Morocco Camel Trekking

The camel trek in Morocco’s Sahara desert is one of the most unforgettable experiences you can have while visiting the southern part of Morocco. This trek will take you on a breathtaking journey across a sea of sand.

Camel excursions are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sahara desert and a must-do activity for anybody visiting. You’ll spend one or more nights in a desert camp or with a nomad family, learning about their way of life and daily routine.

If you have plenty of time in the desert area, riding a camel for several days and staying at one of the Oases or wild camping deep in the desert are both recommended activities. Although riding camels for several hours is not the most comfortable mode of transportation, it is unquestionably a “must” for any traveler interested in discovering the nomadic life.

The best and the most popular place for a Morocco camel trek is in the Erg Chebbi dunes, which are also known as golden dunes due to their orange color.

Without a doubt, spending the night in the Sahara desert should be on your bucket list while traveling to Morocco. Crossing the Sahara by a camel through its golden sands, watching the sun setting over the dunes, and sleeping in a desert camp under the millions of stars, is a lifetime experience not to be missed.

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Sahara Desert Treks

At Morocco Excursions, we provide different Morocco desert tours and camel trekking excursions and offer a variety of camping options. We have luxurious camps with private bathrooms on each tent and a deluxe camp with heating and air conditioning. The luxury camps are fully equipped with the necessary equipment to provide high-quality service and a comfortable stay.

Our standard camps are with private tents, a shared bathroom, beds, blankets, sheets, and everything else you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Each tent is decorated in a typical nomad style to give you a real nomad experience.

If you are looking for a real Sahara experience and live like a nomad for a few days, we recommend joining the wild camp trekking. You’ll be riding the camels deep into the middle of the dunes, far away from other camps and other tourists. Food, drink, small camping tents, sleeping bags, and a medium-size tent that will serve as a kitchen and restaurant will all be provided. The trek may last anywhere from one to four days, depending on the customer’s request.

For a different and unique experience, we also recommend wild desert safaris, staying with a local nomad family instead of a touristy camp. You’ll be riding the camels through the dunes to get to the other side of the desert, where the nomad families live. You’ll be discovering their unique way of living, and you’ll spend the night in their tent or mud house.

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Camel Trekking FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the desert, including what to bring, what to wear, when to visit, and how to ride a camel.

What to pack for the Camel trekking tours?
  • Backpack
  • For personal hygiene and clothing, a small backpack or medium fanny pack is needed.
  • Flashlight
  • It is good to have a flashlight if you want to walk in the dunes at night.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunglasses are recommended to protect your eyes from the sun and a sand storm.
  • Scarf or Hat
  • A scarf will shield your hair, ears, and nose from sand and the sun's rays.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunscreen is required, especially if you are coming from a country with a cold climate.
  • Shoes
  • You'll need shoes that are both comfy and attached to your feet.
  • Pants
  • Long pants are required to ride a camel, however jeans are not advised if you are traveling during the hot months. It's preferable to wear light, loose-fitting pants.
  • Water
  • The water is provided at the camp, but it is recommended to take one bottle each person for the camel ride.
How to ride a camel?
Mounting a camel is unlike mounting a horse, and there are few things to know. As the camel gets onto its front legs, you'll need to hold on to the saddle, lean back, and gently lean forward. It's not difficult, and our guide can assist you with any questions you may have.
What is the best time to travel to the Sahara desert?
The best time to visit the Sahara, ride camels, and spend the night in the desert is from mid-September to mid-May. It gets a bit colder at the end of December and January but the camps are equipped with enough blankets.Traveling to the desert during summer is not recommended due to the extreme heat during the day and night. As well as the fact that scorpions and snakes are more active during this time of the year. We recommend staying in an air-conditioned tent or a hotel with a pool, and ride camels only during the sunset or sunrise.
How to get to the Sahara desert?
Due to the good road conditions, the Merzouga desert (also known as Erg Chebbi desert) can be reached by a regular car. You may also take a public bus, hire a car with a driver, or join one of our desert tours departing from Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca, and other cities in Morocco. For more details about those options, please contact us or check our sitemap page to find more details about each tour and option.
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