Merzouga Travel Blog› entry 11 of 27 › view all entries
We booked ourselves on a tour (Sahara Expeditions) - after being almost ripped off on another one, which we quickly cancelled. We joined about 11 others - Australians, Japanese and Canadians and headed off to the Todras Gorge, which is a beautiful steep valley, with a burbling stream, fed by a spring. Amidst the desert landscape, it is an amazing sight.
We continued on to Erfoud where our bus (an old, ordinary bus) left the road, and headed out to the Sahara Desert over the sand and rocks - very bumpy!
Once there, we boarded our camels (rather nervously after our experience through city streets in Cairo on starved camels a couple of years ago) and headed to the Berber camp, which was our home for the night. It turned out to be a peaceful way to travel, and not too uncomfortable (Campbell disagrees but he has less padding). We climbed up (on foot) the sand dune - which turned out to be 100m vertical climb, for a fabulous view of the sand dunes as the sunset, before returning to the camp for another tajine dinner. To our surpise, we discovered a lunar eclipse was happening. What had been a very bright full moon lighting our campsite, was gradually completely covered to reveal the most numerous and brightest stars we have ever seen. It was magical.
Next day, we were back on the camels at sunrise, and heading back for the big city of Marrakesh (11 hour bus trip...).