We did our drive from Fez to Merzouga over two days, stopping in Midelt overnight. The roads are single lane with no guard rails and you are going over mountain ranges with the constant need to overtake slow going cars and trucks, where visibility is minimal and this makes driving dangerous.
After arriving in Merzouga we were all starving and so we stopped at Cafe Nora for a Berber pizza, before going to our hotel for a short break before our sunset camel ride.
We organised our camel ride through the hotel we were staying at, La Vallee des Dunes. Our camels and guide met us across the road from the hotel at about 5 pm and then we headed into the Erg Chebbi dunes which is part of the Sahara Desert.
Our guide was lovely and treated the camels well. Ava’s camel kept creeping closer to me so I would rub her head as we were riding and Max’s camel did the same with Ava, which I think was a good sign that they are treated well. The guide asked for my camera and took photos of all of us on the camels, which I really appreciated. It is actually quite hard being in the lead and trying to take photos behind you, while moving.
After riding for about 45 minutes we stopped at the base of a dune for the sunset. We left the camels and our guide recovering, while we climbed up the large dune. I have to say it gave me a real appreciation for the guide, because I didn’t realise how bloody hard it is to walk in the sand. When Andrew and I finally reached the top, well after the kids, we just sat down and admired the dunes until the sunset.
After the sunset we rode back to the hotel admiring the final light over the desert. We chose not to stay in the desert and we were thankful, as it was freezing cold.