morning (I think at 7:00am), meaning the day you leave you won’t get any extra time in the desert.
Where to Stay in the Sahara Desert (Merzouga)
We recommend using AirBnB when booking places all throughout Morocco, and Merzouga is no different. You pay through AirBnB, so there’s no bargaining prices or dealing with money with your host – and you can use your credit card to earn free stuff! Holla!
And…not only do you not have to deal with money, if you book an AirBnB with a kitchen, you can cook your own food too! There are shops in the town to buy produce and groceries and you can easily eat for less than 2 USD per day when cooking your own meals!
If you’re new to AirBnB, you can use this code to sign up for a nice little discount on your first stay – and you give us travel credit too – just for using the code!!
Recommended Gear for Visiting the Sahara Desert
We always travel with this backpack. It doesn’t really look like a backpacker’s bag, has so many compartments to store and hide your belongings, and the zippers can connect to each other making it difficult for someone to just unzip the bag while you’re walking around.
Camera Set Up:
It’s actually safe to drink the water in Morocco, though you can buy water for extremely cheap prices if you buy the big bottles, and it tastes a bit better. Buying a big bottle and then refilling this water bottle each time you leave your accommodation will save you some cash! And the best part is, this bottle keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 6 hours – so your water will stay cold all day, or you could fill it with hot Moroccan tea to go!
Visiting the Sahara Desert was such a dream!! We hope these photos share a little bit of that dream come true with you! We can’t seem to pick a favorite photo.. hence why there are so many of them!! haha.. So we’re dying to know, if you had to pick a favorite, which one would it be!?
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