Is the Sahara Desert On Your Bucket List?

by Nicole Farrell

One of the highlights on our Magical Morocco tour is an overnight 'glamping' experience in the Sahara Desert. We'll share some of our favourite photos from this amazing experience.

  

Our desert adventure begins in Merzouga, a small town on the edge of the Sahara. To avoid the desert heat, we start our camel trek around 5pm. It is a 1 1/2 hour ride into the desert.

If you'd prefer not to ride a camel, we can arrange a 4WD to take you into the camp. This is a fun, exhilarating experience!

Tips for the perfect trip:

- wear long pants

- ensure your camera/phone is fully charged

- wear a scarf which can be used to protect your face from wind and sunburn if required

- drink lots of water prior to the ride

  

 This is our luxury camp site. It consists of about 8 tents and a dining tent. 

 I just love this rug...........and most of the rugs I saw in Morocco! 

    

The bathroom in each tent consists of a basin, shower with hot water and toilet. The beds have warm blankets and the dining room is heated. It can get cool in the evening in the desert so you  need a jacket for sunrise and sunset.

Highlights of the overnight trip include:

- sunset 

- sunrise (it is tough walking in the sand to reach the top of the dunes but worth it! 2 steps forward, 1 step back!

- a delicious dinner inside the gorgeous dining tent

- watching the stars and listening to Berber drumming after dinner

  

Learn more about the amazing bucket list experiences on our Magical Morocco tour. Our tour departs October 2019 which is an ideal time to visit Morocco. The weather is mild with an average top temperature of 22oC.

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

by Nicole Farrell

Anytime is a good time to visit Morocco! Seriously, like all countries, there are things to consider when planning to visit. Public holidays, festivals and the weather need to be researched. I decided on November and our tour began in Casablanca on the 5th November. We had 2 fabulous weeks of weather with an average temperature of 21oC and only one morning of drizzly rain.

   

My idea of perfect weather for travelling is around 23oC. I like to be able to wear jeans and a shirt without sweating! As you can see by these photos November in Morocco is perfect. 

  

These photos were taken on early morning walking tours in Fes and Chefchaouen. I always travel with a few scarves (and inevitably buy a few more!) as they are great for mornings and evenings.

These photos were taken at Tichka Pass, the highest point we drove in the Atlas Mountains. We had not really dressed for the freezing winds and were glad to get back in our heated van!

  

The camel ride into the Sahara was a tour highlight. The tents were excellent and had warm blankets on the beds so we were not cold until we ventured out to watch the sunrise early the next morning! 

I took a merino wool top and merino wool jacket and they were perfect for the cooler days and nights. Other than that, I just wore 3/4 sleeve tops or shirts. Morocco is famous for a wide range of hand woven textiles so there are plenty of opportunities to purchase blankets and scarves!

Two Wheels Are Better Than Four

by Nicole Farrell

I'd heard great reports for the 'Delhi by Bike' Tour of Old Delhi and I was not dissapointed. The tour started early at 6 am to beat the city traffic and crowds. There were two guides, one rode at the front and the other rode behind. The ride was relaxed and the pace was perfect for a non athlete! The traffic was OK and I always felt safe.

   

We often jumped off the biked and wandered the lane ways and markets. This is an example of one of the old haveli (palaces). The process to restore them is slow but gradually gaining momentum.

    

The tour stops at various markets, including the spice market. We walked up a few flights of stairs to get an excellent overview of the local market and streets below. Even at 6am in the morning, the city of Delhi is bustling with activity.

My guide Tenzin had excellent local knowledge and shared an excellent insight into life in Delhi. We saw areas where men wait for casual work each day as labourers and tradesmen. We also saw a charity which offers medical help to street people or the poor. People que for hours to have wounds dressed or get medication. The service was run by volunteers and I was more than happy to offer a donation.

     

 Flower markets in India are a favourite as the volume and colours are something else! I highly recommend the tour and it is an option on our tours. If cycling is not for you, we offer a rickshaw option.

Stay tuned for another post about our breakfast on the tour!