Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Many people simply don’t have the time to spend more than a day on the Morocco Sahara Desert. And for that, ...
For those who are short on time, a sunset camel ride in Marrakech is a great way to have the experience. In case you have less time to spend in the city, there are other options such as early morning, mid-day, or afternoon excursions to the city. You can have this experience in the desert of Agafay, southeast of Marrakech and it takes only 45 minutes. The sandy dunes in the ‘Agafay desert’ are located in the western part of Morocco. It is a place full of colors and an interesting landscape with the appearance of a mountainous desert.
You will be picked up from your accommodation or riad and driven southwest of the city. The 45-minute drive is filled with sights of orange and olive farms and we'll pass many known sights on the road.
First, you'll need to arrive. When you do, see your camel group. Then get dressed! Get a head scarf and a blue coat. Be ready for some photos to take! After that, get comfortable with your camel ride. You will visit the terrific arid terrain landscape and enjoy the spring vegetation.
As you turn the corner of a long dirt road that leads to the top of a plateau, you see the most stunning view. You're on the very edge of the mountain and it's clear as far as the eye can see. The sunset is quickly approaching and you can tell that the sun is going to paint the sky with some beautiful colors.
Whether you are getting dropped off at your accommodation or riad be sure to be ready to leave at a set time. Make sure that your driver is there on time as well as the vehicle and make sure you reach the accommodation before it gets dark.
It's sometimes hard to choose between two equally attractive options. If you're looking to experience a desert while on vacation, but you only have one day, the Agafay Desert is an ideal place to visit. It can be explored in one day, while the Sahara Desert takes at least three days to explore. You'll still be able to experience the beauty of the desert and a lot of sand in the Sahara and the Agafay desert is rocky and barren. However, there will be some dunes that will give you a feeling of the Sahara.
Camels are very hard animals and they can walk through the desert a whole day with heavy weight. However, camel ride is very bumpy, for a normal person an hour's ride is enough.
When you're camel riding in Marrakech, it is essential to wear clothes that will protect you from the skin of the camel and the saddle. Skirts and shorts are not as comfortable as they seem. Furthermore, they might be quite slippery and uncomfortable on a camel's saddle. You should also keep sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle along with you. The camel rider will provide Touareg clothes that are comfortable for a camel ride.
If you want your ride to be comfortable then one child and an adult should get the ride. In some cases, two grownups can also ride the camel if their total weight is less. A camel can easily carry 150 kg weight.
No, you will not see any dunes in the Agafay desert, the sight is full of plain rocks and dune hills.