Zagora Camel Trek
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Zagora Camel Trek Reviews
Zagora Camel Trek and Overnight in the Desert Dec 06, 2014
The trek was billed as a two day one night camel trek and overnight camp in the desert.
It was a six hour drive from Marrakech; firstly through he hustle and bustle of El fina square, then into the city suburbs and out into the old world rural Morocco of donkey carts, garden wells and traditionally dressed women.
Almond groves and argan orchards gave way to the harsh, arid, landscape of the high atlas pass with its tiny mud-walled villages clinging to the hillsides.
Then, through the mountains, we descended into the open desert plains, with the occasional palm-wreathed oasis dotted here and there amongst the dunes.
We arrived at Zagora as dusk fell and transferred to camels for a trek to our desert camp. The sunset was brief, followed by a night sky, which, without light pollution, looked like a million diamonds had been scattered across a black velvet ribbon.
Our destination, a horseshoe of tents, was functional and basic, with mattresses strewn on the floor and thick blankets available to ward off the night time chill. And it was cold; I slept fully clothed and still needed by swaddle of blankets to keep me warm. (Take a light sleeping bag if you can!)
Dawn rose serene and clear; gold first silhouetting the distant hills, flushing the night sky with light and then suffusing the sand dunes with a blush-pink hue.
After al fresco breakfast we once more mounted our camels and headed back to our waiting van and driver and entered the 20th centuary once more.
The cost was 60 Euros and I think for what was included (hotel pickup, transport, guides, camels, overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast) it was excellent value for money.
I would recommend it for those with two full days to spare, who want a no frills, value for money, desert experience.
NB. Be sure to take what you need for overnight on the camel though as luggage is not delivered to the camp for you.
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