Sahara is the synonym of the desert; as you hear the word ‘Sahara’, the image of glittering golden sand strikes our mind. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Red Sea on the east, the Mediterranean Sea on the north and the Sahel Savannah on the south, this African desert is the largest hot desert in the world.
It is spread across the various countries of the continent, namely, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia.
Just imagine its vastness, simply incredible it is.
How to reach there?
- By tour Organizers
Many travelers visit Morocco specifically to explore the desert and spend a night gazing at the stars. Most of the travelers take an organized Morocco desert tour and guide into the Sahara from Marrakech. The price range varies from one tour organizer to another, but it comes out to be 60 bucks per person for a 2-day and 1-night tour.
Some of them travel in their vehicle though. If you don’t have yours, you have an option to hire a car and then rush to this exquisite place. If you are in a group and don’t want to waste your money on the travel agents or tour organizers, self-driving is the best option for exploring this desert. Make sure the vehicle you pick is well-maintained and you possess all the documents related to the vehicle. In case of hiring, deal with a reputed firm. This will assure you regarding the condition of the vehicle.
- Public Transportation
To your surprise, public transport buses are also available. Yes, it’s true. It’s a long journey that will take 12 hours for you to reach Sahara from Marrakech. Although it’s a slow journey, you can still make the most of it. Enjoy and explore while sitting in the bus and keep on adding the memories to your stock.
Temperature and climate
The temperature in the desert varies drastically from day to night. The simple reason is that the air is so dry that lets heat escape rapidly at night. The daytime temperature averages 38°C, in some deserts it can get down to -4°C at night.
Place of Accommodation
There are various options to stay at night. En route, there are various hotels, auberges and campsites to choose from. Generally, people opt for campsites as it renders an experience which is totally out of this world.
Things to Experience
- Ride a Quad Bike
Pick a bike on rent and visit local villages, discover palm groves or you can simply enjoy the landscape. Believe me, it’s fun!
- Sand Surfing
Just like we have water surfing, did you know you can surf on the sand as well? Just pick your sand ski or sandboard, choose one of the massive dunes and enjoy.
This is the most magical experience in the Sahara Desert, as it can’t be experienced everywhere. This place with utter silence and no light and no pollution is ideal for stargazing.
- Desert Spa
Saharan sands are supposed to have healing properties. Locals do take sunbath which they think is good for muscles, skin diseases, and aching limbs.
- Sit around Campfire
You must have done this earlier as well but campfire in the desert is an altogether amazing experience. Collect the deadwood and dry bushes and get your fire done.
Wildlife in Sahara
Among the species that can be witnessed in the interior regions are ostriches, raptors, secretary birds, guinea fowl, Nubian bustards, desert eagle owls and barn owls, sand larks and various other species which we didn’t even hear of.
Frogs, toads, and crocodiles live in the waters of the Sahara. You can also capture flocks of goats, sheep, and camels grazing and roaming here and there very easily.
Vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian options, are available in this desert. Couscous, meal paste (with meat and vegetables), tajín, camel meat, and goat meat are generally available. Meifrisa (a stew prepared with rabbit, lamb or camel meat, onion, and garlic, served atop unleavened bread cooked in the sand) is a traditional dish of the region. You can also find Ezzmit (cereals), Al aych (cereals with milk), Arroz con Pescado and various types of roasts. You can also encounter leafy vegetables grown amongst the dunes and stones.
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