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Rocky desert stretches down through long-dry river valleys scattered with crumbling earthen kasbahs, through ancient oasis towns and lush palm groves, to the wind-sculpted sands of the Sahara, one of the most beguiling places I’ve ever visited and one of the few places you can truly disconnect.

These are the routes of age-old caravans when hundreds of people and thousands of camels spent months oasis-hopping as they transported gold, salt and slaves from sub-Saharan Africa, across the desert to Marrakech and Fez, leaving behind a desert-crossroads culture.

Few visitors to Morocco make it this far, and those that do tend to opt for one or two nights in a desert campsite. But, if you have the time and inclination for something more adventurous, I can highly recommend the overnight wild camping camel treks led by Amazigh (Berber) guides. You’ll trek by camel and on foot over sky-high dunes, across hamada (lunar-like stony plateaus) and among desert scrub to Erg Chigaga, or the even more remote Erg Zahar, like the nomadic tribes of old.


Sahara trekking

An expert guide to the best treks in Morocco's Sahara

In my time as a guidebook author and journalist I've covered everything from trekking in Morocco, to food tours of mediaeval Fez, to designer shopping in Marrakech. I’ve scaled Morocco’s High Atlas peaks, surfed its wild Atlantic coastline and rafted the Middle Atlas rapids. But for me, trekking – on foot or by camel, or a mix of both – in the Sahara is to explore one of Morocco’s most fascinating – and misunderstood – regions...read more

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