Fes - Rissani
Your hire car is dropped off this morning and it’s a full day’s drive to Rissani, so we suggest leaving early. The roads are well maintained, everything’s signposted and you can take it at your own pace. If you would prefer not to drive yourself, then we can also organise a driver for you, so you can simply sit back and enjoy the journey. Your route today will take you past some spectacular valleys and mountain passes.
In Rissani we’ve selected a charming kasbah hotel on the outskirts of this small desert town. The hotel is tastefully decorated by the friendly owner Hassan, who also designed the sets for famous films like ‘The Mummy’. After your long drive, take a refreshing dip in the pool or relax on the terrace with a cool drink. In the evening enjoy a wonderful home-cooked tagine out on the candlelit terrace as you gaze up at the starry sky and look forward to your camel trek tomorrow.
Rissani - Erg Chebbi Desert
This morning, you can take it easy, take a dip in the pool or relax with a good book. If you want to look around town, there’s an old kasbah that’s open to the public across the road from the hotel. At the end of the afternoon, you’ll make your way to the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert at Merzouga for your camel trek. It’s a 40 minute drive and as you get closer you’ll see the orange dunes shimmering on the horizon.
You can park your car close to the kasbah hotel where you can have a refreshing drink in the garden. You’ll then hop on the back of your camel as the young camel drivers lead the way, guiding you through the dunes. After about an hour and a half, you’ll spot a small tented camp in the dunes. Your basic camp is little more than five Bedouin tents and stone water jugs. Mattresses and blankets are provided so you don’t need to bring your own. As the camel drivers prepare a traditional dinner you can go for a walk into the surrounding sand dunes. The unusual shapes, colours and deafening silence make this place seem almost unearthly.
Departure from Erg Chebbi
At the crack of dawn, you’ll be woken to see the sunrise. Climb up to the top of one of the dunes for the best view. Once the sun is up and the temperature begins to rise you’ll begin your camel trek back towards the inhabited world. You can have some breakfast back at your hotel and take a shower before you leave for your next destination.
Tips for the Desert
Best time to travel – The temperature in the desert can soar to searing heights. If possible avoid the hottest months (July and August) when temperatures can reach 45C.
Camel Clothes – Shifting about on the back of the camel in shorts can make your legs sore so long trousers are a lot more comfortable. Wear a sun hat and sunglasses to protect you from the harsh sun and a scarf to wrap around your head to protect you from the sand.
A peek at your accommodation
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