If there is one thing I ever convince you to add to your bucket list, I hope this is it. I don’t want to sound dramatic, but spending two nights glamping in the Sahara Desert was one of the most magical things I’ve ever done. Think watching sunrise over the dunes, eating lazy breakfast spreads on gorgeous Moroccan carpets, riding camels into the sunset and sitting around a fire spotting shooting stars…
Glamping in the Sahara Desert
What to take
Because we decided to glamp rather than camp we didn’t need to bring anything too different to what we would ordinarily pack for travel. But keep in mind that if you are visiting during the winter months (November – February) it can get very cold at night. So make sure you pack a warm sweater, jacket, scarf, beanie and pyjamas. However if you are traveling in the peak of Summer (June – September) it gets extremely hot. Light cotton clothing, sun screen, swimmers, a hat and sunglasses are essential.
If you are concerned about scorpions you will also want to bring closed in shoes to wear. Yes – one of my friends did get stung by a scorpion while we were there and needed to get an anti venom injection (thankfully she was ok and our camp handled the situation very well). However, we were told this was a very rare occurrence, and that even people who have lived in the Sahara their whole life had only ever been stung once or twice.
We also packed a torch which came in very handy if we needed to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. The tents are very dark and the light switch was near the door.
If you want to see my entire packing list you can find it here.
How to get there
It is possible to drive yourself to Merzouga (an area of the Sahara in Morocco), however because it is such a long drive and requires some 4×4 navigation through the sandy dunes we decided to go with a private driver. We left from Marrakech and the drive took about 10 hours – I told you it was long!
After experiencing the long journey I would recommend hiring a driver (which most of the camps offer), however the other options are:
- Drive all the way in a 4×4
- Drive in a regular car to a meeting point in Merzouga and go with a guide the rest of the way
- Hire a driver (private and small group options are available)
- Catch public transport (bus) from Marrakech or Fez
- Fly into Errachidia (ERH) Airport, which is only 40 minutes away from the Sahara camps (a good option if you get car sick)
Something we loved about the drive was going over the snow capped Atlas Mountains, which looked surreal against the African landscapes.
How long to stay
The most popular options for doing this trip are one, two or three nights. We opted for two nights glamping in the Sahara, which gave us one full day in the desert. After doing the 10 hour drive the first day I can’t imagine having to drive back the very next day, so I would recommend doing at least two nights. That way you also get to see the desert during the day.
Where to stay
There are over 100 different camps to choose from in Merzouga so the options are wide and varied! After seeing some amazing photos on Instagram and Pinterest (where I get 99% of my travel inspiration), we decided to go with the Kam Kam Dunes camp. The staff at the camp couldn’t have been more accommodating if they had tried. The facilities were also wonderful, our tents even had flushable toilets and hot running water for the shower! Two other camps that we considered were Scarabeo Camp and Desert Luxury Camp – I’ve heard good things about both!
What to do
Watch the Sun Rise
You are probably only going to be in the Sahara once, so make sure you get up early and watch the sunrise over the dunes – I promise it’s worth it! When we were there sunrise was at 6.30am so we got up both mornings to watch it!
Quad biking was an optional extra for us and it was worth every penny – It was about EUR50 per person for an hour. There’s nothing quite like zooming up and over endless dunes in the desert!
Sunset Camel Ride
As well as stunning sunrises the desert also shows off it’s beauty at sunset with a sky of dreamy pastel hues. Our camel ride into the dunes for sunset was unforgettable. We also did a little bit of sand boarding while we were out there too!
It’s incredible how clear the sky is in the Sahara is. You can see the Milky Way full of it’s billions of stars and shooting stars steam across the sky.
Ok so I know I’ve already gone on and on about how amazing the Sahara is, but this by far is one memory that will stick with me forever. It’s also an example of how amazing the guys at Kam Kam Dunes were. On our first morning, I had asked if they could show me how to make Moroccan mint tea sometime during our stay. This small request quickly escalated into a midnight camel ride into the dunes with all the essentials like wine, dessert, drums, an electric guitar and portable amp… We sat around the fire, under the Milky Way, making Moroccan tea on the fire, playing music and telling stories. It was one of the most magical moments of my travels so far!
So have I convinced you to add a trip to the Sahara to your bucket list yet?
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You can see exactly what I packed for this trip here. Shop these items and support Jayde Archives at the same time by using some of the affiliate links below:
- Madewell Patterned Button-Up
- Free People Coral Tunic
- ASOS Denim Jacket
- Vila Blush Cardigan
- Black Puffer Jacket (old, similar here)
- Free People Patterned Maxi Dress
- Joe’s Dark Denim Jeans
- Marysia Pink Swimmers
- One Teaspoon Denim Shorts
- Treasure & Bond Pink Skinny Scarf
- Lack of Color Boater Hat
- Treasure & Bond Patterned Scarf
- Teva Tan Trekking Sandals
- Puma Basket Heart White Sneakers
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