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Morocco Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert        

Morocco Camel Trekking – Merzouga & Erg Chegaga Desert

Starting Location

Desert Camp

Starting time

Around 16:00 Pm

Activity’s Duration

30 minutes to 1h

Ending Location

Desert Camp

About the Merzouga camel trekking desert activity 

Camel Trekking is what makes your Morocco Desert Tour an unforgettable one. So, it’s necessary to prepare for a camel trekking journey with a professional camel-man or to be sure before booking with a local travel agency in Morocco that they offer Desert Activities including Camel Trekking. 

Camel is the best transport to explore the Moroccan Sahara such as the famous Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga and Erg Chigaga Desert in M’hamid E’lghizlan. Upon your arrival in the Merzouga Desert, a professional man teach you how to treat the camel and give you an overview of your journey on a camel. Some of the visitors who never tried camel trekking before think that it’s dangerous to try, but in fact, camel trekking is a safe desert activity, funny, and adventurous.

Usually, the camel trekking adventure starts from your accommodation in the desert to reach the high dunes of Erg Chebbi (in Merzouga) or Erg Chigaga (in M’hamid). Riding camels takes from 30min to 1h if you book a desert tour and can take from 1h to 7h if you choose to discover most of the Sahara on a camel, and this type calls a camel trekking tour. 

Camel Trekking allows you to experience the real nomad life in Morocco and deep into the Moroccan Sahara culture.

Highlights of the camel trekking desert activity

  • Prepare camels with a professional man
  • Riding camels to Erg Chebbi Dunes 
  • Watching The breathtaking sunset over camels. 
  • Spend the night in a desert camp 

Frequent Asked Questions:   

Is Camel Trekking a Safe Desert Activity?

Yes. Camel trekking is a must-experience desert activity in the Sahara of Morocco to make your holiday an adventurous one. But, it’s important to try camel trekking with a professional camel man.

How long camel trekking takes?

It depends on the type of your booked tour. If you book a normal desert trip, the camel trekking in the desert takes from 30min to 1h to reach your destination. But if you book a long camel trekking tour in the desert, it may take hours each day.  

Should I take my luggage with me during the camel trek?

No. Not necessary to take all your luggage with you during your camel trekking ride. Instead, you can take the only things you need in this experience including water, sunglasses, and comfortable clothes. However, if you have anything from your luggage that is necessary to bring with you, so you should take it.

What if I didn’t like to experience the camel trekking? 

It’s optional to have a camel ride. But if you didn’t go through this experience, you will miss a wonderful moment in the desert. Camel trekking is a funny, adventurous, and safe desert activity that must be experienced.

Is Camel a predator or a Pet animal?      

Camel is a lovely pet and live with nomads for several decades. But it’s important to know how to treat him. And that’s why some local professional men and women were raised with camels and they know very well when they should be close to camels and when not to touch them. Also, it’s the traditional eco-transport in the desert and the best way to explore the Desert. 

Where to camp in the Morocco Sahara Desert?

The tourism sector in Morocco is well-developed and the government deals with all details that take off the comfort of tourists including five-star hotels, restaurants, tour guides, and transport. Also in the Sahara Desert, there are multiple choices of accommodations including hotels and bivouacs in the heart of the dunes, so that, you can choose from what suits your need. Furthermore, there are the traditional Berber Tents for a 100% local desert experience.

Is it safe to sleep in the desert?

Yes. Morocco Sahara is safe and you can spend the night outside the tent for the whole night enjoying the charming starry sky and feel the clean air. Desert night is something you shouldn’t miss during your stay in the Sahara of Morocco. But always take caution where ever you go.

Is it so expensive to camp in Morocco Sahara?

No, you have the choice of whether to camp in the desert at an expensive price or to camp at a cheap price. You can camp in the desert of Morocco at an affordable price. But you have to choose the right travel agency and the best accommodation for you. 

Is it possible to hire a transport vehicle in the desert of Morocco? 

Yes, there are a lot of agencies that ranting SUV cars for a big journey in the Sahara. But if you book with a local travel agency you may have this advantage. Your driver will take you where ever you want during your travel around Morocco. 

Is it possible to experience sandboarding in Merzouga?

Yes. You will explore several desert activities that you will love including sandboarding which is famous in Merzouga. The activity takes place in the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga and Erg Chegaga Dunes in M’hamid.

Which language or variety is spoken in the Sahara Desert of Morocco? 

Amazigh and Arabic Moroccan Darija are the spoken varieties in the southeast. However, Hassania is the spoken variety in the South of Morocco by the Sahrouian. 

How long Merzouga to Fes?

There are approximately 462 km from Fes to Merzouga and about 7h of drive. 

How long Merzouga to Marrakech?

There are approximately 557.2 km from Marrakech to Merzouga and about 8h of drive. 

Is the Morocco Sahara worth visiting?

Yes of course. Visiting Morocco is incomplete without visiting the Sahara Desert. Morocco Sahara is a charming landscape that you must visit during your holiday in Morocco. 

What are the best attractions on the way to the Morocco Sahara?

Several attractions in the south of Morocco can’t be counted all, but I will give you some:

  • Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Ouarzazate Studios
  • Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Taliouet Kasbah
  • Kalat Megouna
  • Thousand Kasbahs Road
  • Dades Gorges
  • Todgha Gorges
  • Merzouga Desert
  • Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Hassi el Biad
  • Khamlia Village
  • Rissani
  • Daraa Valley 
  • Zagora
  • Erg Cheggaga