Camel Trekking Morocco through the sandy dunes of the Sahara Desert is not far off most people’s wish list, and it’s easy to see why. With the hot sun heating up every path you take or the evening sunset changing the colour of the sand in front of your very eyes Morocco has everything you could ask for.
There is no better way to experience the highest and widest dunes of the desert than by Camel Trekking Morocco. Opt for a day’s outing with these beautiful and resourceful creatures or up to two week treks that take you further than you can every imagine.
Camel Trekking Morocco – The Camel Ride!
Yes, these treks include the most scenic routes in the world, however Camel Trekking can be uncomfortable. The ride for some can feel unstable and unsettling, especially after many hours travelling. But you will learn to adopt the most efficient position for yourself, either at an angle or on top of the Camel’s hump itself.
The ride is bumpy, as you can imagine but compared to horses it’s a lot smoother due to lower speeds. Camel’s move their right two legs then their left in tandem, this helps Treks become more bearable and allows you to soak up the experience in its entirety.
Dressing to impress needs to end when you meet up with your trekking party. Sensible loose-fitting clothing that will protect from the sun as well as provide comfort is essential. Jeans and skirts are out, the stiff bristle of the camels’ skin can irritate so cover up. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable will extend your experience and allow you to protect yourself as well as the camel.
Dismounting often and stretching before during and after the ride will help you adapt to the trek. Each time you get back on the saddle the ride will become easier as you learn how to ride like the nomads have been doing centuries.
Ethics of Camel Trekking Morocco
For many years Camels have been known as the ‘ships of the desert’ and have been an integral part of Moroccan history. For good reason thousands of tourists enjoy camel treks every year to experience the iconic animals in person as well as to delve into the Moroccan culture.
At present time Morocco does not have animal welfare laws, this makes it difficult for trekking companies to structure consistency throughout their tours. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that due to no laws these companies mistreat their animals. The majority of animal trekking companies realise that a healthy, well kempt and well rested camel has the ability to perform longer, allowing their trekking business to thrive.
But as tourists, we can help by not ignoring animal abuse and being vigilant for poor working conditions, poor animal health and abusive handlers during the ride. Voicing your concerns to tourist companies, as well as other tourists is an ‘invisible law’ that camel trekking companies rely on.
Their good reputation is their lifeline, if they are not being responsible for their camels and its reported this could shatter their future business. Keep an eye out for recommendations before purchasing a camel trek, but also keep an eye out for the camels themselves. They rely on you as much as you rely on them during your experience.
If you feel that you would like to help in some way, there are some excellent animal charities set up in Morocco to support the working camels, horses and donkeys. A good one to support is Spana.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Merzouga have all the Lawrence of Arabia fantasy backdrops you can think of with these unique dunes hosting the best experiences across Morocco. Here you can sleep under the stars with your camel crew and experience the vast wilderness of this beautiful landscape. This sea of sand on the border of Algeria has everything you could wish for when camel trekking Morocco, including a nomad guide.
The Sahara Desert needs to be ticked off your ‘things to do’ list whilst in Morocco. This expedition is the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with the traditional Moroccan environment. Occupying the nomad tents at night and travelling across the ancient Sahara by day this will be the chance of a lifetime.
The Atlas Mountains, the exotic souks and vibrant markets of Marrakech will fulfil your hunger for cultural heritage. However, trekking by camel following the Atlantic coastline is a lesser known but magnificent adventure.
The exotic souks and vibrant markets of Marrakech will fulfil your hunger for cultural heritage. However, trekking by camel following the Atlantic coastline is a lesser known but magnificent adventure.
Discovering the hidden fishing villages and Argan tree orchards of this coastline is just the icing of the cake when travelling by camel through this stunning landscape. Experience the Moroccan scenery on a camel and you will also be rewarded with deserted beaches and secluded hot spots. This adventure will only stop giving when you want it to, until then there is a treat over every dune.
What to Pack for Morocco
Morocco can be HOT! In fact the Sahara is a little too hot in summer, so avoid going to Ouarzazate in August. Essential items include suncream and a sunhat for sure.
A scarf that can cover up your shoulders and double up as a head scarf is a good idea for Morocco, especially for visiting religious places and preventing too much male attention!
As for clothes, light trousers, linen tops and maxi-dresses work well. You don’t need to pack more than one pair of jeans. Also avoid anything that shows too much skin – maybe not too many short skirts or spaghetti straps!
Further Reading on Morocco
Also, here are a few more articles to help you to prepare for your Morocco itinerary – have a wonderful trip!
- Things to do in Marrakech Morocco – Top 5
- Things to do in Marrakesh – Souks
- Essaouira AKA Astapor for the Weekend!
- Morocco Travel Advice – Female Solo Travel
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Camel Trekking & Night in the Desert Erg Chabbi Merzouga Morocco is one of must to do in Morocco, there are different options for overnight camel trekking :
1_ night camel trek where you will start from the erg chebbi area to take a camel ride for about 1 hour.
2_ Sunset or sunrise camel tour
3 _ 2/3 nights to explore the berber culture and visit small villages and nomads
We arrived in Merzouga on 31/12 at 4pm and all agencies, camels, guides, all was completely booked and full. I tried texting six different Whatsapp numbers on different websites but with no answer. Only Hassan replied he may arrange something for us. Within just 10 minutes or so, we were picked up at our hotel and we met with our guide with two camels. They came back from the camp just for us and took us for a sunset trek. It was really awesome!!! We went from zero hope to absolute happiness. It was just two of us and our guide with camels. And the price was only 200 MAD/person. Thank you, Hassan!!!
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Very interesting article & amazing pictures, Thank you so much for sharing with us, Really like it!!
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I really loved your blog and pictures, thank you for sharing with us, Keep it up!!
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Can you tell me where you flew in and out of in Morocco? From everything I’m reading, it sounds like people rarely fly in and out of the same city. Would that be difficult to do on a similar itinerary to yours? Thanks in advance!
I flew in and out of Marrakech! It was cheaper and easier that way for me coming from Manchester. You just need to allow a travel day back to Marrakech the night before your flight 😉